Calgary Flames Hot Start to the Morning Vol 50


Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning Calgary Flames fans!

The polls are still open from yesterday morning’s “Hot Start Poll” article.  The poll question seems easy enough, “Which Calgary Flame prospect not named Sam Bennett makes the opening day (Oct 8) roster?”  Currently, 70% of the vote has Johnny Gaudreau as the prospect that earns the opening night honours.  Sven Baertschi, Michael Ferland, Markus Granlund and Max Reinhart have all also earned votes thus far.

Speaking of Max Reinhart! In last night’s Calgary Flames home game versus the Edmonton Oilers, Mr. Reinhart assisted on the lone goal of the game.  Calgary defeated Edmonton 1-0 but a win should have been expected because the provincial rivals playing simultaneous split squad games stacked their decks for their respective home crowds.

It was a great way to introduce Jonas Hiller to the Saddledome as the “man in red”  only faced 1 shot in the first period!  I don’t care how watered down a roster happens to be from the opponent, giving up only 1 shot in 20 minutes of hockey is still impressive.

The Calgary Flames lost the game in Edmonton 3-1 with the recap story being littered with Curtis Glencross‘ name.  Glencross would be the only Calgary Flame to score a goal.  The comment in the comment section of the Calgary Flames website article re-capping the game really sums up preseason in its truest form:

"“Ok what’s wrong with this picture? According to the stat sheet Sven(Baertschi) had zero shots and 3 hits. Grats(Brain McGrattan) had 3 shots and no hits. Am I missing something? lol”Trent Smith"

I found it interesting that earlier in the day, the Calgary Flames website released projected lines suggesting that David Wolf would be playing on a “WAC” line with Bill Arnold and Austin Carroll.  A line, which on the surface, seems to accentuate both the offensive and physical prowess’s of Mr. Wolf.  Wolf ended playing on a line with Brian McGrattan and Mathieu Tousignant.  With all due respect to “Big Ern” and Tousignant but for a longshot prospect, this lineup combination seems to pigeonhole Wolf as a 4th liner.  It will be interesting to see how Coach Bob Hartley uses David Wolf the next time he draws into the lineup.

That next time we can see the Calgary Flames, and possibly Mr. Wolf, is this Wednesday when the Calgary Flames “host” the Arizona Coyotes in Sylvan Lake.  A link to some of the back story to the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game being played in by our Flames this Wednesday can be found HERE.

Have a great day Calgary Flames!