Vancouver Canucks v Calgary Flames

The only way in which the Calgary Flames aren’t entering full rebuild mode is verbally, but whatever spin they want to put on it, they done blowed up the building, and have heavy machinery standing by to clear it out before starting over. They traded (insert recognizable NHL names) for (the opposite), and set their sites on a high draft pick this year. Only…

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…that. Players who normally wouldn’t get a ton of minutes are getting them, and like a team with many injuries (think Ottawa Senators), the fill-ins are playing as hard as they possibly can and succeeding through sheer will and determination, trying to prove that they deserve the time they’re getting now, as opposed to the time they were getting before.

But there’s a reason they were getting those minutes before: that’s usually what they deserve.

Unfortunately for the Flames who would’ve loved to play terribly down the stretch and draft Nathan MacKinnon or Seth Jones (not impossible given the lottery system, but the lower you finish the better), the season isn’t long enough for them to get to the part where reality rears its ugly head and they start losing. They’ve gained 8 points of the 10 available since I tweeted what you see above (and won the game prior, which inspired that), and have climbed to 12th, one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers (!).

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Welp, they’ve had enough. It’s time to hide behind guise – actually, let me stop myself here – it’s time to do the right thing, and “give the young kids a chance to play” (which they absolutely should) and rest their veterans (because they’re more likely to make your team win).

How badly does this make you want them to win tonight? I bet they roll Nashville, the perfect victim for a team of hungry young guys to shred like carnivores at a carcass who’ll be playing each shift with total focus. And I’m sure the Preds are fine with this. I hope they don’t start Rinne, in fact.

In summary, Go Feaster Go Feaster Go!