March 23 2015 09:00AM
We're into the meat of the playoff chase now, gang.
Most teams only have ten games remaining. The races are heating up. Here's where things stand heading into this exciting week.
In terms of magic number calculation and up-to-date numbers, check out Pat Steinberg's page over at the Sportsnet site. He's been on this from day-one, and he usually keeps that page quite current. Long story short, the magic number is the combined number of Flames wins and opponent losses required to eliminate that team from catching Calgary in the final standings (Flames OT/shootout losses are half-wins, and opponent OT/shootout losses are half-losses).
If four of the teams below get their magic number down to zero, Calgary goes to the playoffs.
March 22 2015 01:00PM
We're nearing the end of the major-junior and college hockey seasons. The majority of the Calgary Flames' prospects are about to begin their playoffs.
So who's playing where?
March 21 2015 05:03PM
The Calgary Flames had a home game against a non-playoff, non-conference opponent this afternoon.
They entered the third period with a one-goal lead. However, they only got a point, as they lost to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime by a 3-2 score.
Their loss moves them a point closer to the vaunted 95-point mark and a potential playoff spot, but it makes life a bit more difficult for them the rest of the way.
March 21 2015 09:00AM
And for some wacky reason, instead of the Calgary Flames playing a game at 8pm MT on Hockey Night in Canada, we get a 2pm MT game on Sportsnet West against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Whatever the reason, games are games and points are points, and the Flames have a scant 11 games remaining on their regular season schedule and an opportunity to move themselves closer to a playoff spot this afternoon against the Blue Jackets.
The Jackets are firmly in spoiler mode, having played a strong game on Thursday evening against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames will need to play a strong 60 minutes to get two points and inch closer to the post-season.
The puck drops at 2pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
March 20 2015 02:33PM
The Calgary Flames have reportedly made a minor roster move today, returning winger Emile Poirier to the AHL's Adirondack Flames.
The move is presently being listed by the American Hockey League's transactions page.