Monday, October 10, 2005

Win something for the Kipper

I know it's early, but looking at the Colorado-Calgary game, I have to ask: What on earth is going on with Miikka Kiprusoff?

He has allowed six goals through two periods tonight and was yanked last night against Detroit. His goals against average will be over 5.00 after today's game — far removed from the NHL record 1.71 he posted in 2003-04.

Granted, the Flames are on a tough four-game road trip to open the season, but they really haven't been one of the over-penalized teams so far this year. Their penalty killing percentage, on the other hand, was an unbelievably poor 53.9 per cent heading into tonight.

Darren McCarty just took a five minute major to end the second period, so Kiprusoff's night may get even longer. That is, if he hasn't been pulled by then.

(Speaking of which, going with the unproven Phillipe Sauve as their backup may backfire on Calgary if Kiprusoff does falter.)

UPDATE Well, Marek Svatos's hat trick goal (!) makes seven that have gone past Kiprusoff tonight. Svatos and Wolski have both played well tonight, making me wonder why I have the still-pointless Andrew Brunette in my hockey pools instead of these two youngsters.


At 10:29 p.m., October 13, 2005, Blogger aquietgirl said...

I get a morbid sense of satisfaction from seeing Calgary fail. It's mostly because they were supposed to have the two components that the Sens lacked last year in the playoffs: goaltending and heart.

I don't think Calgary really stood a chance, to be honest. They were media darlings for much of the lock-out and most of the press was congratulatory than wary of the Cup Finalist Syndrome.


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