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by Paul on 11/03/11 at 06:19 AM ET
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
The strange part of the Flames’ early season struggles isn’t so much the record.
It’s the performances through the first few weeks.
Not only have they failed to build any momentum — back-to-back wins should never create an outpouring of confidence, especially when it’s the longest spree of the year and happened just once — but they’ve been inconsistent within every game so far this season.
Sure, this team can’t be called a Stanley Cup contender, but the Flames were supposed to be a veteran-laden squad — they have the second oldest roster in the whole NHL — with all kinds of players who knew how to perform night-in and night-out.
To top it off, this is a crew which came into the season self-assured it not only had an iron-fisted grasp on the system implemented by head coach Brent Sutter, but believed in it because of the second-half success in 2010-11.
To top it off, they had a burning desire to prove they were as good as that 27-11-9 record last year indicated and were fuelled to be a playoff team again.
None of those things have happened.
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