GDB: OMG BOA

Taylor McKee
December 27 2013 12:01PM

 pic via: PremierofAlberta

It is a great time of year to be a hockey fan. As is boxing day tradition, I am sure many of us set our cell-phones for a painfully early wake-up on boxing day to take in the most hallowed of holiday traditions, the Spengler Cup. As I am sure you all know,  Byron Ritchie helped Canada to a 5-4 win over Viktovice Steel of the Czech league which delighted the entire family I am sure.

It is important to remember that in the eye of the 'Spengler Hurricane' as it were, that is the non-stop wall-to-wall coverage of Team Canada in Davos (who will Alexandre Bolduc be playing with?! Is this Glen Metropolit's last Spengler?!) there is still NHL action to consider, and for Flames fans it doesn't get much better.

It is the 213th installment of the Battle of Alberta tonight and both teams are coming off big victories. With their respective wins in their last games, the Oilers (12-24-3) just snapped a six-game losing streak while the Flames (14-17-6) won for the first time in four games.    

THE LOCAL HEROES

Here is the exact same lineup that shocked the world by erasing a two-goal deficit and beating the Blues in a shootout. Big thanks as always to DailyFaceoff.com for the info.

  • Cammalleri - Backlund - Byron
  • Galiardi - Stajan - Stempniak
  • D. Jones - Colborne - Hudler
  • Bouma - Monahan - McGrattan
  • Giordano - Smid
  • Butler - Brodie
  • Breen - O'Brien
  • Berra

After taking a nasty knee-on-knee hit from St. Louis' David Backes, Many assumed that Matt Stajan would be missing some significant time. Those people forget that Matt Stajan is not just simply a  'player' in our little game called 'ice hockey'. Matt Stajan does not just take up a roster spot and soak up minutes. Matt Stajan is an idea, an idea that can never be defeated by knee, stick, or discouraging word. Matt Stajan makes me want to be a better man.

Because the hockey gods harvest my tears and use them as fuel for the furnace they use to toss ex-Flyer goalies into, Paul Byron might not be able to go tonight after taking a spill in practice. Byron has been playing exceptionally well of late, including a behind the back, no-look pass to Mike Cammalleri in the last game against St. Louis. It does seem as though the accident in practice wasn't too serious, leaving the ice only for precautionary reasons and will be in the lineup for tonight. 

Chris Breen draws in again tonight, so Mark Giordano should prepare to play 59 minutes.

Reto Berra is getting another crack at the Oilers after allowing a Taylor Hall goal when he was less than five seconds away from his first career shutout in his last outing against the Oil. Against St. Louis, Berra was solid, making 32 saves and winning in a shootout. The Oilers will likely try to put a lot of pucks his way tonight as they have had success from let's say interesting angles against Berra in the past:

Hopefully, Berra has a short memory because that one still stings to watch.

Sean Monahan continues to play on the fourth line while he struggles to re-adjust to game speed after the hairline fracture of his foot. You can look up his numbers over the past few games on ExtraSkater.com but I would recomend that you don't. Just know that things have not been going very well for the youngster of late. What has masked Monahan's unceremonious fall from grace has been the ascension of Backlund so it isn't all bad news down the middle for the Flames.

THAT TEAM UP NORTH

 
Here is the Oilers roster tonight thanks to Dailyfaceoff.com

  •  Hall - RNH - Perron
  • Joensuu - Gagner - Eberle 
  • Smyth - Gordon - Hemsky
  • Gadzic - Lander - Yakupov
  • Ference - J. Schultz
  • N. Schultz - Petry
  • Belov - Potter
  • Dubnyk

Both the Flames and Oilers are coming off big victories as the Oil beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on Monday. A game in which Nail Yakupov finished with two points and 12 minutes in penalties. He seems to be adapting well to his new role, playing with Luke Gadzic.

The Oilers are missing Marc Arcobello to a rib injury and Philip Larsen to the flu which explains why Roman Horak was recalled yesterday. However, it does not look as though the Flames will get to show their Horak tribute video tonight as he will likely be watching from the press box. 

