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Kiprusoff Injured.

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They just convincingly beat Detroit, after a game at home versus Chicago where they outshot them 47-19. Emery putting on the performance of his life is the only way that Chicago got that game to OT, where they ended up winning in a SO.

In complete opposite fashion to us, the Flames are showing signs of strength in defeat, whereas we're (IMO) showing signs of weakness in victory.

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Irving, a former 1st round pick in 2006, has shown pretty fine numbers at the pro-level, it'll be interesting to see what he can do. If he can hold the fort, then the Flames have an answer for when Kipper retires..

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I have a feeling that Irving will shine. but that's just me. Kipper has a season or 2 left in him so we do need a younger goalie and he could be it. (wishful thinking) :emot-parrot:

I was wondering if they should Laurent Brossoit a chance? who will be Irving's backup anyways. so many question marks :picard:

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from Grantland's NHL Goalie Controversies joke article the other day:

Calgary Flames: Miikka Kiprusoff vs. A Tired Miikka Kiprusoff

In this corner: Miika Kiprusoff, the only goaltender in the NHL to play every minute of every game for his team so far.

And in this corner: An empty locker with a Post-it note attached to the door reading “Just start Kiprusoff again.”

The battle so far: OK, technically the Flames’ backup is Leland Irving. But considering Kiprusoff has played in 70 or more games each of the last seven years, there’s a non-zero chance that Irving goes the whole season without ever taking his ball cap off. And that’s despite the fact that Kiprusoff has the worst save percentage in the league so far.

And the winner is: Leland Irving. Would you want to play every game for the Western Conference’s worst team?

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I find it kind of funny King made that thread saying we will miss the playoffs and that Calgary would win the division.

Then we come out and play better with 2 of our top 6 forwards gone than they do regularly. :lol:

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the game against chicago yes they outshot them badly but they had a 2-1 lead with 30 seconds left in the third and couldn't hold a lead against a tired team so again yes they are as bad as people think in fact without kipprusoff their worse

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I doubt that.

Yeah I thought we came out unprepared as we usually do (Thanks AV), but as the game went along we carried the play, EDM's 2nd goal came against the flow of play. 5 on 5 we were clearly the better team and we outplayed Edmonton in the 3rd and Overtime.

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Mind you, they are without the best, if not, the 2nd best defenceman the NHL has ever seen, in Nicklas Lidstrom, and they lost Brian Rafalski a year before that. 2 of the NHL's top 50 defensemen of all time gone. Along with the best net presence in Tomas Holmsrom. Just like that. You tell me how a team recovers like that and still somehow manages to be at .500 level. In five years, Detroit will be a middle of the pack, rebuild team. Datsyuk and Zetterberg will be gone/old. Kronwall will be in his mid 30s. Same with Franzen. Dunno how Jimmy Howard will hold down the fort with the loss of their D and arguably the best two way forward in the NHL.

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Then they hope Ramo/Ortio/Taylor/Brust/Broissot/Gillies will be able to take a starting role.

But I did hear on the radio it may have been a minor tweak of some sort, so probably not long term. I guess we wait and see.

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Thank you for adding credence to my point of them showing strength in defeat. They should've got those 2 points, but Chicago happened to luckily get a very late goal to send it to OT (kinda like Bieksa against Edmonton), where they won (kinda like Vancouver against Edmonton).

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This is an outright lie. I said that it would not surprise me, which is a major difference. I did predict that the Canucks would miss the playoffs, but I did not predict that Calgary "would" win the division.

And I wouldn't be too cocky, if I were you. Vancouver has only won 2/9 games in regulation time. 2 of their wins have come in shootouts. This is what I mean by "weakness in victory".

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I find it kind of funny King made that thread saying we will miss the playoffs and that Calgary would win the division.

Then we come out and play better with 2 of our top 6 forwards gone than they do regularly. :lol:

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My dad was a huge Montreal Canadiens fan back in the 70's. He used to get frustrated with them because they would 'only play well in the 3rd' on many nights. Time and again, they would get some lucky bounce, a flukey goal or just suddenly show up for a few minutes and then win the game. The Habs won 6 SC in that decade.

I guess really good teams win games even when they're playing like s***.

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