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It’s always darkest before the dawn, said a famous scribe. Well the Flaming C are in the midst of an important 6 game homestand and they are running around with flashlights on their spelunker helmets. Saturday afternoon featured a rare 2:00 MST start against the Nashville Predators and they came out guns a-blazing….then the harsh reality that is their offense-sunk in.

Nic Hagman was today’s press box passenger as Roman Horak drew into the lineup. Derek Smith again played ahead of Tony Babchuk. Kipper was back between the pipes. Sounds like the A-B-C’s to victory no? Coach Sutter even incorporated the 3 F’s when dealing with his herd of horseheads. He was fair, firm, and friendly. He had the boys winning the important puck battles with the 3 A’s of corner supremacy; those being awareness, angle, and attitude. The first period had the Flames dominating the puck with seldom seen vigor, yet the puck stayed in front of Pekka Rinne. They moved the puck well on the powerplay, the puck stayed out. The fellas had an 8-3 shot advantage after one period yet had nothing to show for it. It looked like a team that was 4 and 0 against Nashville last season, and indeed they were. They were in dire need of someone to provide some genuine creativity on the O-front and maybe get them a little confidence, yet still looked like a bunch of muckers playing keep away from an even less skilled team.
Period 2 was more of the same with Nashville revelling in their road game plan. Finally they opened the scoring with a pathetic double deflection bank shot that provided the winning goal. Brian McGrattan got on the scoresheet with quite possibly his first and last point of the season. The Flames tried to provide some genuine scoring ops but were stymied by Rinne all afternoon. A disallowed goal was the closest they came to taking away the shutout. The Preds added a second and final goal after a flurry of activity in the visitors end, a common irony.
Perhaps they home squad deserved a different fate but the fact remains they frittered away another important deux points. But as we all know, its going to be that much better when they start firing on all cylinders. Lets just hope that happens sooner than later. 3 points out a possible 6 isn’t enough so let’s hope they can get back in the win column next Wednesday vs the Avalanche.

Running on empty,

Scooter Stern

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