The NHL regular season is barely underway and there’s already so much to conclude. For instance, the Flames have yet to show up to a game. They are physically there, but haven’t delivered a win, or even so much as a solid performance thus far.
Mike Keenan joined the coaching gang for Calgary this year, and the always-anticipated roster has done nothing to prove they are the strong club Flames fans cheered to the Stanley Cup final in 2003-04. WInning a not-so-impressive one game in the pre-season, the Flames have started a losing streak that has fans worried and frustrated; coming out the losers in the first three games of the regular season against Vancouver, Philadelphia and Detroit.
However, there are some positive aspects of the Flames’ play that deserve to be pointed out. Daymond Langkow has proven to be a crucial part to Calgary’s offensive game so far. The forward, who saw his first 30-point season last year, already boasts four goals, two of those scored in the Vancouver game on October 6th.
Another key player for Calgary is firecracker Eric Godard, who is emerging as a key catalyst for the team. The right winger plays an aggressive game, throwing hits left, right and center. His fore-checking and intense play style is exactly what the Flames need this season. Sure Godard has had his fair share of tilts on the ice, but he always comes out on top, and is sure to aid Calgary in moving to the top.
On the flip side, captain Jarome Iginla so far hasn’t stood out as a leader on the ice. Season after season the Calgary captain has made the ranks of one of the top scorers in the league, and his team needs him now more than ever. The Flames have a reputation for being terrible on the road, which isn’t good news for the club who started their first road trip on Wednesday. The Red Wings downed the Flames 4-2 in their first away game, doing nothing but weakening their rep. Calgary will also make stops in Dallas, Nashville and Colorado on the trip.
It should be noted that the Flames have a record for bad starts, but will this slump affect their long-term standings? If the squad performs the way fans know they are capable, we will see Calgary in the finals.