The Calgary Flames host the Buffalo Sabres tonight in a game that the Flames hope they can hand to the Sabres, in other to continue dropping down in the standings. Little does Calgary know that nobody, and I mean nobody, tanks like the Buffalo Sabres!
Tonight’s Opponent: The Calgary Flames
Record: 27-34-7, 61 pts.
Standings: Thirteenth in the Western Conference
Current Streak: Lost one
So the other day, Sabre Noise founder Tim Redinger was kind enough to come watch my son play in the Pepsi Tournament in Buffalo. We had a good time watching the young kids skate, and were having a good time . . . and them Tim asked me how I could stomach watching my kid wear a Calgary Flames jersey.
See, my kid plays for the Cortland Flames, and our association’s logo is the exact same flaming C that Calgary uses. Yes, my kid’s team uses the same logo as one of the NHL’s most depressing teams.
On the bright side, my son’s team came in third in the tournament, so at the very least they have that much going for them: unlike Calgary, they actually win more games than they lose.
The Calgary Flames do have one player I sorely wish the Sabres could have drafted: Sean Monahan, who is having a great rookie season (19-11-30) despite the fact that he is struggling to put up pints as of late. Monahan might not develop into a truly elite center along the lines of Sidney Crosby or Ryan Getzlaf, but it’s a pretty safe bet he’s going to be a damn good player. Jay Feaster, call us! We can work something out.
In addition to being a bad team, the Calgary Flames have another thing in common with the Sabres, which is a rotating-door policy to goaltenders right about now. The Flames traded Reto Berra to Colorado, and have seen Karri Ramo miss time due to a knee injury. As a result, the Flames are relying on Joni Ortio, recently called up from the AHL, to get the job done.
Joni Ortio vs. Nathan Lieuwin. There’s the marquee match-up the NHL was hoping to see tonight!