Friday, January 18, 2008

flames v. kings pregame: goalies

the calgary flames officially signed cujo yesterday. i say 'officially' because the signing was reported early in the week, but during the news last night, as the anchor was handed a piece of paper, he announced " breaking news: the flames have signed curtis joseph, officially," which pissed me off cause when they said "breaking news: the flames have signed....." i was POSITIVE they were gonna say "dion phaneuf." which, of course they did not....

so i guess we have two NHL-calibre 'starting' goaltenders. alot of hullaballo has been made about cujo being one win away from tying terry sawchuck's wins-by-a-goalie record (fourth on the alltime list), which presumeably means he'll never get a W wearing the flaming C. i am pretty happy that there's a warm body on the bench that keenan will be willing to start, though, to give our kippy a night or two off. that said, i doubt the dogg [two g's cause he's pimp] will get any game action tonight, unless miikka decides to stink up the joint...

at the other end of the ice, the kings could be so lucky to have an experienced winner guarding the mesh. between aubin & labarbera, they have one quarter the number of career wins that joseph's got and 50% less wins than kipps (approximately). i'm sure they're counting the days until 08/09 when they can see how good jonathan bernier really is... still, the team is unbeaten in the last four, riding labarbera to some halfway decent stats during that period...

i can't say exactly what i expect out of the flames tonight. i presume (read: hope) that keenan will start conroy on the first line [my new theory on this situation is that if he's gonna play on the top two lines, let him play on the first since iggy and juice can get it done regardless], tanguay/langkow/moss on the second, nilson, lombo & boyd on the third & [please please please] smith, yelle & primeau on the fourth line.

did you see that ? i'm begging for primeau. that's where i'm at with the godard situation....

2 comments:

MetroGnome said...

Sadly, I think you're going to be disappointed by the lines tonight. Not that Primeau won't be in, but he'll be playing with Lombardi instead.

walkinvisible said...

fuck, i hate that line.

the whole "boyd looks like a rookie" idea seems to be magnified when primeau's sharing ice with him. and primeau seems to take more useless penalties with boyd, as though he's overcompensating for the kid's inexperience....

and we're on or about game 50 and i've yet to be 100% pleased with the use of lombardi....

we lose.