March 26 2015 01:00PM
Last night, the Calgary Flames crept a bit closer to a playoff berth via a shootout loss to the Dallas Stars. Loss or not, they got a point, and points are what matter right now.
And make no mistake about it, we're headed into a final 17 days of the 2014-15 season that are all about numbers. The most important numbers are this: there are five teams fighting for four spots. Somebody is going home unhappy on April 11.
I personally think nothing will be settled until that final weekend. Here's why.
March 26 2015 11:08AM
If I had told you that the second person signed from the 2014 NHL Draft class by the Calgary Flames would be the last guy chosen, you probably wouldn't have believed me.
But it's happened.
The Flames announced today the signing of 2014 seventh round pick Austin Carroll to an entry-level contract, presumably for three years. The deal begins next season. (The first player signed was Sam Bennett, by the way.)
March 26 2015 09:49AM
1. The race
So that concern the Flames should have had about the Kings having a game in hand proved legitimate. Tuesday night Los Angeles made up that game and reveled in disemboweling a very strong Rangers team on the road. That brought the Kings into a nominal tie with Calgary for eighth in the West (the Flames hold the ROW tiebreaker, and likely will through the end of the season regardless of any reasonable combination of future results).
Obviously last night's game brought the Flames back to one extra game played and they needed two Deryk Engelland goals to even lose in a shootout; Los Angeles can make up the ground and then some tonight with a win. But the problem with relying upon the Kings to not-win remaining games is that they sure don't seem likely to make your wishes come true.
March 25 2015 11:32PM
Well, I bet you didn't expect that did ya?
The Flames lost in a shootout tonight and Deryk Engelland scored a goal. Then another. I am not kidding. Beloved Flames Nation, I would kiss your loved ones and make peace with your God because I can pretty much guarantee that the end is nigh.
It is hard to be too upset about this loss, even though losing the point is certainly tough, especially in conjunction with the overtime loss to Columbus on this same home-stand. The Flames fought back and earned a point and I suppose that is still a positive, though it seems as though no one in the west will ever lose again. Did I mention that Deryk Engelland scored?!
Come read all about it after the jump!
March 25 2015 05:00PM
As the Calgary Flames prepare for tonight's big game with the Dallas Stars, a bit of information by way of Chris Nichols, who regularly tweets out quotes and tidbits from various NHL personalities on radio programs (and is a sports media personality in his own right):
Dreger: "Calgary considered to be a front-runner" for Kyle Baun. Decision expected today or tomorrow. #Flames (1050)— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) March 25, 2015