The Oilers start beleaguered tender Devan Dubnyk tonight whom is currently sporting a sub .900 SV% and a 3.38 GAA. Dubnyk has had a rough ride this season in Edmonton but it he is hardly the reason that the Oilers are angling for a top-five pick again. However, he has let in some groaners this season from distance, the type of which that gets the fanbase to turn on you in a hurry.

Tactics-wise, tt is the same old story with the Flames and Oilers, they are going to watch to push the pace and turn the game into a track-meet and the Flames will want to try to establish their offensive pressure below the dots. At times this season, the Oilers defense, and the defensive zone coverage from their forwards and in particular their centremen, has been frightening. The Oilers are dead-last in the NHL in goals allowed with 134 and goals allowed per game with 3.44 (though the Flames are third-last so let's not get too uppity).

SUM IT UP

This particular Battle of the QE2 doesn't have any post-season implications and it features two of the Western Conference's worst teams. But who cares? These games mean something. The last two games against the Oilers, the Flames blew leads in the third period which garnered special attention from Brian Burke during his press conference after Jay Feaster's firing.

I know that we all are realistic about the team this season and most of us have succumb to the idea that losing a lot this season is probably a good thing for the long-term health of this franchise. But you always want to beat the Oiler because, well, it just feels so damn good. So make it happen Flames.

The Puck drops tonight at 7:00 pm MT on SNET West.

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Taylor splits time between UVIC and Calgary studying history. Taylor likes the Flames, the Cannons, Buckshot, and the Oxford comma. Taylor scored on his own net on dome ice when he was 8. Twitter: @TaylorMcKee_
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#151 Baceda
December 27 2013, 09:28PM
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After watching this game I definitely am starting to look forward to some of those Big/Skilled players that we're all expecting Burke to bring in now

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#152 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 09:35PM
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typical oil win... refs factoring in to the score sheet. oh well... i hope edmonton actually climbs up to 25th this year

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#153 Veggie Dog
December 27 2013, 09:39PM
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Two bs calls by the refs altered the course of this game.

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#154 Burnward
December 27 2013, 03:31PM
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@Johnny Larue

Firstrowsports.eu is my go to when overseas.

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#155 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:10PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Yea Smid.........he was one of the toughest on our team, and was never really recognized for his contribution in that regard.

Who is our new tough defenceman back there now? Stringbean?

Rama......this is OILERS Nation....get your sh*t together....Smid a Flame now....he was a pus*y when he played for us....now that he's wearing red he's a 220 lb tampon!

Edit: I don't think you're allowed to say tampon on this site so please edit out tampon and replace it with pylon. That is all.

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#156 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 04:32PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Lee Stempniaks wife is a guy?.......well that's handy....cause he could just take out his dentures to provide the uh.....you know....service.

Edmonton fans are real mature.

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#157 Oilerz4life
December 27 2013, 05:18PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Oilerz4life.....you gotta keep this between you and me....(.I was just trying to get under the shell of the Southern Eggs by comparing one of their better players to a guy we traded for a sixth rounder....shhhh.)

lmao

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#158 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 06:20PM
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Burnward wrote:

Must be an Oiler fan! Ha!

I might be a flames fan after tonight

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#159 Truth
December 27 2013, 06:22PM
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@Burnward

Maybe he should have spent some time learning the North American game in the AHL.

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#160 drdoogie16
December 27 2013, 06:57PM
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You Oilers idiots actually confirmed my suspicions and cannot read, thus not knowing what stats entail (but that's okay as long as you can drive your Ford F150 with your hoodie on to your O & G service work - Have fun with that) Flames have been in most one goal games in the league this year and unlike the 'Oil' have beaten the likes of L.A., Chicago and St. Lou this year (pretty sure all Oil victories have been against non-playoff teams but I digress). So, predicting a 5-2 victory is... well so Oil fan like, not knowing the stats leading up to the game and all. Enjoy the game Fedorchuk, Krupinski or whatever your names are and close your eyes when McGrattan closes Gadzic's with an overhand right.

