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Fourth Line Dominance

Posted 1:55 AM ET | Comments 9
Saying that our fourth line was good for the first game was one thing. The second game, impressive. The third straight game in which the fourth line outperforms the other three is astounding and re-iterates the immense amount of depth on this Flames squad.

Let’s look at the stats for the first 3 games:
Sjostrom- 2 A, and a Plus 3
Nystrom- 2 G, 1A, a plus 5, and 1 fight
Prust-1 G, Plus 3 and 2 fights.

Not to mention they never quit skating and create insane energy when on the ice. Sjostrom’s speed is up there with Glencross and the hands of both Prust and Nystrom or very underrated. Although Nystrom’s hat trick was rescinded he still had a fabulous tip in and great reflex shot over Jaroslav Halak. These guys can skate, hit, fight and score and they are the Flames 4TH LINE!

With this added depth, it is hard to say that this is not the deepest the Flames been since the early nineties. Not to mention we have Jason Jaffray in the press box, fresh off an impressive pre season campaign and chomping at the bit to get into the action.

And it’s not just our low end forwards that are providing the spunk, it’s also the back end lesser lights that have really shown they belong. The emergence of Adam Pardy has to be mentioned. He already has amassed one goal, two assists, is a plus 5 and has had some timely hits in the first three games. Remember, he had 10 points all of last year. Stefan Kronwall has been an admirable replacement for Cory Sarich and is a tower on skates. Mark Giordano has matured by leaps and bounds in the past year and his smooth skating ability and “calm under pressure” mentality has easily moved him up the depth chart; not to mention a fantastic block at the end of the game tonight.

The Flames look good; their depth has been proven over the first three games of the season. Kipper has been fantastic, minus the third goal tonight, and without him we are winless, not unbeaten.

If the Iggy and Jokinen wake up, hopefully tonight was the start, and the defence tightens up on late period mental lapses, then watch out for the Flaming C!

This has been,

Newman on the Flames
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October 7, 2009 10:29 AM ET | Delete
October 7, 2009 10:33 AM ET | Delete
Great Blog. I really hope the top line can sort it out. That said I wouldn't mind seing one of the speedy guys (Borque, glenx or Sjostrum) switch out with moss. Not that Moss isn't playn well they just don't seem to gel. Moss is a beast on the pp though. All in all a great start and it's good to see the team improving every game!!!
October 7, 2009 10:38 AM ET | Delete
You have to think that eventually all of this depth scoring will take some heat off iggy on Jokinen. The 2nd line looks great too although I was a little disappointed with Dawes last night.
October 7, 2009 10:43 AM ET | Delete
I don't ever remember a Flames team where three games in and everyone on the roster has registered a point! After two games Kronwall was the only player left that needed a point. That is unreal!
October 7, 2009 12:06 PM ET | Delete
I totally agree - the fourth line has been great and Pardy and Kronwall have played exceptionally well for a third line pairing, but, and this is just out of curiouslty, is there one dman on that team right now that would want to play with Dion?
October 7, 2009 12:14 PM ET | Delete
I agree. Dion played like garbage. I want to like him but he is being outplayed by every other D man!
October 7, 2009 5:31 PM ET | Delete
October 7, 2009 11:17 PM ET | Delete
sjostrom was great for the rangers.. youll love him, and he can play the PK well too
October 8, 2009 9:42 AM ET | Delete
I wonder how long they can rely on their fourth line to win games for them...Phaneuf is overrated scum.
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