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Okay, so the Vancouver Canucks are having a rough start to the season. The Ducks slaughtered us, and the Oilers squeezed in a shootout. Perhaps the third time is the charm, and if I'll eat my hat if there's a better team to do it against than the Calgary Flames.
The last time Calgary was any good was before the lockout (no, not this recent one, the one before it). Since I became a Canucks fan, Calgary has lost its fire, dropping from a true NW contender to a down-right trainwreck. Sure, they still have "Canadian superhero" Jarome Iginla and star-studded Miikka Kiprusoff, both of whom have had glorious moments over the last couple years, but they are both getting old. As for the rest of the team, there's nothing there anymore. Calgary might have just become more of a NW laughingstock than Edmonton!
Despite their mediocrity of late, we should still take this game seriously. For as long as I can remember, Vancouver-Calgary games always end up one of two ways. If both goalies, usually Kipper and Roberto Luongo, are both on their A-game, we get spectacular goaltending duels that usually involve save-of-the-year candidates. If one goalie is off-guard, however, we get blowouts that can often turn into excellent MVP-case evidence. Tonight, we have Cory Schneider in net, who has a 1-2 record in 3 career games against the Flames. If he expects to get the #1 job, he'll have to learn how to shut down Calgary on a regular basis.
Let's get it done, boys. Coconuts go!