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#161 Hauk15
December 27 2013, 07:13PM
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a huge face palm to dallas eakins forward lines and starting goaltender .

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#162 Monaertchi Gaudnett
December 27 2013, 07:21PM
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Flames are not shooting the puck enough for my liking.

The oilers are sucking enough for my liking, though.

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#163 RKD
December 27 2013, 07:40PM
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How much did Oilers management pay off the refs tonight?

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#164 Primo
December 27 2013, 08:11PM
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vetinari wrote:

@Primo - ah, you're just sensitive that someone had to tell you that OilersNation and FlamesNation are linked together tonight.

You, sir (madam? other?)), seem to think that we actually LIKE our management team. We know that they are incompetent. And that they have stripped a once proud franchise down to pretty much nothing but hope, underachievers and unfulfilled promises.

And we all know the storyline of 2013-- the Flames are "hard working" while the Oilers are "talented underachievers".

But let me let you in on a little secret: hard work without talent gets you just as far as talent without hard work (check the standings if you don't believe me). But I'd rather have underachievers on my team than talentless plugs because you can't teach talent and once they get motivated, watch out...

Thanks for letting me in on the secret. Do I need to wait another 8 years for those underachievers to start achieving? I admire your patience but no thanks. I will settle for the direction the Flames are on after 6 months of rebuild rather than wait another lifetime and seeing more shattered dreams of great young hockey talent drafted by the Oilers.

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#165 Burnward
December 27 2013, 08:16PM
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vetinari wrote:

I, obviously stand corrected-- please tell me about the talent that Calgary has assembled? Educate us heathens...

Just watch the game. That's all I can say.

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#166 Oilerz4life
December 27 2013, 08:46PM
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Clyde wrote:

Gagner! Worth a top. 2 def? Good one

If Phaneuf is unhappy in TO and a pending ufa it wouldn't be the first lopsided trade to go down, but its only hypothetical lol.

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#167 Burnward
December 27 2013, 08:47PM
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@Serious Gord

Frustrating game. We got robbed, the Oilers got a gift...and here we are.

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#168 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 08:52PM
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@Oilerz4life

I love this hypothetical question!! I have 2 packages for them to choose from.

Yakupov, Petry, this years 1st + prospect

Or

Eberle, Schultz, this years 1st

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#169 Oilerz4life
December 27 2013, 08:56PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

Hypothetical question arising from the comments of kypreos:

If Burke fires Hartley should the oil hire him?

Seems to be doing a hell of of a job with what he's had to work with.

Could he get similar overachieving results from this oiler roster)

Does that mean Hartley injects hard work and toughness into the Oilers line-up? That's a pretty tall order lol.

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#170 Burnward
December 27 2013, 08:56PM
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@Serious Gord

IMO, Hartley has done a great job. The team has consistently improved, we have a solid defensive structure in place.

But in your hypothetical scenario, why not?

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#171 Clyde
December 27 2013, 09:09PM
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Baceda wrote:

Where the f*&@ is Backlund? Seem's like he's barely played since that great opening shift

He doesn't go to the dirty areas. Apparently he is a good possession player so is loved at flames nation

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#172 RexLibris
December 27 2013, 09:11PM
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RKD wrote:

If it weren't for Berra, this game could have gotten ugly.

Did you ever think you'd say that?

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#173 MontanaMan
December 27 2013, 09:14PM
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Hey Reg - next time you take the Red Arrow south, check out our downtown and the beauty of our city. Then head back home and look at your delapitated downtown. Check how many head offices are in Edmonton. I work with many people from Edmonton and it doesn't take long to notice the difference. The difference is people WANT to move to Calgary. Accept the reality that Edmonton will never be the city Calgary is. The sooner you accept it, the easier it will be.

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#174 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 03:20PM
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Tonight will be the night Ferrance gets what's coming to him!

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#175 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 03:56PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Now I understand why the Oilers bought extra turkeys for all the Flames players........let's hope they gorged and gorged and are feeling a little sleepy out there.

