So what has changed? How have the Flames turned it around? Have they improved that much? What is the main reason? Since the Coach's display and the throwing of the stick, the Flames have won four in a row.
I will take it a step further. Since Ferly has developed into the forward he can be, the Flames have been on a roll. Ferland is learning where he is supposed to be. The first line is playing like a first line.
Another key ingredient in the Flames is the emerging number 6
Brett Kulak is slowly growing into an NHL quality defencemen; Stone has found his partner. Brett is good, competent dman who knows his abilities and plays within his zone. I like Brett because he knows his role and does not try to do too much. He contributes where he can. He is only going to get better.
Another cog in the success of the Flames is that they have found a backup goalie. David Rittich has come out of nowhere and has been a feel-good story. David has given the Flames every chance to win especially with the last 40-plus save performance against the Panthers. Dave has not lost a game in regulation this season. Each game better than the last. He is a steady goalie who plays the angles and gives the Flames chances to win each game.
I have been told the Flames are expected to be a big fish come deadline. No names have been named. I am guessing the Flames will call on Hoffman from the Sens, unfortunately, Kane from the Sabres and a long shot Pacioretty from the Habs. All three names are out there. It will be interesting to see what the Flames will do, if anything.