Calgary. The other Alberta meat.
Once upon a time, this was a deadly double-stop. I actually kept track of stuff like this.
In the 1980s through ‘90, for a span of eight years, either Edmonton or Calgary was in the Stanley Cup final.
And back then, most seasons, every team played in every city twice. And also, pretty much every trip out West by every team from the East included the Alberta twinbill.
So that’s why it was so stunning that in the 1980s, only six teams—SIX! —went through Edmonton and Calgary, or Calgary and Edmonton, and swept both games. SIX!
In the 1990s, at least until the point at which I stopped counting, it happened 32 times. I have no idea how often it has happened in this decade, but teams don’t do the Alberta two-step as often as they used to do it. And it sure isn’t as daunting a task, even though both franchises have been to Cup finals in recent years.
Which reminds me, that MSG promo for tonight’s game is kind of disrespectful … the one that brags about the Rangers being an Original Six team and mocks the Flames’ logo because it has fire coming off it. Especially since both franchises have won the same number of Stanley Cups in the last 69 years (and counting).
And MSG doesn’t see it fit that this proud Original Six franchise go on its regular station tonight, but rather gets bumped to MSG+, and probably with backup play-by-play guys on TV and radio because it’s a football weekend.
I’m going to be working and away from the laptop pretty much all day and night. I will try to put up a pregame thread. Not sure if I will be able to do it.
Lundqvist, no doubt, will be back in goal. Not sure if Brashear will play. But you can certainly expect more resistance and belligerence from the Flames than you saw from the Oilers two nights ago.