Calgary Flames Season Preview


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The Calgary Flames are under new coaching staff this season, and head coach Logan Tessier is feeling confident. The Flames are boasting a strong offensive lineup this season, after picking up Swedish sensation Mats Sundin at center, with young up-and-coming star Joe Sakic and veteran Joe Mullen. On the defensive end, Ulf Samuelsson looks to bang some bodies around, while Dave Manson does his job protecting the net. Goalie Ron Hextall, despite having a meager 70% save percentage in the pre-season, has been showing some skill with some spectacular saves.

Forwards

Center Mats Sundin has been tearing it up in the pre-season, accumulating 39 goals and 10 assists to lead his team. Joe Sakic, despite having a slow start, came back with a flash and has 17 goals and 11 assists. Joe Mullen is just one point ahead of Sakic and has been setting Sundin up with 21 assists and 8 goals.

Defense

Ulf Samuelsson and Dave Manson have combined for 33 assists to help out the Flames offensively, and have been doing their job at their own end. Samuelsson also leads the team in penalty minutes, delivering crunching hits every game.

Goalies

Ron Hextall is struggling with only a 70% save percentage, but has also been coming up big at the end of games. He is expected to turn it up in the regular season to help the Flames rack up wins.

Backups

Alexander Semak has been showing he is capable of stepping in for Sundin and producing for the Flames. Semak has 3 goals, 2 of which occured back to back during a 5on3 shorthanded powerplay for the opposition. Semak is now the replacement for any forward who gets injured or penalized. Kelly Kisio has a goal and 3 assists, and has also been doing well when replacing an injured/penalized teammate. Defensemen Norm Maciver and Dave Poulin have been good backups for Samuelsson and Manson, doing their part on defense. Goalie Jeff Reese has only put been out once in the 3rd period, and has a 0% save percentage, and is not expected to see much, if any, ice time this season.

UPDATE: 5 games, 5 losses. Coach Tessier contemplates murdering Hextall.

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The toothless wonder that is Theoren Fleury can do no wrong in NHL94, just keep him away from the virtual bars and crack houses, ha ha. Anyways, I digress, substance abuse is really no joking matter- good luck, Logan! :)

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