Will Miikka Kiprusoff’s Olympic Dreams Hurt Calgary Flames’ Playoff Chances?

December 3rd, 2009 by Scott Fitzsimmons Leave a reply »
The Calgary Flames are flying high right now, riding the success of their big two, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff.

The team has been winning pretty much all season long, but the recent games have Iggy and Kipper playing as well as anyone in the game.

As we have seen in the past, where Kipper goes, the Flames go. With Kiprusoff on the top of his game, things are looking up...or are they?

There are a few trends I see that could have the Flames ending in the same situation as past years.

Back in 2006 during Kiprusoff's Vezina year, he decided to pass on the Olympics and focus on the Flames. It worked for him during the season, but the Flames didn't have much left in the playoffs as they lost in seven to the Ducks.

Kipper played 74 games that year, and it was the first thought from fans that maybe 74 games is too many for him to play and make a long run in the playoffs. Kiprusoff played 74, 76, and 76 games in the three years after that with the same outcome in the playoffs—a first round exit.

We heard from Brent Sutter that Kipper wasn't going to play as many games this year. The trend this year isn't lookin ...

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