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01-22-2013, 12:19 PM
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There's no reason to be surprised by a slow start from Kipper, nor is it wholly indicative of anything certifiable going forward. And there are a number of reasons why.

1) A lot of veterans are still looking to find their groove. No preseason games, short training camp, plus extended break mean it'll take a few games. If people hadn't noticed, Kipper's not the only struggling right now - Giordano, Cammalleri, Iginla, and Bouwmeester have yet to really show that there timings back.

2) Like Iginla, Kipper was also known for his slow starts. And while he made change to his off season training program to address that, the lockout could have set him back.

3) This should be pretty obvious but nevertheless, goalies tend to look very good in defensive systems and tend to be exposed in run and gun offensive systems. The Flames attention of the defensive aspects of the game on Sunday and Monday were awful. Beyond awful really. So compound that with the other reasons above, and well, you get a shaky performance.

Give it time. The Flames as a whole, will need some time to adjust to Hartley's system. It's way too soon to suggest Kipper's performance in the first two games of a lockout shortened season is worrying.

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