The race for the West’s eight spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs is heating up. The regular season ends in less than two weeks. The teams in the race have roughly 5 or 6 games left.
Here’s a quick update on where the Flames sit right now, who they should worry about, and what’s next.
A HANDY TABLE
|Ducks||78||41||105||4||113||No||N/A||EDM, COL, DAL, ARI|
|Predators||77||41||102||5||112||No||N/A||VAN, DAL, COL, MIN, DAL|
|Blues||76||37||99||6||111||Yes||N/A||CGY, DAL, CHI, WPG, CHI, MIN|
|Blackhawks||76||37||98||6||110||Yes||N/A||VAN, BUF, STL, MIN, STL, COL|
|Wild||76||40||95||6||107||Yes||N/A||NYR, DET, WPG, CHI, NSH, STL|
|Canucks||76||40||93||6||105||Yes||N/A||NSH, CHI, WPG, LA, ARI, EDM|
|Flames||77||38||91||5||101||N/A||N/A||STL, EDM, ARI, LA, WPG|
|Jets||76||32||90||6||102||N/A||Yes||NYR, VAN, MIN, STL, COL, CGY|
|Kings||76||35||88||6||100||N/A||Yes||EDM, COL, VAN, EDM, CGY, SJ|
|Stars||77||33||84||5||94||N/A||Yes||STL, NSH, SJ, ANA, NSH|
|Sharks||76||33||83||6||95||N/A||Yes||COL, ARI, ARI, DAL, EDM, LA|
|Avalanche||76||26||82||6||94||N/A||Yes||SJ, ANA, LA, NSH, WPG, CHI|
|Oilers||76||18||59||6||71||N/A||No||ANA, LA, CGY, LA, SJ, VAN|
|Coyotes||77||18||54||5||64||N/A||No||SJ, SJ, CGY, VAN, ANA|
By virtue of last night’s loss to Calgary, the Stars are functionally dead. St. Louis hasn’t clinched yet, but is all-but-clinched.
Tonight, two games with playoff implications in the Western Conference.
- At 6pm MT, on Sportsnet Pacific, the Vancouver Canucks head to Music City to face the Nashville Predators. Nashville’s smarting after losing to Calgary and snapping their winning streak. Vancouver’s probably happy after beating the Blues, but likely still feeling vulnerable with Calgary, Los Angeles and Winnipeg on their heels. This should be a barn-burner, particularly with the Canucks on the back-half of a back-to-back. And it burns off Vancouver’s game-in-hand, as well.
- Also at 6pm MT, on TSN3, the New York Rangers visit the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are still in a playoff spot, but definitely vulnerable with the Kings on their heels. They’re burning off their game-in-hand on Calgary, and they do so against the Rangers, who are rounding into playoff form. Like Canucks/Predators, this should be a really fun game.
Best case scenario for the Flames: Nashville and the Rangers win.