With the struggles of the Calgary Flames during their first three preseason games, I wondered if this was a sign of things to come as opponents would say, or simply false results caused by a lack of a full veteran roster, as many Flames fans would like to believe.
Do preseason results translate to regular season success? In th 2006-'07 season, the Eastern Conference preseason leaders were (based on winning pct), with their regular season finish in brackets:
NY Rangers (6)
NY Islanders (8)
Tampa Bay (7)
New Jersey (2)
San Jose (5)
Los Angeles (14)
St. Louis (10)
Clearly, there were teams that came out of the gate slowly, i.e. Vancouver, and teams that exceeded expectations in last year's preseason, who played a different tune during the season. Obviously these aren't strong enough to hold up any predictions for this upcoming season, and realistically, you can't really draw even the most basic of conclusions. But by doing this I can turn a blind eye a little longer and continue to re-assure myself that this is only preseason. It's okay. It'll get better.
But who thought at the beginning of the season that Philadelphia would perform as badly as they did? What Flyers fan said that it was just pre-season and things would turn around come the drop of the puck for the real season? And in the back of my mind, I wonder if the Flames are still missing something.