October 12th, 2002
|Starlight Star Bright
Flames best have to be their
Amazing how much hope and
promise can literally disappear with sixty minutes of a hockey season. I guess
what they say is true ... one is only as good as their last game ... what have
you done for me lately, says the Calgary fan to the hockey club.
Well they did very little, and if
they are as good as their last game they are damn awful.
Fortunately there are 81 other
chances to redeem, with tonight being the first against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers and Flames hooked one
just one time last season, with the Flames handing the Flyers a surprising 4-2
setback on a road trip in early March.
Philadelphia managed an overtime
tie with the Oilers to open their season two nights ago, and are fresh off a
Banff training camp stop over to work on team building skills.
BY THE NUMBERS:
The Flyers first
game in Edmonton only featured 15 powerplays, low by preseason standards. Six of
the 15 advantages were dulled out to the road team, while the Oilers were on the
powerplay nine times. ... The Flames and Canucks only shared 12 powerplays (six
apiece), hinting that maybe the preseason was more of a test with the regular
season showing a reality. ... The Flames have a 23 way tie in goal scoring with
zero. The same 23 players are also sharing the lead in assists and points. Jamie
McLennan leads the team in goals against average. ... John Leclair, a former
start that has struggled through back ailments each of the past two seasons
scored both goals for Philadelphia. Former Flame Marty Murray picked up an
Calgary: Jordan Leopold (concussion) is out.
The Flyers had some nagging injuries through training camp, including Mark
Recchi, Eric Desjardins and Jeremy Roenick. All three played opening night in
WHO TO WATCH:
best players ... as a
group the Flames
came up empty on opening
night, leaving a lot to
prove for eight or so
hockey players. The
Flames big line has to
be the Flames big line.
The clubs veteran
defence have to take a
leading role in the
physical and defensive
game. Their second line
has to show signs of
life. ... Roman Turek
... though included in
above, it will be
interesting to see what
type of start Turek has
tonight. Even on his own
admission he struggled
in the first against
Vancouver, setting the
table for a tough night.
... Craig Berube ... the
Flames nuckle duster is
set to play his 1000
game should he start
tonight. Considering the
fact that Berube broke
in with the Flyers in
the 80's, Gilbert will
likely insert him
Flyers style ... with former
Dallas bench boss Ken
Hitchcock calling the
signals from the bench it
will be interesting to see
if the offence first Flyers
find a defense first mantra.
Htichcock is an old school
transition coach that relies
on prevention before turning
the puck the other way and
letting the stars do their
things. Tough coach ...
coach killing team ...
something has to bend. ...
Pavel Brendl ... the former
Hitmen star made the Flyers
out of camp but was a
healthy scratch to start the
season. He may get the nod
have any doubt in my mind that
things can work. I know things
will work and our line can
the third period, we started
clicking together and reading off
each other and were more
relaxed." - Chuck
Kobasew on his NHL debut.
first game was against Pittsburgh. I was
called up because we had back-to-back
games against the Penguins, and I think
I took 45 minutes in penalties that
night because I wanted to make a good
showing. That (Flyer) organization means
a lot to me. They gave me my first
opportunity to play. We went to the
(Stanley Cup) finals my first year, and
we had one of the best teams in the
league." - Craig Berube on his momentous
Flames and Flyers met once last season:
Tonight's clash is the only meeting
between Philadelphia and Calgary this