FN mailbag - March 26, 2015

Kent Wilson
March 27 2015 09:00AM

Mailbag

As they charge towards their Cinderella play-off berth, the Flames can see the imposing figure of the Los Angeles Kings looming ever closer in the rearview mirror. It's a bit like Ichabod Crane trying desperately to stay beyond the reach of the Headless Horseman. We'll see if the Flames can reach the bridge in time or not. 

With this in mind, we discuss Joe Colborne, Deryk Engelland and what the Flames ideal line-up might look like in this week's mailbag. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
March 27 2015 06:30AM

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Playoff races down to the wire, Vancouver locks up blue line stud, Leafs joining McDavid watch, Steven Stamkos fights, Nikita Nikitin is not a good hockey player, who should play goal for the Flames and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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This Is Going Down To The Wire

Ryan Pike
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.

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Flames Sign Austin Carroll to ELC

Ryan Pike
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.)

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5 things: Getting tighter

Ryan Lambert
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.

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