Saturday, April 18, 2009

flames v. 'hawks game 2: um... interesting...

tsn is reporting the following lines:

squid-langks-bert
glenX-connie-iggy
bourque-jokinen-moss
nystrom-boyd/peters-lundy

while we all know that mike keenan practices new lines and then goes back to the norm all the time, these combinations seem to show some actual insight into the problems from game 1:

- iggy and olli are not working
- iggy and olli need to be protected defensively
- boyd/peters are better players than roy

the new first line is the oldschool second line which looked pretty decent in game 1, so that makes a lot of sense to me. it makes me a little nervous to think they'll see tougher competition and more icetime, but langkow is the steadiest guy we've got, and cammo obviously has the fire. if bertuzzi continues to play like he did on thursday (skating hard, EFFECTIVE no-look passes) then this has potential...

the new second line seems quite sensible as well; while i've been adament historically that conroy is not a first liner (and here, with iginla, he may get first line minutes), but i think the connie-iggy chemistry might still work. it's one of those "heck, ya might as well" situations... add to that the "babysitting" that glenX and connie can do for our struggling captain in the defensive zone and i'm all for it.

the new third line is sortof fascinating and the most likely to not stick (in my opinion). moss and bourque can even olli's bad defensive plays, while providing a very real possibility of offense. this could work out to be a genius move....

the new fourth line is so effing OBVIOUS that i can't believe it's not the one that played in game 1.

while i FULLY expect the keenan line blender to be on high tonight,
spreading out the "firepower" (hahaha) makes quenneville's line-matching that much more difficult. the re-insertion of boyd/peters adds a huge amount of solace to my poor heart....

no word on defense but my optimism has been raised by the news about the offense....

fingers crossed !!!!
go flames.

(ps: lundqvist is totally gonna steal this series for NYR)

7 comments:

R O said...

Iginla on the second line? Today is a sad day for me.

(not that I don't agree with the move... "tough love" as they say)

walkinvisible said...

theoretically, iggy will see softer competition on the second line. it's also totally possible tsn made up the 'second' line tag. who knows...

wrkd4it said...

Wow! An almost... maybe... lukewarm...practically a compliment for ol' Todd! Go Flames!

walkinvisible said...

he didn't suck, ma.
that's the truth.
;)

Brent G. said...

Your right to be optimistic http://communities.canada.com/calgaryherald/blogs/insideflames/default.aspx

Sarich is back and taking Erikssons spot in the line up!! Finally Keenan gets it!

mordecai go! said...

"it makes me a little nervous to think they'll see tougher competition and more icetime"

I think Keenan's going to try to roll 3 lines with the odd shift for the 4th line... That is until he decides to juggle his lines and put Iggy back with Jokinen. Maaaaaaybe it'll work this time?

Also I don't think the Cammalleri/Bertuzzi/Langkow line is going to get the tougher match-ups. I don't think Quenville is a big gambler and I'd be surprised if Keith wasn't out there every time Iggy's on the ice.

Also, I really hate Havlat. All those times he's burned me in my hockey pools. Now all of a sudden he's a mouth-running, clutch goal-scorer? In the playoffs no less... Ugh, I'm glad Sarich is back, maybe he can put him back where he rightfully belongs...the IR.

walkinvisible said...

Also, I really hate Havlat. All those times he's burned me in my hockey pools.

this is exactly why i detest pavol demitra. the dude stinks up the joint when i drafted him in 07/08 then goes to VANCOUVER and produces. could it get any worse ?!?!?

I think Keenan's going to try to roll 3 lines with the odd shift for the 4th line.

what i'm hoping to see is this, followed by a sub-up kindof double-shifting situation where his biggest performers of the night get more ice. ex: the occasional rotation of a nystrom-conroy-iginla line if nyzerman is having a good game.