The Playoff Chase – April 6 2015

The NHL season ends in five days. There are nine teams competing for eight spots. Four spots are entirely spoken for. Another two spots can be sewn up tonight.

Here’s where things stand as the Flames sit idle tonight.

A HANDY TABLE

GP ROW Pts GR Pot
Pts
Can
CGY
Catch?
Can
Catch
CGY?
Remaining Opponents
Ducks 80 42 107 2 111 No N/A DAL, ARI
Blues 79 40 105 3 111 No N/A WPG, CHI, MIN
Predators 79 41 104 3 110 No N/A COL, MIN, DAL
Blackhawks 79 39 102 3 108 No N/A MIN, STL, COL
Wild 78 40 96 4 104 Yes N/A WPG, CHI, NSH, STL
Canucks 79 40 95 3 101 Yes N/A LA, ARI, EDM
Flames 79 39 93 3 99 N/A N/A ARI, LA, WPG
Kings 78 37 92 4 100 N/A Yes VAN, EDM, CGY, SJ
Jets 78 33 92 4 100 N/A Yes MIN, STL, COL, CGY
Sharks 79 35 87 3 93 N/A No DAL, EDM, LA
Stars 79 34 86 3 92 N/A No SJ, ANA, NSH
Avalanche 79 27 84 3 90 N/A No NSH, WPG, CHI
Oilers 79 18 59 3 65 N/A No LA, SJ, VAN
Coyotes 79 19 56 3 62 N/A No CGY, VAN, ANA

Calgary’s magic number sits at 3.5 on Winnipeg (because Calgary holds the ROW tie-breaker for sure) and 4 on Los Angeles.

SCOREBOARD WATCHING

The Canucks, Kings and Jets burn off their games in hand on Calgary tonight (as does Minnesota). Minnesota plays Winnipeg and Vancouver plays Los Angeles. A win for Minnesota clinches a playoff berth, as does a win for Vancouver.

  • A Minnesota regulation win drops Calgary’s magic number on the Jets to 2.5.
  • A Vancouver regulation win drops Calgary’s magic number on the Kings to 3.

And that’s with the Flames up against the lowly Arizona Coyotes tomorrow evening. Long story short, life can get easy for the Flames with a win by either the Wild or Canucks and the Flames taking care of their own business on Tuesday night at the ‘Dome.

It’s going to be a fascinating 48 hours of hockey in the Western Conference.