Burnt Out: Calgary Flames Goal Scoring Woes Continue

Steve McSween@dansallowsSenior Analyst IJanuary 15, 2010

It is starting to become a common trend with the Calgary Flames: as hard working as they may be, they just can't score.

And while there is no reason to press the panic button just yet, being that they sit comfortably in 6th place in the Western Conference at 26-15-6, the longer this streak continues, the less likely this team will keep their lock on a playoff spot.

The Flames have scored more than 2 goals in only six of their last twenty-one games, and let's face it, you can't win with that type of offensive production unless you're the New Jersey Devils...which is why Calgary is 9-9-3 in that span.

The effort is there, as they have outshot their opponents by a wide margin in the last three games, but the results remain the same.

So how long do you let this go on before it gets outta' hand?

It is tough to fault GM Darryl Sutter, as he has tried numerous times over the past four seasons to rectify the Flames lack of firepower, but the majority of his moves have turned out to be busts (see Alex Tanguay, Tony Amonte, Todd Bertuzzi and Olli Jokinen), while Mike Cammalleri left for greener pastures in Montreal.

And while bona fide NHL scorers are about as rare as a Hollywood party without a drunken Lindsay Lohan, Darryl Sutter has his work cut out for him to try and acquire one before the trade deadline.

Otherwise, this is basically the same team that bowed out to the young upstart Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs last season, without Mike Cammalleri of course; and if the two games against the Hawks this season are any indication, Jay Bouwmeester isn't going to be the difference maker by himself.

Calgary is starting to look like the Toronto Maple Leafs of the late 1990s and early 2000s that was always good enough to make the dance but got kicked out before it was ove. We all know the recent turbulence that franchise has faced, and that might be a scary foreshadowing of the Flames future once Iginla is gone.

But wait! There could be a saviour in soon-to-be 26-year-old free agent Ilya Kovalchuk! However, chances are that big fish won't come to a small pond like Calgary.

Really, there is no quick fix for this problem aside from the miracle that Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen, Rene Bourque, Nigel Dawes and Daymond Langkow can all catch fire at the same time and players like David Moss, Curtis Glencross and Eric Nystrom can step up their games as well.

Which, if the first 47 games of the regular season is any indication, has about as much chance of happening as Chuck Norris winning an Oscar.

Heading into the game against the Nashville Predators, who currently sit 4th place in the West by a single point over the Flames, Calgary can do little but hope pucks start going in as they could find themselves out of a playoff spot come Monday.

Unless they can get sixty shots on net, a change in their system will be futile.

But who knows how this will all play out; it may just rectify itself, or Darryl Sutter may move one of his high profile defenseman and acquire a legitimate goal scorer.

Until then, however, Calgary will just have to hope they start getting some bounces as it doesn't appear there is going to be a long time fix of their goal scoring woes anytime soon.