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How the Flames get back on track in the Pacific Division race

Brian Elliott had a .930 save percentage with the Blues last season. This season? He's at .867. Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames entered this season with hopes of returning to the postseason and proving that 2015-16 was a blip on their rebuild radar. Outside of a solid shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night, the results have been much the same for the Flames thus far, as they've given up 29 goals in their first seven games -- the most in the NHL.

It may be extremely early in the season, but considering the disappointment of last season, it's worth asking: Are the Flames in for another round of poor goaltending and leaky defense, or can they become a legitimate contender in the Pacific Division?