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Iginla Needs To Be Better

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So, now that the Flames have succumbed to Vancouver, let’s watch this Jokinen fellow. He’s had his honeymoon, and now some hard times.

School is in on the big Finn. Let’s see if he is there to help lead the Flames out of this skid, or if Jokinen is willing to settle for the mediocrity that has thus far enveloped his National Hockey League career.

It seems impossible to think that a group of Top 6 forwards including Iginla, Jokinen, Langkow, Mike Cammalleri, Todd Bertuzzi and the speedy Curtis Glencross would go through as prolonged an offensive slump as the Flames are in.

The pieces are here. So why does the puzzle look so patchy?...

At times like these the leaders have to lead. That means you, Jarome.

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Keenan Defends Phaneuf

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

“I think he’s had a year of growth,” Keenan said. “Again, he’s 23 years old. People forget that. He’s learning. He’s learning more about his game. He’s learning more about the defensive aspect of his game. He’s learning more about the offensive aspect of his game.”

In 76 games, Phaneuf has 11 goals and 45 points with a plus-minus rating of minus-13.

“He will have fluctuations for a while yet, because of his age and his inexperience,” Keenan said, of the former Norris Trophy nominee. “He’s had some very strong games. For example, I told him he was a force in the Pittsburgh game. He was probably the best player on the ice. Because (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin were non-decript. They didn’t want anything to do with them. They certainly knew he was on the ice. They were looking for him. And he was a force in our game against Minnesota, and he was very much a part of the game last night.”

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Flames Choking Again

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Sitting 13 points behind the Flames just two months ago, the Canucks enter tonight’s game in Minnesota just one point behind the NHL’s Northwest Division leaders with a game in hand.

More importantly, their schedule is far more favourable than a six-game Flames finish which includes four road tilts and three back-to-back affairs. The Flames have won just six of 22 back-to-back outings this year.

Last night, the Flames continued their freefall with a 2-1 loss to an injury-riddled San Sharks club which included more no-name products than Superstore.

And the noose tightens.

The undeniable truth is the Flames are gagging down the stretch—again.

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Can’t Agree More

via Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

With the playoffs fast approaching, can we please make a sincere request to a small, miniscule, fraction of the fanbase at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Shut up. Please. For five minutes, please put a sock in it.

Case in point: Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Heather Liscano launches into the Star Spangled Banner. And some idiot starts yelling, “Nabokov, you suck!” “Thornton, you suck!”

Very original.

Look, fans pay their money, so they have the right to hurl insults at the players, coaches and officials. That’s the way it works.

But can we please show some respect to both national anthems? As Canadians, we want American fans to act civilized during O Canada. Should we not repay the favour?

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Bad Turnover Gets The Blues Rolling

from Michael Arace at Puick-rakers,

Blues forward Brad Boyes scored what was the most important goal of the game. Steve Mason went behind the net to play a rim-around, he had some time and space and he turned and looked up ice. Mason isn’t terrible when it comes to handling the puck, but he is no Ron Hextall. Mason, a la Hexie, tried to balloon the puck over everyone in attempt to clear the zone with one swipe. Mason partially fanned, however, and the puck never got off the ground. It slid directly on to the stick of Boyes, who was coming, left-to-right, into the slot. Boyes had the whole net at which to shoot and he did not miss.

“If you’re going to pin the loss on anyone, pin it on me,” Steve Mason said.

read on for an in-depth look at last night’s St. Louis/Columbus game and watch the costly turnover by Mason below…

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Would The Blackhawks Prefer To Play Calgary?

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles and the Chicago Daily-Herald,

After what happened Sunday night at the United Center, you’ve got to wonder if it would be better for the Hawks to face Calgary in the first round of the playoffs than Vancouver.

The Canucks can be a physical, nasty team with a more complete defense than Calgary, a more intimidating goalie in Roberto Luongo and a more dangerous top line with the Sedins and Alex Burrows.

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Darryl Sutter Wants Improvement From Top Players

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Currently ranked 25th in the loop with an average of 3.05 goals surrendered per game, the high-flying Flames have completely abandoned the defence-first system Sutter implemented when he coached the squad up until three years ago. That’s almost a goal-per-game more than the top-ranked Boston Bruins. No other team ranked worse than 21st in the category is playoff-bound.

But the big problem his team is having now is much broader than that.

“I just think our top players all at once aren’t playing very well,” said Sutter, whose club lost seven of its last 10 games before last night.

“We’re sort of in a position where we’re comfortable with a playoff spot and everyone else is playing and fighting like hell to get one. If our top guys get back to playing, we’ll stay in first place.”

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Flames Need To Head In The Right Direction

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

It wasn’t all that long ago Mike Keenan’s name was being thrown around as a coach-of-the-year finalist.

Over the last few days, the debate has taken on a decidedly different flavour as many are starting to wonder if he should be shown the door.

Blanked in successive road games and losers of seven of their last 10, the Flames are doing exactly what Darryl Sutter suggested doomed them last spring: Limping into the playoffs….

Apparently unsure whether the key to success is striving to somehow regain their defensive edge of years past or attempt to run-and-gun with all comers, the Flames appear somewhat directionless.

Despite their talent and depth, they have no identity no set lines, and soon, they likely won’t have a division lead and accompanying home-ice advantage thanks to the surging Vancouver Canucks.

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Flames Not Battling Enough

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

First, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat them 2-0. Then, on Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked them 5-0.

“It’s frustrating to get embarrassed like that,” spat defenceman Adrian Aucoin. “Tonight in particular. We lost every battle. Power play. Penalty kill. Even strength.

“We just didn’t make the easy plays. We didn’t play as five-man units out there. They really exploited us for it.”

Fellow defenceman Robyn Regehr offered up a similar assessment.

“We got out played in every area tonight,” he said. “It comes down to work. They out-played us on the penalty kill. The power play. Even strength.

“We’re just losing way too many battles. One –on-ones. In front of the net. Everywhere.”

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Bertuzzi Expected Back Tonight

According to Vicki Hall of Flames Insider, Todd Bertuzzi will be in the lineup tonight when the Flames meet the Blue Jackets.

“It feels pretty good,” Bertuzzi said, slipping the brace off his left leg. “I’ve practised a couple of times pretty hard, and I’m no worse for wear.

“Looking forward to getting back in,”

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