SMID will be looking to run some players he did not like........should be interesting!!

Smid run somebody??..........Ladislav Smid??.....hahahaha....good one!

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#176 Serious Gord
December 27 2013, 04:18PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

The Oiler's line-up is a mess.

I had the same reaction. God this team is a mess.

That said, on paper the oil should win easily - Glencross and Russell are out and that really robs Calgary of a lot of their toughness and determination.

And the oil needs this game far more than the flames do.

With Doobie in net I'm going with a shakey GDP of 5-2 oil.

(but if doobie lets in a laugher or two and/or the team comes out giving less than 100% it could be a rout for the flames...)

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#177 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 04:33PM
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ChinookArch wrote:

Lets face it, if you're looking to find something that stains try OIL. It makes for a permenant mess.

Better yet...burn the damn jersey....just don't throw it on the ice...apparently that's bad etiquette.

The bet was you'd wear it...nobody said anything about giving it back in one piece.

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#178 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 27 2013, 05:12PM
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Burnward wrote:

Pfffft. Homer was a hack.

You see! Burnward a bad egg?...I think not!!

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#179 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 05:21PM
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vetinari wrote:

*Puts down glass of Chardonnay, turns down fire and places copy of "the Iliad" on the mantle..

Oh yeah, but do you know why the Flames have no friends and can't have anyone over for coffee?

Because the Oilers have all the Cups!

Edmonton really does have a rich history. Just like Toronto. History. predating the digital age. That (history) and a toonie will get you a cup of coffee.

Then I see Oiler fans writing Flames with a capital L... seriously? now THAT is mature (for middle school).

There are some actually classy and even thoughtful Oiler fans. in Fact, he comments on Flames Nation all the time.

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#180 Burnward
December 27 2013, 05:28PM
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@Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

You can prop me again here. Ha!

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#181 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 05:46PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Keith....hold up the fingers on your right hand and start counting...ready....one..STOP!............what are we talking about Keith?

I love how Edmonton fans (and management) always bring up All the cups they've won. That was a long time ago. Maybe that's part of the problem in Edmonton, living in the past. Your team now in no way resembles the eighties teams. Lets look at the now and future. And I see an oiler meltdown again tonight. Maybe All those rings will help someday. Can't see how.

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#182 Primo
December 27 2013, 05:58PM
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Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate wrote:

Wow an EPIC FAIL*

must be written by fLames Fan

It's GAME DAY BITCHES

*----------------------------------------------- No GDP, OGDP, NSOGDP. Nations readers look forward to these.

GDP: Hall scores 2. Oil romp 5-2

OGDP: fLames score softies on their first two shots, before surrendering 5 straight

NSOGDP: after Hall blows around Laddy Smid to score his second, he winks and says to Laddy, "Just like it used to be at practice, eh Laddy?"

I suggest you go back and join the Oilernation website and align yourself with the ailing Oiler fans and talk about the over 500 losses your team has incurred during the recent years. You might want to also mention the pathetic Eskimos and enjoy the pathetic state of affairs in Edmonton! Losers!

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#183 Oilersman
December 27 2013, 05:58PM
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Nice article. I've always wondered why the Flames and Oiler fans have always had an insurmountable amount of hate for each other. Could it be that the Oil have so much more of a rich history? Had so much more hall of fame material by which developed on their own as kids and not brought up by another organization? I see why the oil have been hated for all those years. Those playoff losses hurt I know. I've felt that before. The Oil fans, are they hating because Calgary is so much more beautiful? The one Stanley that should have been Edmontons? Or just the fact that they own us lately? I'm not sure, but I love our upside and would not trade it for the Flames current state or any previous. Lots of pieces missing but the B. O. A will be great again. Just can't wait!

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#184 The poster formerly known as Koolaid drinker #33
December 27 2013, 06:05PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Better yet...burn the damn jersey....just don't throw it on the ice...apparently that's bad etiquette.

The bet was you'd wear it...nobody said anything about giving it back in one piece.

I think I will just wipe me arse with it just before I give it back to him.

