Who Has Playoff Experience On The Flames Roster?

Ryan Pike
March 18 2015 11:00AM

We're coming up on the end of the regular season, and the possibility of a Calgary Flames playoff appearance has generated some questions about how much post-season NHL experience is on the roster.

So let's take a look. You can split the group into three categories - a bunch, some, and none.

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Post-Game: Flames Lose To Better Team

Ryan Pike
March 17 2015 11:58PM

Tonight's game was the latest installment of the Calgary Flames playing against a much better team. I don't think it's mean or unfair to describe the St. Louis Blues as a superior hockey club.

The Blues slightly out-played the Flames through two periods tonight, then really out-played them in the third period. The Flames lost 4-0.

There are 12 games remaining this season.

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FGD #70: Fighting The Blues (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 17 2015 02:30PM

We're now into the very last section of the schedule, as tonight is the 70th game of the 2014-15 Calgary Flames season.

And improbably, and impressively, the Calgary Flames are within spitting distance of not only being in a playoff spot, but clinching one. Per Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Calgary's magic number (on the Winnipeg Jets) to clinch a spot is 13 (Flames wins or Jets losses needed to clinch). With 13 games remaining on the docket, they make their own destiny. Seven wins is probably enough to get in.

Tonight's opponent is the powerhouse St. Louis Blues, a complete team that rolls lines and is generally quite good. They fancy themselves Stanley Cup contenders, but you've gotta wonder how big their window will be. Calgary? Well, they hope a window for contention is still ahead of them, and they'd be content if you told them they're merely going to make the playoffs this season.

Puck drop is at 7pm MT and the game is on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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A Look At Jon Gillies' Options

Ryan Pike
March 17 2015 11:08AM

The Providence College Friars lost to New Hampshire on Sunday, which ended their quest for a Hockey East conference championship. For now, their status for the NCAA's annual national championship tournament is up in the air, as they're one of several contenders for "at-large" bids, and their chances are contingent on which teams win which conferences.

Which brings us to Calgary Flames 2012 third round draft pick Jon Gillies.

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The Playoff Chase - March 16 2015

Ryan Pike
March 16 2015 01:00PM

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We're getting into the dwindling days of the 2014-15 season, as most teams still involved in the Western Conference playoff bubble have between 11 and 13 games remaining on the docket.

Considering magic numbers are around that level, as well, we're hitting the nitty gritty here.

Here's a quick glance at where we sit to start this week.

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