At certain points in a team’s evolution a bubble position just sucks.
When Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff were winding down their tenures in Flame’s silks they often would finish 9th or 10th in the conference, a result that really hurt for the fan base. They didn’t make the playoffs, and they didn’t get the high draft pick, essentially the worst form of failure for a season’s group.
My expectations going into this season was exactly that, a bubble season, however in this case that reads success as the team is young, learning, and in or out the process is a gain in itself, regardless of the outcome.
With that said, this road trip was clearly large. The Kings were set to get Johnathan Quick back and put in a fierce push, leaving the Flames either in or out of the playoffs by a narrow margin. With four games left against each other, this road trip could have been the deciding factor between success and failure as the season moves into the stretch drive. The club needed 5 points at a minimum, but 6 or 7 would go along way in putting the Flames in a position of success heading home.
So clearly today’s win, a 3-1 victory in Carolina, was huge, as it gave the Flames 9 of a possible 10 points on the trip, sending them home to play 12 of their final 19. Now if they can bottle this game up in white and move it to the game they play in red.
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