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.
@EdmontonOilers Thanks— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 8, 2015
@NHLFlames You're welcome... I guess.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 8, 2015
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.
April 07 2015 12:00PM
So, the Calgary Hitmen beat the Kootenay Ice last night, completing their seven-game series with a rather one-sided 6-2 victory at the Saddledome.
Functionally-speaking, it was the competition of a de facto Best of Nine series, as the Hitmen and Ice played a home-and-home series to end the regular season as well.
One of the crucial aspects of the series? The matching by Calgary Hitmen coach Mark French of behemoth defenseman (and Calgary Flames prospect) Keegan Kanzig against 2014 second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart.
April 07 2015 10:00AM
The Western Conference playoff race is packed tighter than a clown car right now. It's extremely possible that Calgary could end up tied in points with the other teams in the race. That would push things to the NHL's standings tie-breakers.
Let's check out where the Flames sit in regards to those tiebreakers.
April 06 2015 03:00PM
The NHL season ends in five days. There are nine teams competing for eight spots. Four spots are entirely spoken for. Another two spots can be sewn up tonight.
Here's where things stand as the Flames sit idle tonight.