Dallas is another one of those sad teams that struggles to even fill half the arena on any given night. They have no business having a franchise but the Gary Bettman expansion put a team in the middle of Texas. Thankfully, that does benefit the league since garbage players like Ott, Riberio, and Robidas. Ott is your typical under your skin player, but Riberio and Robidas? I don’t know why those players need to epitomize garbage players. And otherwise exciting game was tipped in Dallas’ favour by a beautiful Robidas embellishment. What was otherwise an exciting game to watch was marred by these *insert expletive here* players.
Calgary had a chance to own sole spot of 8th place with a win and a Pheonix loss. Instead they are now three points out of the final playoff spot after their loss and a Phoenix win. A good point given their injury situation, but an ominous lack of scoring that’s rearing its ugly head.
What was more evident in this game compared to Toronto two nights before was the lack of scoring. Calgary is truly a one line team and it’s becoming apparent that may end up killing us sooner rather than later. We can’t get some players back from sick bay soon enough.
As for Dallas, they continue to lose players (Benn out with a laceration to his leg) and won’t factor into the playoff picture this year. That’s going to disappoint all 12 Dallas Stars fans.
The Flames need someone to step up to the plate that’s not on the top line. Right now nobody wants to fill in the gaps, but that kind of makes sense given it’s a team of minor leaguers, 4th liners, or waiver pickups after the top line.
We’ll see what happens in LA on Saturday. We can expect much of the same though. Hopefully the Flames will shore up their defensive mistakes and take two points.