Recent Surge Has Flames Contending in Calgary

Chris GschwendtnerCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2008

About halfway through the 2007-2008 regular season, the Calgary Flames are in good shape for another Cup run.

After a slow start going 10-13-3 in the first two months of the season, who would have thought that the Flames would be one of the hottest team in the league in December - going 9-1-4.

Some key leaders upfront for the Flames have been Kristian Huselius and first-team All-Star Jarome Iginla.

Huselius is having a career year with 47 points in 44 games. He’s eclipsed the twenty goal plateau for the second straight season, and is on pace for a 40-goal campaign.

Iginla is having a Hart trophy type of season. He too is having a career year with 60 points in 44 games, is second in league scoring, and second in goals.

Huselius and Iginla have been arguably the hottest two forwards in the league for the last month.

Miikka Kiprusoff’s slow start has since rebounded quite nicely. Questions arose whether he is tiring after playing almost every single night. His save percentage was below .900 and a GAA near 3.00. That’s not the stats for a three-year $10 million dollar deal. But after being publicly called out for his average play, his stats improved and the he chalked up the W’s.

Above all else, is the skepticism of hiring of coach Mike Keenan this season.

Keenan is a long time coach who hasn’t had much success in recent years. His abrasive coaching style was questioned as rubbing the players the wrong way early in the season, but the teams struggles have since left them.

Will Keenan pull the trigger in landing a playmaker centre? Is Kiprusoff getting tired after playing all but a handful of games? Can Huselius and Iginla keep up their record scoring pace? Can coach Keenan win in the playoffs?

Stay tuned as the season continues...