We’re just over 10% of the 2013/14 season now, and the Flames are sitting at a record of 5-6-2. Although they haven’t played great in the last few games, they haven’t played terribly either, and the games are fairly close to each other. However, problems of the past are still affecting the Flames, and are making it difficult for them to succeed.
The biggest problem is the lack of an effective defence. Poor defensive plays have cost the Flames several goals. Furthermore, far too many careless errors are being made that lead directly to goals against them. When watching a couple games, it’s almost eerie how you can see a bad mistake, pray it doesn’t cost the team, and watch it do just that in literally 15 seconds. It’s tough to watch, and the Flames must fix this problem; the offense is coming in bursts, which means the defence must be better if the Flames are to succeed.
The other huge problem right now is goaltending. A lot of the goals going in are soft, and it’s definitely not helping the poor defence. Joey MacDonald has played poorly in his past few showings, and Karri Ramo hasn’t played a lot better. Reto Berra has just called been called up from the foster team, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets some time in goal to prove he’s better than what we have right now, which can’t be too difficult considering the horrendous goaltending we currently have. The goaltending really needs to improve if the Flames want to do well this year.
On a final note, the Boston Bruins are doing fairly well. This isn’t a big surprise, but it’s nice nonetheless to see them do well, as I’m hoping they win the Stanley Cup this year for Jarome Iginla. Speaking of Iggy, he’s starting to heat up after his slow start; he has great chemistry with his linemates, and the goals are now coming for him. I have no doubt that he’ll soon start finding the net a lot more often as a Bruin, and I’m eagerly looking forward to it.