of the Blocks
The Calgary Flames finally got a season off on
the right foot in 2001-02. With the month of October coming to a close the
Flames can now officially put a highly successful month on the books, boating a
8-2-0-2 record, and a share of first place in the Western Conference.
A couple of weeks ago, with the Flames start
seemingly an aberration, Calgarypuck.com asked it's readers to define the start.
At the time the Flames were coming off a big win
in Detroit, a game which pushed their record to 3-0-0-1, despite losing number
one center Marc Savard to a knee injury.
Almost three weeks later the team is still
winning, going 5-2-0-1 in the eight games since, including equaling astounding
wins in Dallas and St. Louis.
Answers throughout the 18 day period varied, but
the majority of Flames fans appear to have a pretty level headed view of the
streak, with 56% of those polled feeling the start was a great sign, but that
work was still needed.
"It's definetly not luck, but we've
got some work to do, and if Savvy is injured bad, then even more work" -
"The Flames are playing better than I
thought they would and that HAS to be a good sign. You can't underestimate the
impact of this start!" - 10/11/01
Twenty one percent of those polled felt the start
was indicative of a true playoff team, signaling the end to futility in the
One pollster remarked early that things were
leaning in a negative way, though from the statistics in his comments, it
appears more fans became believers as the month rolled along.
"it's funny but four of the five
options are variations of we're not very good (and those options have 92%) of
the vote so far!" - 10/11/01
The remaining 22% polled felt the start was a
fluke, that it was early or that the Flames were catching teams off guard.
Look for our next poll in regards to Jarome
Iginla's torrid scoring pace.