Flames Clinch Playoff Spot

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 09:36PM

The dream 2014-15 season for the Calgary Flames will continue.

The Flames have clinched a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs by virtue of their 3-1 win earlier tonight over the Los Angeles Kings.

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Several Flames Have Experience In One-Game Playoffs

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 02:07PM

Tonight's game with the Los Angeles Kings is effectively the first of two potential one-game playoffs, with the winners likely advancing to the Stanley Cup playoffs. (Granted, the game against Winnipeg is moot if the Flames can win tonight.)

That led me to think about which Flames in tonight's line-up have experience in games that are one-and-done.

Here's what I found. This list excludes players who played in Game 7s in an effort to keep things simple.

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FGD #81: Beat The Champs (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 01:00PM

It all comes down to this.

80 games, 1521 blocked shots, 20+ dramatic comebacks, and several improbable and unlikely happenings for the Calgary Flames have put them in a rather enviable position heading into the 81st game of this campaign.

Win and they're in.

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A brief overview of the recent history between the Flames and Kings

arii
April 09 2015 11:00AM

So... the Flames play the Kings tonight, and it's kind of a big deal.

When Bob Hartley became the Flames' head coach, Darryl Sutter already had half a season of the Kings under his belt. The Flames' record against the Kings ever since the games became a Hartley vs. Sutter matchup is an even 6-6.

That first season was a floundering mess, though. Thanks to the lockout, Hartley didn't get to have a normal training camp with his new team. Then the team realized they were bad and traded away star players and everything was sad and miserable, right up until about the time Sean Monahan happened.

In the time since Hartley has become acquainted with the Flames, things against Los Angeles got really, really wacky.

The upcoming chapter is the most important one yet.

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Flames Swap Goalies: Ortio Up, Thiessen Down

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 10:34AM

The morning of a big Pacific Division collision, the Calgary Flames have made a roster move.

The club announced this morning that Joni Ortio has been recalled from the Adirondack Flames of the AHL, presumably on an emergency basis. Brad Thiessen has been returned to the Baby Flames.

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