Nation World HQ
November 27 2011 07:13PM
The Calgary Flames may have earned just two of a possible eight points on this road trip, but they finished it off with a victory in solid fashion, taking a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on an early Sunday evening. Chasing starting goalie Niklas Backstrom along the way, the Flames caught some good fortune in the goal department but were full marks for the win, regardless of how pucks went in.
November 27 2011 06:54PM
Final score: 5-2 W
November 27 2011 03:18PM
Not much to say that hasn't been covered already this week and in Steinberg's FGD. The Wild are a beatable team despite what their record suggests and the Flames are rapidly approaching a point where the second half of the season will be largely irrelevant if the clubs doesn't start winning with more regularity.
Although most minds in town have already turned to the off-season and the more distant future, the truth is only one quarter of the year is through and the Flames are a better team than they've shown so far. A rebound and final grasp at the post-season before the remnants of the Sutter era are finally swept away is possible, however dim that likliehood seems now.
If the Flames management and veterans are to make their summer-time bravado not seem like so much marketing propoganda, the turn-around has to start tonight.
Nation World HQ
November 27 2011 01:53PM
The Calgary Flames finish off a nightmare four game road trip this afternoon when they take on the Minnesota Wild for the second time this season (4 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960). Calgary has lost all three prior games in Columbus, Detroit, and St. Louis and have done it in different ways. Knowing where the team is heading right now, a win in any fashion at this point is pretty important.
November 26 2011 12:16PM
So the theory is that if you have a playoff spot near the end of November, you are likely going to hold onto that spot and be a playoff team. Obviously, nothing is written in stone but the percentages are very good and by we should be able to know the difference between a hot start and a talented team.
According to data from the Toronto Star in 2010: 77.5% of teams that held a playoff spot on Thanksgiving made the playoffs. 84% of teams with 17 or fewer points did not make the playoffs. 89% of teams with 28 or more points made the playoffs. With that in mind, let’s look at the Canadian Team’s chances.