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The 2018 Playoff Chase: A chaotic West

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our continuing coverage of the 2018 Calgary Flames and their attempts to qualify for the postseason. This season has been tumultuous to say the least, but despite their best efforts – including employing Eddie Lack as an NHL goaltender – the Flames remain in playoff contention.

How close are they to actually making it? Let’s break it down, friends.

Where they stand

(Sorted by points percentage.)

Team
GP
W
Pts
Pct. ROW
Div
Chances % Change
Golden Knights 54 36 74 .704 34 PAC 100% n/a
Predators 53 32 73 .689 28 CEN 99.6% n/a
Jets 55 32 73 .664 30 CEN 98.2% n/a
Stars 56 33 70 .625 29 CEN 88.3% n/a
Blues 57 34 71 .623 31 CEN 82.9% n/a
Kings 54 30 65 .602 28 PAC 87.8% n/a
Wild 54 29 64 .593 26 CEN 46.0% n/a
Sharks 54 28 64 .593 25 PAC 61.5% n/a
Avalanche 53 29 62 .585 28 CEN 53.3% n/a
Flames 55 28 64 .582 26 PAC 44.8% n/a
Ducks 56 27 64 .571 24 PAC 33.1% n/a
Blackhawks 54 24 56 .519 24 CEN 4.3% n/a
Oilers 53 23 50 .472 21 PAC 0.2% n/a
Canucks 55 21 48 .436 21 PAC 0.0% n/a
Coyotes 54 12 35 .324 12 PAC 0.0% n/a

(Chances courtesy Sports Club Stats.)

Heading into the weekend, the Flames are on the outside looking in. In terms of points, they’re in a three-way tie with San Jose and Anaheim for the last Pacific spot at 64 points – the Sharks are in the spot by virtue of tiebreakers – and with Minnesota for the last wildcard spot at 64 points – again, they lose via tiebreakers.

In terms of points percentage, they’re a smidge behind the Sharks for the final Pacific spot and the Wild for the final wildcard spot – 0.011 each.

This past week

The Flames won three of four games this week. They beat Chicago twice and New Jersey once, but lost to the NY Rangers. The games were all one-goal games.

This coming week

Calgary will finish off their six-game road trip this week. They face the NY Islanders on Sunday, Boston on Tuesday and Nashville on Thursday. They’re back at home next Saturday when they host the Florida Panthers.