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Flames continue slide

Posted 1:10 AM ET | Comments 16
The Calgary Flames lost 2-1 to the New York Rangers tonight.

The Flames had their chances to tie the game, but were stymied by the post, Martin Biron’s pads/glove, or a combination of both.

This is an all too familiar tale.

So what else can I say that hasn’t be said already. Nothing really, and so instead I will look at some individual efforts that have stuck out recently – both good and bad.

Jarome Iginla has been Jarome Iginla lately, and this is nothing but a good sign for this hockey team. Pucks have been finding the back of the net and he has taken control of the play when given the chance. With nine goals now, and seven in the last five games, Iggy is back on pace for roughly 35 goals, which is exactly what we expect from the captain. With trading him seemingly not in the cards right now, Calgary needs Jarome to keep on rolling.

Jay Bouwmeester has stepped up of late. He has been a +7 in his last five games, has consistently logged 25+ minutes of ice time a night, and has chipped in with a goal and an assist. He hasn’t had the point totals we had hoped for from him since he arrived, but I would like to believe he has finally found his place on this team. I have said it before that when he came over from Florida, he was a little lost. In FLA he was counted on to be the man, whereas here he needs to be part of a system and that has hurt his production in my opinion.

I’m not sure we will ever see the offensive numbers he put up in Florida unless the mindset of the coaching staff drastically changes. What we can expect is a steady, smooth skating defenceman who can jump into the rush when called upon and is as reliable as they come on the defensive end. $6.68 million – probably a little high, but he is improving with each game.

Anton Babchuk is no Ian White, and that’s not saying much. Over the past two games since Babchuk arrived he has been nothing short of terrible. The shot everyone has talked about hasn’t been seen. He looks slow, which on this team, means you must be REALLY slow. He gets caught out of position a lot and is making Giordano’s job much more difficult. The guys on the FAN960 pre-game were talking about this and was one of the reasons I watched him more closely tonight, and they were bang on with what they were saying. Babchuk is not ready for full-time work in the NHL. Ian White may have been a -10, but the way Babchuk is playing, he makes White look like Nicky Lidstrom. Wouldn’t you rather see Brodie or Pelech playing than this guy? I know I would. -1 Calgary, +1 Carolina.

A surging Devils team is next on the docket for the floundering Flames. Henrik Karlsson looks to get his first start (or so it was reported by Roger Millions) since an October 28th 6-5 loss to the Avalanche. Kipper has started 10 straight going 2-7-1 over that stretch.

The Flames need a win.

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November 23, 2010 2:18 AM ET | Delete
They arent a bad team they just dont seem to win the close ones. Call it bad luck, bad breaks, often the victims of something, what a friggin never ending rut.
November 23, 2010 3:18 AM ET | Delete
November 23, 2010 3:21 AM ET | Delete
i agree, they aint terrible, but they aint winning the cup with that roster. they look great at times and then just disappear. one gd game verse two bad or medicore games wont work. kipper is doing his part, making great timely saves to c his team fold in front of him. iggy is playing great! maybe the perfect time to move him or try to. i think the trading of iggy for young players and draft picks still needs to be done to save the team, the team of the future that is. KIR
November 23, 2010 9:57 AM ET | Delete
2 wins in 11 games? We're a bad team.
November 23, 2010 10:37 AM ET | Delete
I agree with Rink, on paper we're an above average team compared to a lot of teams with the amount of 20 goal scorers we have. On Ice we are the oilers or leafs, it's a tough pill to swallow but reality is like that.
November 23, 2010 10:50 AM ET | Delete
For the umpteenth year in a row, we seem to be worse than the sum of our parts. A bunch of "decent" players that can't bring it all together. Change coaches, change players, but nothing seems to change on the ice. For whatever reason, they just aren't good enough. And are getting worse. Old and slow - fragile and inconsistent - the collection of players the GM has brought together is failing.
November 23, 2010 1:19 PM ET | Delete
I just wish Peter Labardious (sp?) would quit with the kiss of death. He says so and so hasn't score in 10 games, they score! He says the opposition hasn't give up a 3rd periond lead this season, and it holds true. He says player a is looking for goal 1000, and they'll get it next shift. Driving me nuts.
November 23, 2010 1:34 PM ET | Delete
Rink, the good thing about that is that decent players should be tradeable assets. Unfortunately, about a dozen of them need to agree to a trade in order for it to occur.
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November 23, 2010 2:49 PM ET | Delete
Sorry man, computer went to sleep
November 23, 2010 4:08 PM ET | Delete
jtommy - Yeah...I suppose the question is if/when does management decide to blow it up, and how many of the players will waive if it happens?
November 23, 2010 4:11 PM ET | Delete
we need an offensive system...kind of hard to win games when you're all about defense and have no clue what to do on offense...it just seems like every time the Flames sign/acquire a decent player, that player just goes downhill from there...i think if the Flames would have resigned Bertuzzi and Cammalleri a couple years ago, this club wouldn't be on the outside looking in
November 24, 2010 11:22 AM ET | Delete
Rink, ultimately, I think most of the NTC players would waive if they were asked, provided they were being moved to centending teams. They all signed these contracts with the expectation that Calgary would give them a shot to win it all. If Iggy's moved, or Kipper leaves, then there's no longer a reason to stay.
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