Remember when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers were on a winless streak that was within hollering distance of 10 games? Slowly, with a sprinkling of every kind of loss (regulation, OT, shootout), they've turned that around to go 7-1-2 (or 7-1-1-1 if you're not into the whole brevity thing) in their last 10.
It's been that kind of year. Or rather, 2012 was.
We'll see what 2013 brings beginning tonight, when they start a back-to-back on the road with a visit to the Springfield Falcons. Saturday night they're in Portland. Both opponents are current division leaders, though the "fourth" seeded Binghamton Senators, currently second to Syracuse in the East Division, have a better record than both Springfield and Portland.
Like the Sound Tigers, the Falcons are trying not to think about the players they'll lose to the NHL if the NHL decides to be a hockey league again.
They'll be back some day. Or to steal an obscure line from Fat Sam in "Fletch" that for some reason sticks in my head to this day: "When it comes, it comes."