As a commodity trader you see thresholds that act as a ceiling or a floor, limiting to some degree, how far the market can go in a certain direction. A crude price of $50 dollars, gold at $1500, or Natural Gas at $4.00. Get to that point, but you just can’t get through it either up or two.
For hockey teams that have missed the playoffs in recent seasons that threshold or line can often be seen at the .500 point. Sure with overtime and shoot out losses the .500 line doesn’t mean what it used to be, but it does provide an emotional line between struggling teams and teams with a chance.
As for the Calgary Flames, on Sunday night they reached that point with a surprising 8-3 win over the Ducks, but tonight they faced that battle to push through that limit and be an over .500 hockey club. Tonight they faced that big barrier and pushed right through it with a clutch 2-1 win over the Stars giving the club a 9-3-1 record in their last 13 games, essentially re-writing the script in a season that looked lost.