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The Ultimate Question

Posted 4:07 AM ET | Comments 10
Will the Calgary Flames make the playoffs?

That seems to be the question I hear more than any other when I watch TSN, Sportsnet, TheScore, or drop in on conversations at the local watering hole.

So, will they?

Well it’s a little more complicated than that. It involves beating out seven other teams in a very, very competitive Western Conference.

I could go through every team and tell you what’s good and what’s bad about each and every team and why the Oilers will fail because they are still one year away and how the Kings might be the team to watch this year because Kopitar, Doughty, Johnson, and Bernier/Quick in net make up the next coming of the Blackhawks. These are things that people who read this blog already know, or at least, should know — if you are new to hockey world and do not read other columns or blogs, then welcome, we are talking about a game played on ice where the goal is to shoot a rubber disk into a net more times than the opposing team.

It’s not roller hockey, field hockey or tonsil hockey. And no one calls it ice hockey either, it’s just HOCKEY.

The Flames, for their role, are an enigma wrapped in a riddle covered in a Twinkie – the Twinkie being Darryl Sutter.

No one can really make sense of the team and who can blame them?

Amid one of the strangest off-seasons in recent memory the Flames subsequently stormed through the pre-season with nary a blemish on their record -- except of course the stampede of Flames players to the ER.

Are they simply building up false hope for a city of a million people that won’t deal well with another hockey-less spring?

They have the goaltending, and they have a core group of defenders to assist with the keeping the puck away from the net idea. What is there really?

Oh wait, I think I was talking about putting some sort of rubber into a large gaping cage; and no I’m not referring to the video’s you find hiding in your dad’s dresser drawer entitled “Shoot it in my 5-hole.”

Scoring goals; it’s the most important aspect of winning in hockey and last year the Flames stunk at doing so.

So in saying that, the Flames will not make the playoffs if they don’t

A) Learn how to score on the power play
B) Learn how to score 5 on 5
C) Learn how to score on the power play


D) Find a way to get Olli Jokinen off that top line because we know that he and Iginla do not work well together. Tried it once, didn’t work. So, Sutter, take a lesson from the wise Homer Simpson: “You tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is never try.” If only we had a delorian to ramp up to 88mph.

And usually people end off their preview posts/articles with a prediction, and so, as I do like making lofty predictions I will say this:

The Oilers will miss the playoffs, despite being one of the more fun teams to watch. The Canucks will not win the Stanley Cup, despite coming very close. The Leafs will not make the playoffs, despite Brian Burke being a total wiener to 99% of the viewing public. As for the Flames...well, I still feel like a lost child roaming the rink in search of answers to that ever so-complex question that I was asked in the first place.

Will the Calgary Flames make the playoffs?

To tell you the truth, I still have no idea.


Filed Under:   calgary flames   jarome iginla   nhl  
October 7, 2010 6:41 AM ET | Delete
October 7, 2010 11:26 AM ET | Delete
i really think it comes down to tanguay. if he gels with olli, then the falmes will have him and iggy putting the puck in the net. olli needs to play with a play maker, something he did not have last time. if they don't connect, then he won't be any good with hagman and bourque (neither are legit playmakers). which would mean he would be down to the 3rd line. which will put us back to last year.
October 7, 2010 12:35 PM ET | Delete
it could either be a really frustrating year or a really good surprising year...tonight should be fun though!
October 7, 2010 1:06 PM ET | Delete
Flames will make the playoffs. So will the Oilers. Big drop in points this year for Colorado, Nashville, and Chicago while Minny, Anaheim, Columbus, and St. Louis. will stink out of the gate.2010/2011 will become known as the default year where Calgary and Edmonchuk become known as the best of the worst. I can just see the chants on the Red Mile and Whyte Ave now..."DEFAULT! DEFAULT! DEFAULT!". sends a chill down yer spine, no?
October 7, 2010 2:38 PM ET | Delete
Good blog.my take on the pre-seasonhttp://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=56586
October 7, 2010 2:38 PM ET | Delete
October 7, 2010 5:39 PM ET | Delete
One of, not both, of the Flames and Oilers will make the playoffs this season. The Flames should, considering the players they have...but the Flames are a team on the decline, so this season could also be the beginning of the end.
October 7, 2010 6:05 PM ET | Delete
Hey Maxbone, what makes them a "team on the decline"? They missed the playoffs last year for the first time in 7 years, and have made adjustments to improve. Is it simply because the players are a year older? Is Detroit also on the decline? Is San Jose? Stick to your fanatical raving about the "up and coming" Oil.
October 7, 2010 7:34 PM ET | Delete
My paper included a 'preview' which pegged Calgary at the BOTTOM of the conference, 15th of 15. I say they will finish as a 3 or 4 seed.
October 7, 2010 10:41 PM ET | Delete
This should be Pardys last game
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