CALGARY (660 NEWS) – More than halfway through the NHL season and the Calgary Flames are scorching hot. If you look at the standings the Flames are first in the Pacific Division, first in the Western Conference and second in the entire league.
This is coming after the Flames missed the playoffs entirely last season.
Going into the season, some people thought this team would be competing for a playoff spot.
Peter Klein with Sportsnet 960 The Fan said with the trade deadline coming up next month and a fairly weak Western Conference, the Flames could be looking for some help.
“The bar has been changed a little bit for where this team wants to be. Instead of just getting into the playoffs, now you’re going to potentially have home ice advantage in the playoff, let’s do something with that now.”
Now there are some areas of concern for this team, with the goaltending situation still in flux a bit, especially if David Rittich were to go down, and there is a heavy burden on this roster for just a few players to take the lion’s share of scoring.
That could be a bigger issue in the post-season when facing tough defensive teams like Nashville.
“When you are playing teams four to seven times in a row, they are going to figure out what you are doing with that top line. So you need those depth guys to come in. We’ve seen that a thousand times in the playoffs before. You are going to need more than one line in the post-season.”
Klein doesn’t expect a blockbuster move, but a backup goaltender, some secondary scoring and some depth on the blue line could all be on the Flames wish list.
He also noted there haven’t been many disappointments on this roster, with one exception, the play of free agent acquisition winger James Neal.
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