Alliteration is the key to any good blog title and I hope it caught your eye.
I often wonder what it would be like to be a Detroit Red Wing fan. They coast along in the regular season, amassing winning streaks and distancing themselves from the rest of the conference. Really, a Red Wings fan never has to worry. Those of them that show up to the games are really going to see how big of a beat down they might possibly see. Will Zetterberg pull off a sick move tonight? Will Dom somehow pull his arm out of socket and back in just to make that crazy save? Where's the fun in that?
Now being a Flames fan, you never know what type of game you are going to see...for instance if the Kings are on the sched for the next night, you might think "Hmm, this could be a good game to see our offense click a little against the struggling, young Kings D". Afterthoughts would be "Wow, are defense got out-hustled, out-skated and out-talented by a fast and energetic Kings team".
At this point (and every point) in the season you never really know if the Flames will secure a playoff spot. After some games you say yes. Heck, we can beat the Wild easily, we should be a shoe in. Wait, what do you mean we lost to a lower standings team? Shoot, maybe we wont' make it.
Things were starting to look good, heading into a 4-game road trip, we looked comfortable, the road-trip looked like a good chance to at least pick up 6 points (and I know we still can).
But we can't afford bad games now. It's frustrating to see bad penalties taken, it's fearsome to see us lose at least 1-point with just minutes remaining but you can't help but still be a fanatic.