Post-Game: White-Knuckling It

Ryan Pike
March 23 2015 10:10PM

The Calgary Flames received zero help on the out-of-town scoreboard this evening. However, much as Pedro Cerrano (of Major League) proclaimed, they did it themselves.

The Flames weathered the storm against a very talented Colorado Avalanche team, scored early and help on for a 3-2 victory at home. The victory moves their record to 40-27-6 through 73 games and moves their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to 9.5 (versus the Los Angeles Kings, who won tonight).

Here's how it happened at the 'Dome tonight.

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Ramo or Hiller? Who Should Be Starting?

Ryan Pike
March 23 2015 02:30PM

We're into the final few games and the margin for making the playoffs or not is razor-thin. So because of that, decisions regarding the starting netminder for the remaining games will be scrutinized.

So let's talk about Calgary's two goaltenders and who should be starting.

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FGD #73: Ten Games Left

Ryan Pike
March 23 2015 12:30PM

It's Game 73 of the 2014-15 Calgary Flames regular season, and by the specific wording I used, you can tell they have a shot at the post-season. The Flames enter tonight in third place in the Pacific Division. Their fate remains mostly in their own hands, as the elimination number for several teams behind them can dwindle rapidly if this hockey club manages to rack up some Ws.

The Flames are still 12 games above .500, but they've lost three of their last four games (1-2-1) and have allowed some points to slip away, notably with a flat performance on Saturday afternoon against Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets and a close loss in Denver. Tonight, they get a chance for redemption against another team with a hot goalie and a team name that begins with the consonant C, the Colorado Avalanche.

Puck drop is at 7pm MT and you can catch all the excitement on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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The Playoff Chase - March 23 2015

Ryan Pike
March 23 2015 09:00AM

We're into the meat of the playoff chase now, gang.

Most teams only have ten games remaining. The races are heating up. Here's where things stand heading into this exciting week.

In terms of magic number calculation and up-to-date numbers, check out Pat Steinberg's page over at the Sportsnet site. He's been on this from day-one, and he usually keeps that page quite current. Long story short, the magic number is the combined number of Flames wins and opponent losses required to eliminate that team from catching Calgary in the final standings (Flames OT/shootout losses are half-wins, and opponent OT/shootout losses are half-losses).

If four of the teams below get their magic number down to zero, Calgary goes to the playoffs.

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Prospect Round-Up - March 22 2015

Ryan Pike
March 22 2015 01:00PM

We're nearing the end of the major-junior and college hockey seasons. The majority of the Calgary Flames' prospects are about to begin their playoffs.

So who's playing where?

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