The injury-riddled Calgary Flames, arguably the NHL's biggest surprise this season at 17-8-2, sit one point back of the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks for the lead in the Western Conference entering Friday's games.
"It's amazing being part of a rebuild and how much success we've been having," said Bennett, selected fourth overall by Calgary in this year's draft. "It's been awesome..."
- Flames Rookies Rubbing Off on the Club's Veterans - Josh Jooris and Johnny Gaudreau have been great. Their play has not only been a big part of the Flames success but also has veterans like Dennis Wideman and David Jones feeling invigorated.
- Eight From 80 Feet: The Latest Random Musings About the Calgary Flames - Comprised of a blend of anecdotes -- sometimes quirky, recaps, statistics, analysis and with some opinions or predictions sprinkled in as well, it's a round-up of random thoughts on the current goings-on with the Calgary Flames. In this edition, you'll learn at least two things you didn't know before.
- Two Ways To Look at "It's Not Sustainable" - The analytics experts are out in full force these days. In their cross-hairs is the explanation-defying Calgary Flames, the should-be Connor McDavid contenders, who instead are contending for first place in the Western Conference. I explain that Calgary can't keep up it's current pace, but nor does it need to.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks, Right Side of the Standings - If the 2014-15 NHL season was an 80s movie, the Flames with Byron, Bouma and Jooris would be cast as the poor kids, up against the rich kids in Eberle, Hall and Nugent-Hopkins. So far, the poor kids are dating the gorgeous cheerleader.
- Flames on a Roll: Buckle Up, Hang on Tight and Enjoy the Ride - Calgary is playing exciting, competitive and winning hockey. As a fan, isn't that what you signed up for? My examination of the Flames fast start includes reason for optimism, but mixed with realism.