Discussion in 'Calgary Flames' started by The Gnome, Mar 7, 2018.
Oh, come on. Poor Rittich.
I was saying this last offseason, but fans and friends would say, "but the 3M line was one of the best in the league". Sorry, but Tkachuk is way better than Backlund and Frolik and you're right that his playmaking skills are being wasted on that line. Playing with Backlund is fine, he's a good possession center and can shoot, but Frolik isn't good enough to stay with Tkachuk. Line should be Bennett-Backlund-Tkachuk with Frolik moving down to the 3rd line.
That's just terrible
****... o well. Strong game all around. Repeat in Ottawa and then let’s start playing proper at home against isles.
I agree with this
Mmmm so delicious and yummy
when Dougie scores.
Also Bennett is our best player. Sounds like he Johnny were making magic.
Well done, boys. I've been to so many Flames at Sabres games and decided today not to go lol. Maybe I've been the curse in Buffalo all of this time.
I've seen some really bad losses in Buffalo. Glad we finally dominated them.
Now if the Caps and Jackets could do us a solid tomorrow pls
Now that was a good game. Hope they can continue the winning ways. They must.
Nice win, hopefully they do the same to the Sens as retribution for the kicking they gave us at the start of the season.
I agree he needs a new line but I don't think Backlund should be on it.
That forces Tkachuk into too many defensive match-ups and zone starts.
At least Rittich has nobody to blame but himself for the shutout being ruined.
Here’s the lineup they should use:
Gaudreau - Monahan - Brouwer
Frolik - Backlund - Lazar
Tkachuk - Bennett - Ferland
Mangiapagne - Jankowski - Shore
I'd rather see a Monahan-Backlund-Tkachuk line. Monahan's a better shooter and plays the game at a similar tempo to Tkachuk. Would also allow Gaudreau to play with Bennett on more of a speed line.
I can dream.
or we just roll with the lines that won us a hockey game 5-1
I'm at least happy the Stewart experiment is over, that was painful to watch. Would like shore to draw in soon 4th line: Stajan-Shore-Lazar/Brouwer should be decent.
So now we are putting Monahan and Tkachuk into heavy defensive roles and zones starts? How does that make sense?
Because that Jankowski line will need buttery soft match-ups and defensive responsibilities, the Gaudreau line can't match-up defensively against good lines and I guess the 4th line can take some responsibility but then they are playing way too much.
And now Gaudreau is going to have to carry two guys by himself instead of one guy (Ferland) with help from Monahan? Ferland is having by far his best season with Gaudreau and Monahan to help him and he still is putting up ok numbers at best, how is he going to come close to producing even ok numbers when going from Monahan down to 30 point Bennett?
I'm no flames fan, but i've watched a ton of flames games...how can you undermine ferland like that? he has 28 even strength pointes, monahan in contrast only has 9 more. And it's not like ferlands been on the first line all season, but he's been an engine that generates a ton of chances whenever hes been given an opportunity.
He hasn't been in the 1st line all season?
First of all PP points count just the same as ES points so I am not sure why we are just ignoring that, second Monahan has a history of putting up better seasons than Ferland career best and your "only" 9 points is still 9 points.
Finally watch them play it is clear Ferland relies on the other two while Monahan is able to create offense.
I realistically know that they're not going to take Brouwer out, and honestly it's a toss-up between him and Lazar for worst forward on the team. Hathaway has been worse lately, so I wouldn't be averse to him being out. Lazar in no way, shape, or form, is better than Jankowski. The only thing Lazar has going for him is speed and heart. He's not a particularly smart player, he can't make (or take) a pass to save his life most of the time, and I'm convinced any goals he scores are blind luck.
To be fair Stewart is probably the worst forward on the team
lol good point. I'd forgotten about him.
I actually don’t mind Lazar. He looks like a guy that is playing to not make a mistake, hence the zero creativity. Lazar believe it or not, has a good shot but we haven’t seen it all season. I’d love to see him get Hathaway’s spot who should not be playing on the Flames. If he got a little rope, I think he would surprise a few people.
Hathaway is solidly better than Lazar in my opinion, or is at least playing better hockey. You might be right that if Lazar got a little rope he could outperform Hathaway, but I don't necessarily know that I see anything that would make me believe that. I think Lazar basically is what he is. Hathaway I think even has a bit of room to grow.
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