CALGARS – Only one team in Flames history has had a better start than the team this year has posted.
The year was 1989, and that team won only the Stanley Cup in Calgary.
Fairly good company.
There are plenty of promises as to how Bill Peters's team will continue his start at 25-12-4 given the solid foundation he was building.
On the shoulders of a top league that is among the best league, a Norris Trophy trophy and a target player who took the league through the storm, Calgary Flames hit halfway through the Western Conference season.
They are Winnipeg Jets this year – a team they beat twice.
Few teams can keep up with the flaming power that saw them jump from 26 to last year to third in the NHL.
Only a team (Tampa) has a better differential, which is amazing considering that Flames has changed his season (and may franchise) after a 9-1 loss to penguins.
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GOOD: WHAT DO NOT YOU KNOW?
David Rittich offered the World Class Goalkeeper team, and Johnny Gaudreau jumped to another level alongside Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm, who also have years of careers.
Mark Giordano helped resume TJ Brodie's game, and Flames, the conference leader, believes that no deficit is unthinkable.
Their power play is greatly improved, the penalty shootout unit leads the league with 13 goals, their depth is significant and from all the incredible steps made by different players, no skater has climbed more than Matthew Tkachuk, who ranks 17th in the standings NHL.
So many things go on Calgary's path these days.
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BAD: A UFRA UNDERPERFORMING and AGE GOAL
James Neal has four goals, four assists and a minus-minus team to show up for the five-year deal of $ 28.75 million he signed in the summer. He was a layout device at the second power unit and the third line, where he played with more combinations than a safety cock.
However, nothing seems to help the man who has a 4.5 blows and no impulse or bite to play.
Mike Smith has lost Rittich's job and is now trying to find a way to regain confidence and create a backup solution.
A recent 6-0 stretch has helped improve its statistics, but its rescue rate of 3.09 GAA and .886 demonstrates how bad its beginning was when compiling a record of 12-9-1.
The optimists still stick to Neal's history, which suggests that eventually it will turn things around. Smith's second half could play an important role in the way Flames is heading.
LOOKAHEAD COMMERCIAL TERM
After decades of hope simply challenging for a playground Flames are now certainly the Stanley Cup competitors. GM Brad Treliving will be a buyer on or before February 25, because he wants to add even more depth to a team with so many top talents and almost anything in the league.
Third Defense Pair: The uncertainty of the high ankle enthusiasm Juuso Valimaki is that many of them are on the market for a deep defensive, especially on the left. Think about renting.
Michael Frolik: The veteran's agent put him in a commercial conversation after a tweet suggesting that the coach is trying to lead the extreme Czech in the city.
That being said, its versatility and experience could be useful for a relatively inexperienced play-off group.
Considering the newborn depth that turned Frolik into a utility player of 11 minutes per night, the team would have deserved to get rid of the $ 4.3 million head hit last year's last year Frolik. He is planned to make the $ 3 million salary in the coming season.
THE MOST IMPORTANT STORYLINS OF THE SECOND HUMAN
Can these guys keep it? Flames had a solid first half last year but collapsed in the second half after Smith and a few others got down with injuries.
Is Rittich true? Can Gaudreau and his line continue to be among the strongest in the league?
Can the team that has a comeback in the top seven-thirds of the league continue to defy the chances of the late heroes?
Can one of the league's healthiest teams stay this way? And if so, can this team continue its success in the playoffs?
Sure, fans will watch the story in the arena closely as the city council and the club continue to work quietly behind the scenes in a building to replace the old Saddledome. But the focal point in a city like Calgary is now a group of local heroes that people pray to continue to give the city something to cheer up on.