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#185 Jeff In Lethbridge
December 27 2013, 06:12PM
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vetinari wrote:

You know, those are all good points. But let's look closer at the history of the two franchises.

Let's look at who had more Cups... my friend Wikipedia tells me the Oilers have 5 to Calgary's 1...

Let's look at whose last Cup was more recent... again, it looks like Calgary's sole Cup came in 1989 while the Oiler's last Cup was in 1990...

And whose team made the most recent appearance in the Stanley Cup finals since their last Cup victory... well, Calgary was there in 2004 while the Oilers were there in 2006...

Seems to me that if the Oiler's accomplishments were a long time ago then Calgary's accomplishments were an even looooooonger time ago...

I'm thinking more of how the Flames have dominated the oilers for 10 years, winning 27 of 29 games, or something like that (sorry I don't know the exact number)

So, if the Flames suck so bad, imagine where that leaves the oilers who are worse? Oh ya, the last in the NHL 5 years running hahahaha :-)

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#186 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 06:13PM
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Can't decide if I should bother watching, which is sad considering its a BOA

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#187 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 07:51PM
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Judging by the amount of high quality saves Dubnyk has made, I'd say there's atleast 2 blue line floaters coming up

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#188 Burnward
December 27 2013, 07:52PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Sacred goal. Off the blessed crest of St. Smytty and into the heathen net.

Beautiful.

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#189 Burnward
December 27 2013, 07:53PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Pretty ridiculous no-go call against the Flames there.

Yeah. That was weaksauce.

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#190 Burnward
December 27 2013, 08:01PM
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@vetinari

You're buying into another narrative though, that the Flames are "talent-less plugs."

We may not have first overall talent, but we are far from that.

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#191 Monaertchi Gaudnett
December 27 2013, 08:11PM
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vetinari wrote:

I, obviously stand corrected-- please tell me about the talent that Calgary has assembled? Educate us heathens...

Well, no player on the oilers has more points than the Flames' Hudler.

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#192 Oilerz4life
December 27 2013, 08:37PM
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What would you sacrifice off of the Oiler's roster to bring in Shea Weber? Very hypothetical I know lol.

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#193 Serious Gord
December 27 2013, 08:52PM
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Oilerz4life wrote:

If Phaneuf is unhappy in TO and a pending ufa it wouldn't be the first lopsided trade to go down, but its only hypothetical lol.

Seven mill for seven years aught to make him LOVE TO.

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#194 Clyde
December 27 2013, 09:07PM
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I would trade one of rnh/hall, Schultz and a first for a difference making machine who can play 30 tough minutes a night any day. If Nashville wants klefbom or marancin, I would still do it. He would make the oil that much better

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#195 Clyde
December 27 2013, 09:14PM
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J wrote:

Joe colburne is so bad. Monahan is still playing like he is injured. Time for Corban knight

Knight has 2 more points after 1 period tonight

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#196 MontanaMan
December 27 2013, 09:30PM
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Has Eberle been this bad all year? And based on how he's playing, hard to believe Petry had spent time in the press box off and on all year.

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#197 RexHolez
December 27 2013, 02:33PM
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Shredder wrote:

Oh come on guys, for both the Flames and the Oilers: this is their playoffs. Tonight will be one of the best and most intense games of the year for both teams.

their playoffs is the preseason

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#198 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 04:29PM
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@vetinari

And how many first overall picks has Calgary had? Edmonton? Edmonton s picks have really paid off hey?

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#199 Keith Fredlund
December 27 2013, 04:46PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

We're on a mission to collect as many first overall picks as we have Stanley Cups......it's going to take a while.

Keep picking the wrong guy at one and see where it gets you. Still behind the Flames. Your mission will soon be over if you want as many first picks as cups.

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#200 Serious Gord
December 27 2013, 05:03PM
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If there is one thing that the flames dominate the oil in its this:

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/NBCSports/Components/Slideshows-NBC_sports/NHL/Ice%20Girls/091111_FlamesIceGirl2.ss_full.jpg

Magnificent - especially if you are down in the evison young seats...

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