6 Minnesota 0
So the Flames are
undefeated in the preaseason.
The jaded fan would
suggest that a preseason record matters very little.
The real games start in October, and the very real
games start in April.
They'd be right.
However, I can't
seem to get past the fact that I'd likely be writing
a very seriously toned article if the Flames were
0-3-1 at this point and not 3-0-1.
It doesn't count in
But it does seem to
matter just the same.
The team is playing
The Calgary Flames
had their way with the Minnesota Wild tonight to the
tune of 6-0. On the way many players made their case
for job placement with less than two weeks to go
until the season opens.
The best defenceman
on the ice tonight was newcomer Rhett Warrener.
Admittedly, the audition
was only 60 minutes in length but Warrener really
stood out as a clear top four defenseman - a
blueliner that combines physical play with mental
He started off with
an assist on Jarome Iginla's first period deflection
goal, and then added to it by making numerous sound
decisions and the odd highlight reel hit. Still
don't understand why he was send off for standing up
Looks like a great
The only candidate
for the "race for 7" to dress was Jesse
Wallin, and he likely had his best night of the
preseason. Wallin teamed with Warrener and was solid
and physical for most of the night, only looking out
of place on the powerplay.
with 22:33 of ice time and a +1 rating.
A big concern could
be Robyn Regehr, as the hulking defender was no
where to be seen after the first period.
For those that
haven't been paying attention ... there is a new
type of fourth line in town. One centered by Blair
This kid has made
the team, and what's more he has added an intrigue
in that he has likely been underestimated as to his
potential. He has great poise, patience and a good
feeling for the game. He may chalk up more points
this season than many have given him credit for.
To start the third
period, Darryl Sutter reunited the MCI line by
moving Dean McAmmond back with Iginla and Craig
The trickle down
effect created a "Kid line" that consisted
of Betts, Chuck Kobasew and Robert Dome. All three
scored in the third period to pace the Flames.
Dome was virtually
invisible through two periods on a line with Conroy
and Iginla but fit in well with the two other youngsters.
His goal actually came on a feed from Iginla
goal was his fourth in four games this preseason.
Once again one would say he didn't do a whole lot
but hit the scoresheet, a fact that should land him
a starting role in Calgary.
Josh Green took
somewhat of a step back on the night ... he fought
the puck and didn't manage to get a whole lot
accomplished when he was on the ice.
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Matthew Lombardi was somewhat meek as well, showing
he does need more time for development at the AHL
Roman Turek pushed
his shutout streak from 40 to 80 minutes on the
night, a fact that is promising, but shouldn't be
He made a number of
key saves in the second period when the Wild pressed
for the equalizer in a 1-0 game.
Brent Krahn mopped
up in the third period to preserve the shutout and
was unable to impress because of a lack of work.
Krahn only faced
three shots in the final twenty minutes. A goose egg
is a goose egg, but for a player that needs to stand
on his head to win the backup role, it just won't
get it done.