today felt like groundhog day, the movie, to me as i spent the entirety of it (as i did yesterday) looking forward to tonight's matchup with our division rivals from the american rockies. with any luck, the game will also be a repeat of the nov 18th contest, where the flames played their best hockey in years, dominating their opponent to a 3-0 final.
what i noticed at the nashville game last week was that the defensive pairings TOI is starting to even out; gio/sarich are clocking in around 17.5 mins, regehr/aucoin around 21 and phaneuf/pardy around 25. this is a far cry from a month-or-so ago when dion was literally playing half-games and gio was only getting about 12 minutes of icetime. special teams are also, obviously a factor.
go flames !