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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First Star, Worst Star: March 22, 2015

jeanshorts
March 22 2015 01:00PM

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Spring is finally here!! *Looks out window. Can't see due to snow covering window* Ehh.... Well we may have to wait a little longer on that one, but no need to wait for this weeks edition of First Star, Worst Star!! 

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Taking a closer look at the top line's high shooting percentages

arii
March 22 2015 11:00AM

The Flames' sudden jump in shooting percentage is one of the reasons they're in a playoff position this year. Following my piece, Beloch pointed out the Flames' top point-getters are all beneficiaries of this phenomenon; and as of today, are the team's only 20 goal scorers. Kent touched on this some in his most recent mailbag as well.

As Jiri Hudler is experiencing the second best shooting percentage of his career - and up 3.2% from last season - he's having a career year offensively. Many of us predicted Sean Monahan to regress based on his rookie shooting percentage of 15.7%, but he's only exceeded that, scoring even more along the way. Johnny Gaudreau's new so we can't really compare him to his previous performances, but we can note his clip isn't as high as his linemates'.

What are they doing to succeed so efficiently?

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Post-Game: Missed Opportunities

Ryan Pike
March 21 2015 05:03PM

The Calgary Flames had a home game against a non-playoff, non-conference opponent this afternoon.

They entered the third period with a one-goal lead. However, they only got a point, as they lost to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime by a 3-2 score.

Their loss moves them a point closer to the vaunted 95-point mark and a potential playoff spot, but it makes life a bit more difficult for them the rest of the way.

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