We’re almost 10% through the season of 2013-14, and the Calgary Flames are right now sitting at a record of 3-2-2. The statistics don’t tell everything; I’m extremely happy with the start the Flames have had so far, even if it isn’t as great was what I was hoping for.
The Flames are clearly in a rebuilding mode right now; however, that’s making for some of the most entertaining hockey I’ve seen in a while from the team. It means that they’re playing a run-and-gun offensive game right now, and defense doesn’t get much priority. Although it isn’t ideal, it certainly is fun to watch. The offense has surprised many people, me included. The defense however, has been horrendous.
The Flames should be sitting at 5-2-0, if it weren’t for two big blown leads in a couple games. Even so, at least they got a point out of those games. The defense has been a problem. Even with some experienced defensemen, the team is just too young to expect anything otherwise. Miscommunications are frequent, and the number of bad turnovers is too damn high. The Flames are playing a sloppy game right now, but it’s fun nonetheless, because you can tell they’re putting forth their absolute best. That’s what’s surprised me the most: the attitude of the team. Even when they go down, they play hard, and never stop working; it’s a great thing to see. If this attitude stays, the team might end up doing a lot better than many expected this year; as of this point, however, my hopes are not high, due to the poor defense we have.
That being said, the offense is certainly making up for it. The line of Jiri Hudler, Sven Baertschi, and Sean Monahan has been one of the most dynamic lines in the league in terms of offensive capabilites. Hudler is showing great offensive consistency, as is expected from the experienced verteran. Baertschi is the future of the team, and he’s showing a lot of talent, even if his statistics show otherwise. As for Monahan, enough can’t be said for the rookie. He is simply incredible, playing with poise and talent way ahead of his age. I really hope the Flames keep him, because he’s been one of the best players the Flames have had so far in this young season; he’s even leading them in goals, and is second in points. He is just an excellent player, and I’m definitely hoping he turns into a superstar for the Flames one day.
The Calgary Flames might not do great this year, but that wouldn’t surprise anyone. However, the offense of the team has surprised a lot of people, and points to a bright future ahead. The best thing about the team right now is the sheer grit they bring to each game; they’re working extremely hard. The attitude has been great, and I hope it stays, no matter how the season goes. Dedicated fans can’t complain with the start the Flames have had; they’ve shown great capabilites, and the games they’ve lost have been much closer than the scoreboard would otherwise indicate. I’m hoping for the best this season, and only time will tell if the Flames can live up to their exciting beginning of the season.
As for the other team I’m supporting this season, the Boston Bruins, they’re playing great. No surprises here; the Bruins are yearly a top contender for the Stanley Cup. Iginla hasn’t scored yet for the Bruins, but has two points. However, he’s working well with his new linemates, and sooner or later, I’m sure the shots will start going in for him. I can’t say this enough, but I really hope the Bruins win the Cup this year for Iginla; no one deserves it more than him.
Finally, goaltender Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes scored a goal yesterday against the Detroit Red Wings. I don’t care much for the Coyotes, but this wasn’t a goal as in the goalie was the last player on the team to touch it before the opponent accidentally scored on themselves; this was one of the goals you’d see in the 80’s, when goaltenders would aim for the empty net and get lucky. It was a great play, and he scored with 0.1 seconds remaining. How often does this ever happen? Next to never, so I thought I might as well say…that play was amazing, you should definitely check it out.