2. The Division Makes A Difference
The Flames might not play in the best division known to mankind. They are a part of the Pacific Division, the long laughed at division over the course of the past few seasons. While the Kings and Ducks are definitely looking improved, they still have a long way to go before becoming the next top thing in the conference. Even the top teams have looked flawed.
The Edmonton Oilers entered the year with a lot to prove, and after ten or so games they fell and haven’t hit the ground yet. The Oilers were once considered the front runners for the division this season, but even that looks questionable now. The only real threat this division has to offer is the Vegas Golden Knights, and while they are definitely a playoff threat, the Flames just need to guarantee they can avoid them for a round in the playoffs.
The Flames’ chances at a deep playoff run ultimately are going to go through a team like the Vegas Golden Knights, but it doesn’t have to be in the first round. Ideally, this team will match up against the Knights after an easier matchup in round one against a week Pacific Division opponent.
The playoffs all start from within the division. That is true for both the regular season and once the postseason begins. As of today, I think it is safe to say the Flames are one of the best team’s within the division. One of the reasons the Flames are a top team has to do with the third thing on this list.