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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:04 am 
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Good year from the Flames. Nice pickup of Stone to secure the backend. Backlund has been great this year.....Jonny has been dazzling.....Monahan a work horse. TJ seems to have found his game and Giordano has turned into a solid leader. Elliott discovered the pipes again. Even Dougie is maturing.

I love Sam Bennett's game. He and Tkachuk are like piss and vinegar. Tkachuk may need to take it down a notch or teams are going to start running him (which they are doing already).

Unfortunately I did not make it up to Calgary a few weeks back to see a game or Tea Party.

Alas.......all signs point to a 1st round matchup with a superior team, The Ducks. A recent home and home showed the Flames just how well rounded and seasoned the Ducks are. While the Flames are good....the ducks are better for now. I think the Flames could at least take it to 7 this time but they would need all hands on deck to beat the Ducks...and then it comes down to coaching Carlyle clearly has the edge on Gulutzan. Its a shame because I think they could go far but the Ducks are clearly a team that has the Flames number.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:02 pm 
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I think a ton of it has to do with Mikael Backlund's resurgence. Not sure what the hell happened last year but he has found his game again. You can't put a premium on good two-way forwards (TAKE NOTE AVALANCHE).


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:17 pm 
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Matthew Tkachuk has created a new stat: Most suspensions drawn by game. His grand total is now up to 14(!). 10 for the Witkowski incident, 4 for what went down with Landeskog the other night.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:03 pm 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Matthew Tkachuk has created a new stat: Most suspensions drawn by game. His grand total is now up to 14(!). 10 for the Witkowski incident, 4 for what went down with Landeskog the other night.
What does he say / do to make the opposition go so crazy? He must have some good smack.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:26 pm 
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Logical Progression wrote:
What does he say / do to make the opposition go so crazy? He must have some good smack.


Well, he gave Witkowski a little poke to the back of the knee with his stick as the guy was leaving the ice following that huge brawl, not sure what went down between Landy and Little Tkachuk earlier, but I think there's a history.

Dude just seems to know how to push buttons, that's for sure. His old man did that to a certain extent as well.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:44 pm 
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Gulutzan had a very public meltdown at practice that saw him throw a stick into the stands, and that was definitely by design. We’ll see if it has an effect but they won their last game against the Ducks in the waning seconds of the third.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:24 am 
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This team has been all over the map this season. Sometimes they play with effort, sometimes they care, sometimes they don't.....Mike Smith has been their saviour this year.....and Johnny has been his usual solid self. Hamonic has been ugly and Brodie's game has fallen off. The Backlund line hasn't been as good as they have been in the past and the 3rd and 4th lines haven't been good until the recent call ups. Hamilton might care even less now that Freddie is gone.

Mangiapane has been great since called up and I like the grit of Hathaway. I suppose I also need to give props to Ferland (the Flames Kevin Stevens).

Its hard to give a team heart. That's what Veterans do, well Veterans that can actually play (see Gelinas). I think a lot of the mediocrity can be attributed to the organization's dogged loyalty to certain members of the team that shouldn't have occupied a roster spot.

With their backs to the wall for this 2018 season they've had some recent character victories but can they continue and will it be enough to get in the dance? We'll see....I am not sold on this team as is. Gulatatackson will obviously be a casualty if they don't make it and I would expect further changes.

Big stretch coming up here this week should determine which way the wind blows.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:59 am 
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I'm going to blatantly copy the title of this thread. But with more algebra.


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