- They're sitting one point behind the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks.
- At 16-8-2 for 34 points, they're off to the second-fastest start since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989 (were 17-6-3 for 37 points in 2009-10).
- They've won seven of their last nine games with the only blemishes being one-goal setbacks to Anaheim and Chicago.
- They've only had one losing 'streak' all year and that was a mere two games in length -- and one of the losses was in a shootout so they still earned a point.
Rookies Johnny Gaudreau, Josh Jooris and Markus Granlund have not only made the club better through their significant contributions individually, they're also making everybody else on the club better through their infectious and youthful exuberance. New to riding on charters and five star hotels, visiting NHL cities and arenas for the first time, there's an energy that naturally flows with kids in their first year in the NHL and the whole team has come to embody that.
Two Forgotten Players a Year Ago
"This year has been exciting for all of us. Young guys are coming in, obviously they're excited because it's their first year. For us, it's a fun team to play on," said Wideman, with a smile. "We're having a lot of fun, we're playing the right way and we're playing hard and for the older guys, it makes it exciting to come to the rink."
"We're getting real good efforts from the young guys," said Wideman. "They've stepped in and they're playing great. They definitely don't seem like they're rookies, that's for sure."
Developing a Bit of a Swagger
Impact Has Been Palpable
“It comes by waves. Your penalty killing's going to get on a good wave, your power play's going to get on a good wave or a bad wave. You're going to get scored on first for a while. The most important thing we're focusing on now is to win some hockey games," said Hartley. "Whether we come back from two goals behind or we're entering the third period with a one-goal lead, our approach is slightly different, but the guys are so focused on their job."
Calgary will try to keep this improbable run going on Thursday night when former Flames Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay come calling to the Saddledome.
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