Yes, Game 2 is officially the earliest Miikka Kiprusoff has been on the bench serving as backup since he became a Calgary Flame.

It's not the earliest by as big of a margin as you'd think.

Oh sure, the belief about Kiprusoff is he starts every game until we all begin to wear poppies in honour of lives lost in past wars, which has often been the case.

Back in 2007-08, the Flames netminder was an absolute workhorse with Mike Keenan at the helm, starting the first 23 games before Curtis McElhinney stepped into the breach.

But a couple of seasons ago, Kiprusoff took a breather after playing the first four games, and he played the first six games last season before Henrik Karlsson was given his chance.

Which is why the Flames organization is trying to say it's no big deal Karlsson was between the pipes for Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues. Especially since the push is to have Karlsson play around 20 games.