It’s another off-day for the Calgary Flames, as they prepare for their final game of their five-game road trip tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
We’re in a weird spot here.
With 16 games completed this season, the Flames sit 9-5-2 and have 20 points.
To put that in context:
- In 2013-14, the Flames were 6-8-2 after 16 games.
- They won their 9th game in their 26th game (on November 30 in Los Angeles).
- They hit the 20-point mark in their 23rd game, which was oddly another close win against Florida.
Any way you cut it, the Flames are a good chunk ahead of last year’s points (and wins) pace. So far everything has been “coming up Milhouse” for the Flames – they’re getting out-played (but not quite out-worked), yet are relying on the bounces and hot goaltending to stay in games.
So far, it’s working.
The odds-makers pegged them at 75 points for the entire season (via their over/under). With 62 games left, they would need a record of 28-34-0 (or thereabouts) to hit that mark.
Can the Flames keep this run going? (Well, probably not, no.) But are the team’s big pieces (the top pairing and their goalies) good enough to keep the regression to the mean from being horribly awful down the stretch?