Handicapping The Race

Ryan Pike
February 05 2015 11:00AM

There are approximately 30 games remaining for the majority of the teams left in the playoff chase, so let's take some time on this off-day for the Calgary Flames to examine their chances in greater depth.

I spent my evening looking through each team's remaining schedule.

Here's the gist.

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Five things: An increasingly likely hypothetical scenario

Ryan Lambert
February 05 2015 09:00AM

1. What if?

A quick look at the standings as I write this ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Sharks shows the Flames in eighth place in the West, with 59 points from 51 games. That put them somewhat comfortably ahead of a cluster of four teams with 54 or 55 points, though most have a game in hand.

And what I learned from some research I did last week, being five points out of a playoff spot this late in the season are effectively out of it. While some teams may be making a little bit of a hard charge lately — Colorado and Minnesota chief among them — and Los Angeles at least has the building blocks to do the same if they can ever recover from this woeful slump (just five wins from their last 21 games, which seems impossible), it's looking increasingly likely that the Calgary Flames will against all odds make the playoffs this year.

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Post-Game: (Left) Sharks Left Laying

Ryan Pike
February 05 2015 12:12AM

It was yet another playoff-like game for the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, as they went into battle with a divisional foe in the form of the San Jose Sharks. Despite playing a fairly solid game, and keeping the Flames on their heels for portions of the first and third periods, it was the Sharks that were left laying this evening.

By virtue of a very strong stretch in the second period, and an otherwise fairly solid game from the whole team, the Calgary Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at the 'Dome. The Flames have moved into a tie with the Sharks for second place in the NHL's Pacific Division, and hold the tie-breaker by virtue of having more wins.

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FGD: Blood in the Water (8PM - SNET W)

Taylor McKee
February 04 2015 01:00PM

I figured I would use this image to brighten your day. Miss u bud.

Get ready for the biggest game of the season. Since the last biggest game of the season. Not to be confused with the subsequent biggest games to follow this one and the biggest road-trip of the season waiting just around the corner. This is surely an unexpectedly stressful time of year for Flames fans.

It's another four-point game tonight for the Flames as they host the division-rival San Jose Sharks for the fifth game of a six game home-stand in which the Flames have won three and lost once. The Sharks sit two points ahead of the Flames entering tonight's action and have played the exact same amount of games. In recent years, catching up with the Sharks in the regular season seemed about as likely as a Flames game without cotton eyed joe. This year, it feels ...attainable.

Check out the lineups and preview after the jump!

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Who Will The Flames Move By The Deadline?

Ryan Pike
February 04 2015 11:00AM

We're just short of a month away from the most wacky day of the year, the National Hockey League's trade deadline. This season's deadline is 1pm MT on March 2, a time in which the Flames will be on their long, long Brier road trip.

Who would the Flames like to move? Who will they be able to move?

Let's have a brief look!

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