Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

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Apr 19, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) tries to score as Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) defends during the first period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

1. When talking about the Flames this season, the conversation must start with the tremendous season defenseman Mark Giordano is having. He had a real under-the-radar campaign last season when he scored 14 goals and 47 points, yet he already has six goals and 21 points through 19 games. He’s an early favorite for the Norris Trophy, which is great for a player who has been perennially underrated by many across the league. What’s been the biggest difference in his play early this season, and what’s it like seeing him now get the recognition that he has honestly deserved for a while?

Len: The chemistry shown this season between the Flames captain Mark Giordano and his defensive partner T.J. Brodie (who has four goals and 15 points) has tapped into every area of potential for the Flames #5.  In numerous interviews, Giordano has mentioned that he always feels he knows where his defensive partner is going to be.  That faith in his partner has enabled Giordano to better believe in himself with where and what he does with the puck when he gets in the defensive zone, therefore creating more offensive opportunities.  As the years have gone by, Giordano has become increasingly more steady in his zone due to his hard work and the fact that he never gives up on a play.

Personally, I don’t like the national attention Giordano is getting.  I enjoy the “underdog/rebuilding” mantra that the Calgary Flames have been labeled with and am cognizant of the fact that seven of the 11 Flames wins have come against teams who currently sit at under a “true” .500 record.  I’m old school – an overtime loss is still a loss.  I’d rather hold off the national love affair with Giordano until after the Flames string together a few wins against Cup contenders, such as the Ducks.