Looking Back

An intense, bordering on insane, game against the Dallas Stars ended 5-4 in the anti-climatic shootout. We trailed by two goals twice but came back to take a 4-3 lead in the third period, only to surrender it on a fluke goal that ended our perfect penalty kill streak.

Remember when we were unbeatable in the shootouts? This season, we suck ass. Jarret Stoll is hit and miss and All-Star goalie, Jonathan Quick looks mortal.

Still, one point is better than none, although such conciliation has done nothing to brighten my mood.

We are told Anze Kopitar is fine. Given the investment made in Kopi, I hope the L.A. Kings aren’t playing him if he is not ready, regardless of the fact he allegedly does not have a concussion.

Tonight’s Game

Enter Alberta, home of the Calgary Stampede, which I still have not attended to my disappointment (to Surly’s horror, I enjoy country music and know my way around horses and bulls). The great province of Alberta also hosts homesick, slow but still productive left wingers who need time away from Los Angeles to avoid…er…distractions. That is down the road from where we play tonight.

Jarome Iginla recently celebrated his monumental 500th goal. Calgary landed our old friend (and theirs), Michael Cammalleri, in exchange for Rene Bourque (I have the hardest time with Canadian names due to their excessive o’s and u’s) and some odds and ends. Cammy will likely be motivated to show those losers in Montreal that they blew it in a big way. Offensively gifted with plenty of snipe, I can’t help but think how much I would prefer to have Cammy at his $5 million + than Pancakes or even Jarret Stoll. Although the one player on Calgary I would give Penner’s left nut to get is Curtis Glencross. A dreamy left wing that does it all and comes with a mean streak made for L.A. A boy can dream.

Calgary is 13-5-2 at home but only 21-19-5 overall, good for 11th in the West with 47 points. The type of sustained offensive attack we have seen from the L.A. Kings is mandatory tonight. To say we haven’t had success in the Saddledome is akin to declaring Surly’s lack of success at bedding Megan Fox, although the Kings did nail them last game, while Jacob continues to hold out hope. Speaking of hugging and general affection, the hands on Darryl Sutter will coach against his brother, Brent.

Games To Watch Around The NHL

Colorado takes on Dallas, San Jose is at Columbus (puke), the free-falling Minnesota Wild are at St. Louis and go Flyers against the Predators.

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