Next up: Calgary Flames. For the first real time in look at these previews around the league, the hosted blog post isn’t quite as optimistic as some might seem. With a fairly realistic take on the Flames chances, over at Flame for Thought they point out that:
Based off what we saw at the end of last season, Calgary certainly has the potential to work their way into a playoff spot, maybe 7th or 8th. That will largely depend on the team’s ability to stay healthy. A lot of the guys they’re heavily depending one are not getting any younger; guys like Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Olli Jokinen and Miikka Kiprusoff, who are all over 30. There’s not a lot of depth in the farm-system should the Flames get bit by the injury bug.
What do we think over here? We’re not quite as willing to believe that the Flames can even make it that far:
January 14th – @ Calgary
January 19th – vs. Calgary
February 18th – vs. Calgary
March 28th – @ Calgary
We won’t get to see the Flames in person until the calender flips to 2012, but the Kings will have plenty of chances to size themselves up and get (hopefully) on track by that point. It’s worth mentioning that by this point most people will have a pretty good idea on the book for the Flames. If they’re as bad as they could be, we’ll know by then. If they’re surprising, that will also likely be revealed already.
I suppose despite my earlier argument, they are still pretty optimistic over at Flame for Thought. Since I personally rate the Flames chances of playoffs at somewhere between slim and none. I wouldn’t say they’re completely out of it, especially since anything could happen, but the chances of them making the playoffs in the uber-tight Western Conference are not high. They’re definitely correct that it’s going to take strong performances from all of the veterans, and stepping up from the youngsters if the Flames are going to want to even squeak into the playoffs, and frankly I don’t see it happening.
How about you? Think Iginla can carry this team all the way on his back?