Calgary has wrapped up 1st place in the West. The team has also earned the right to host the Western Final. Now what?
Calgary plays SSK, Winnipeg and the Lions to close out the season. SSK may still be vying for 2nd spot and home field advantage. Winnipeg's players will be playing to keep their jobs. The Lions may still be playing for a cross over position depending on how the Eastern teams do.
It will be interesting to see what Calgary's coaching staff does during the next 3 games. Will the coaches rest their starters as much as possible to avoid injury? Will the team be told to play conservatively? How do you keep your starters focussed and tuned-up without playing them? How do you tell your players to ease up on the pedal until post-season? How do you make sure the fans get their money's worth.
As a team you don't want to ease up too much because you could end up losing 3 games in a row. You certainly don't want to end the season on a losing note. Follow that up with a bye in post-season and the team might end up doubting itself.
Wrapping up top spot in the west has its rewards but doing it a month before the season is over has its challenges as well. Like I say, it's going to be interesting to see how Calgary's coaching staff approach this interesting situation.