Calgary Flames: Five New Years resolutions for 2019

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 29: Fans cheer during an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks on December 29, 2018 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 29: Fans cheer during an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks on December 29, 2018 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CALGARY, AB – DECEMBER 6: Elias Lindholm #28 (D) of the Calgary Flames celebrates with his teammates after scoring against the Minnesota Wild during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 6, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB – DECEMBER 6: Elias Lindholm #28 (D) of the Calgary Flames celebrates with his teammates after scoring against the Minnesota Wild during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 6, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) /

1. Make the season worthwhile

Like I mentioned earlier, it seems likely that the Calgary Flames will make the playoffs. But that shouldn’t be their only goal this year. While making the playoffs is fun, it shouldn’t stop there, seeing how their season is going.

They’ve been leading the division for over a month now and have had their best start to the year since 1988-89, basically. Remember what happened in 1989?

If the Flames make the playoffs, they have the ability to go all the way. They’ve competed hard against some of the best teams in the league and have won some of those games, or at least put up a great fight. Not only do they have the ability to make the playoffs, they truly have the ability to go far. However, it’s not just about going far. In 2014-15, the Flames made it just to the second round and lost in five games, but that was an incredible run for the team and it was a lot of fun. It didn’t seem like any fans were disappointed when they lost in game five.

Ideally, I’d love for the Flames to go to at least the Western Conference finals, which they’re completely able to do, but the playoffs are always different than the regular season. And while that would be great, as long as they play hard-fought games and make this a memorable playoff, as they did in 2015, that’s all I think fans could really ask for.

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What would you like to see the Calgary Flames accomplish in 2019?