The Playoff Chase - April 8 2015

Ryan Pike
April 08 2015 12:10PM

Every Western Conference team has two games left. Calgary can clinch a playoff spot as early as tomorrow. Here's a quick and dirty glance at the race as it stands this afternoon.

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That time we all sincerely cheered for the Edmonton Oilers (Or: playoff pushes are really weird)

April 08 2015 10:00AM

I went to the game last night.

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April 08 2015 07:00AM

Evgeny Svechnikov is a big, strong and skilled forward eligible for the 2015 draft. He is ranked No. 15 on the latest Craig Button list and he's rising in many quarters. The young Russian is absolutely a quality prospect.

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Post-Game: The Good News

Ryan Pike
April 07 2015 10:46PM

After an eventful Tuesday in the National Hockey League, the Calgary Flames are on the brink of returning to the post-season for the first time since 2009 (and for the first time in a full season since FlamesNation was launched).

Calgary entered tonight with a magic number of 3.5 on both Los Angeles and the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg beat St. Louis. But the Flames took care of their own business with a 3-2 win over Arizona, in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score indicates. Oh, and then the Edmonton Oilers beat Los Angeles to help the Flames out in many, many ways.

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FGD #80: Two Outta Three Will Work

Ryan Pike
April 07 2015 02:00PM

If the Calgary Flames win two more games, they make the playoffs.

If you had told me that 45 wins would get Calgary into the playoffs, I probably would've laughed at you, mostly because I definitely didn't think that they would win 45 games. But here we are. The next two games are the simplest road to the post-season: beating Arizona drops Calgary's magic number on both Los Angeles and Winnipeg to 2.5, and then the name of the game is "the path of least resistance," and Calgary would have two roads to the post-season - via the Kings or Jets being eliminated.

So...yeah. Just win tonight and once more, and things are dandy in FlamesNation.

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

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