Wait a minute, aren’t the Calgary Flames supposed to lose every single game they play this season? So far, not happening. They are off to a pleasantly suprising start in 2013-14, recording a 2-0-2 record in their first four games. May as well say it before it’s too late – the Flames are hot right now.
Hockey’s tough to call. We like to look at names in lineups and make firm judgements. You know, like last year when everyone predicted the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, and New York Islanders would miss the playoffs. It doesn’t work like that in a league where one season a player is great, and the next, he’s labeled overpaid and overrated.
The Flames probably won’t continue winning at the pace they’ve set early. If for no other reason, they’re too inexperienced, which always spells disaster beyond January when the good teams stop losing.
Flames head coach Bob Hartley deserves some credit for the hot start by his no name club. He’s a proven winner behind the bench. He’s doing something well at the moment, and his players are responding with solid effort and competitive spirit. That’s good coaching, although maybe not sustainable under the current situation.
Monahan has scored 3 goals and 2 assists in his first four NHL games, making twenty-nine other NHL teams jealous that the Calgary Flames possess an 18 year old potential top line two-way centre who is quickly grasping offence in the big league. Not bad, considering the season began under the pre-tense that we’d pity the Flames, not envy them.
A realist should believe that the Flames won’t keep winning. They simply don’t have the personnel. They roster many of the same vets who couldn’t get it done in previous seasons, and their impressive youth are likely to stumble through growing pains at some point throughout the 2013-14 campaign. The Flames will inevitably sink to the bottom of the standings, right?