After losing the first two games of the NHL regular season of the 2021-22 season, the Calgary Flames have won four consecutive victories, including a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
Suddenly, Alberta in October feels like the spring of Vienna, because fans of the Fire are happy to see a ball that looks more offensive and defensive than Calgary, who missed the playoffs last season. team. But is their pace sustainable? As always, you can read tea in many ways; in this case, it is safe to say that they will not win four out of every five games. However, in the weaker Pacific Division, the Flames may be one of the teams to secure a spot in the playoffs. It’s just a matter of seeing them being eliminated from the playoffs.
Oiler? They are basically locked into the playoffs. Vegas? Well, they are physically injured now, but I think you would still say that they are one of the four teams from the Pacific that can play in the playoffs. after that? After that, the picture became more blurred.
If there are still two playoff spots to be contested, the Flames will be one of the four teams competing for them-the other teams are Los Angeles, Vancouver, and perhaps Seattle. This is where Calgary’s consistency will come into play. They need to get top-notch goalkeepers from the Jacob Markstrom/Dan Vladar combination; they need to continue to shoot online (their field goal percentage ranks third in the NHL with an average of 35.3 per game); they need to play from all parts of their lineup Offensive production.
If one of them is beneficial to Calgary’s opponents, the Flames may be in big trouble. If they cannot stay healthy, they are in trouble. If rookie winger Andrew Manjapane (who is tied for first place with first-line center Elias Lindholm, ranked first among Calgary’s scorers, and seven out of six games) finds their If production stabilizes, the pressure will increase excessively in Vladal and Markstrom. Similarly, if the Flames’ blue line fails, head coach Darryl Sutter will turn to his forward to provide more help in their own area. Sartre made a lot of demands on his players, but as long as the win-loss column is favorable for Calgary, they will not object.
The flame may be shaken, and Sartre’s job will be cut. If they do not continue this pace, Calgary will gradually fade out of the forefront of the team and find that it will compete more with Canucks, Kraken and Kings for one of the two seeded teams at the bottom of the playoffs. In any case, this is probably where most observers see the flame. Their depth in the long-term 82 games is still questionable. The effectiveness of their goalkeepers in and out of the game is still questionable. They face many potential pitfalls.
The good news is, of course, they have shown that in terms of accumulating goals, the Flames are more dynamic than last season. Once the team scouts them more, they will find that scoring is more difficult than it is now. But if unexpected contributors like Manjapane continue to thrive on ice hockey, Calgary does not need to rely so much on forwards Johnny Gaudlow, Lindholm and Matthew Tekachuk, the flames Team general manager Brad Trellivan can be a buyer for the team. The transaction deadline. (Calgary currently has approximately $1 million in salary cap space.)
But this is putting the cart before the horse. Let’s put this horse back in place and make it clear that the Flames’ horses will be challenged throughout the season. They don’t have enough depth or talents to slide through by skill alone. They need Sartre-style internal motivation to continue to provide motivation for their team.
Without it, Calgary could stay for a long year. But from what we have seen so far, Flames fans will be satisfied with their team’s current efforts. The threshold has been raised; now it is time to clear that bar every night.