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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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Flames Need Urgency Back In Their Game

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Turns out you can quantify effort.

In the aftermath of last night’s 3-2 defeat to the St. Louis Blues, Flames head coach Mike Keenan had the proof in black and white.

“Probably the most telling stat for me tonight, and it is a compliment of the effort of all the players on St. Louis’ side, is they had 24 blocked shots to our six,” Keenan said. “If you look at that statistic, it’s pretty telling about A) their effort, and B) their desperation to win a game.

“I think they came out with that determination certainly in the third period when we had taken the momentum of the game away from them. They established their game and pushed us out of our game.”

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Flames Need To Think Defense

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

“I don’t know what’s going on,” said left winger Curtis Glencross amidst the fallout of Saturday’s ugly defeat.

“It’s obviously something we have to go back to the drawing board about, do a lot of video the next few days, and get back to the old game we played.

“We’re giving up too many scoring chances, and that’s the biggest problem. You’re not going to win if you keep giving up too many scoring chances.”

Remember how well they played after digging out from the mid-November debacle in San Jose? A major part of that turnaround was a commitment to defence.

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Flames Team Still ‘Developing’

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made bold moves at the NHL trade deadline in landing centre Olli Jokinen and defenceman Jordan Leopold. He was hopeful the additions would push Calgary into the elite of the Western Conference alongside the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

But Sutter’s splash has barely resulted in a ripple in the win column. While Jokinen has swelled his statistics with eight goals and 10 points in six games with the Flames, including a three-goal, two-assist effort in an 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre last Saturday, Calgary has only two wins in the six games since the March 4 trade deadline.

Even Flames head coach Mike Keenan was scratching his head when queried as to whether his team was ready to challenge the Wings or Sharks for the conference title when the playoffs begin next month.

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Kennan Blames Himself For Starting The Wrong Goalie

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames head coach pulled No.-1 netminder Miikka Kiprusoff early in the third period of last night’s 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, which should come as no surprise with the way the netminder was faring.

However, even though Kiprusoff allowed six goals on 22 shots, Keenan blamed himself for the goalie’s sub-par performance.

“He’d like to have a better game, I’m sure, but I think it was my fault for even playing him tonight because of what he had to go through and the work he had last game,” Keenan said.

“I take full credit for probably starting the wrong goaltender.”

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Flames Prove They Can Play With Any Team

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

As outlined in a handful of player meetings leading up to the game, the Flames not only wanted to stop a three-game slide, they knew this was their chance to prove to themselves, the Wings and the league they could skate with anybody.

The comments from the hosts following the game revolved around the relentless forecheck and aggression of the Flames, which eventually wore them down in a third that saw the road-weary visitors outshoot the Wings a stunning 17-2.

While that aggressiveness should have cost them the game, it ultimately won it for them, setting the tone for a playoff mentality that should see the even bigger, faster Flames focus on physically punishing whomever they play.

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