The 2018 Playoff Chase: The trade deadline looms

The Calgary Flames have 20 games remaining on their regular season docket. They lost several games this week, but remain very much alive in perhaps the most chaotic playoff race the Western Conference has seen in years.

Here’s how things look as we approach the trade deadline.

Where they stand

(Sorted by points percentage.)

Pct. ROW
Chances % Change
Golden Knights 60 40 84 .700 38 PAC 100% none
Predators 60 37 83 .692 32 CEN 99.9% +0.1%
Jets 60 35 79 .658 33 CEN 99.4% none
Wild 60 33 73 .608 30 CEN 74.4% +16.8%
Stars 61 35 74 .607 31 CEN 76.5% -9.2%
Sharks 61 33 74 .607 29 PAC 78.8% +2.5%
Blues 61 34 72 .590 31 CEN 58.4% -12.6%
Ducks 62 31 73 .589 27 PAC 63.7% +28.1%
Kings 61 33 71 .582 31 PAC 77.5% +11.7%
Flames 62 31 70 .573 29 PAC 32.9%
Avalanche 60 32 69 .575 31 CEN 39.0% -11.0%
Blackhawks 61 26 60 .492 25 CEN 0.2% none
Oilers 60 25 54 .450 23 PAC 0.0% none
Canucks 60 23 53 .442 23 PAC 0.0% none
Coyotes 60 17 44 .367 16 PAC 0.0% none

(Chances courtesy Sports Club Stats.)

Vegas, Nashville and Winnipeg are in. They’re not mathematically in, but they just need to not collapse in on themselves over the last 20 games.

From there, it’s a big clump. Two of San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Calgary get Pacific Division spots. One of Minnesota, Dallas, St. Louis and Colorado get a Central Division spot. The two wildcard spots go to whoever’s the best of the rest. It’s a gigantic jumble.

The Flames dropped like a stone this week due to their few losses. But they’re still very much in it. Their margin for error has very much shrunk, though.

This past week

The Flames lost three of their four games this week. They lost to Florida, Boston (in OT) and Vegas, but beat Arizona.

This coming week

The Flames play three games this week, straddling the trade deadline. They host Colorado on Saturday afternoon, then play in Dallas on Tuesday and Colorado on Wednesday.

  • Fan the Flames

    Trading Stone would be the best for the team but I don’t think we could get much . Brodie has the most value in a trade and Frolic might get some interest . I don’t like losing any top prospects unless it would bring huge benefit now and into the future and not put us into cap hell and that’s not likely.

  • everton fc

    If we could move a prospect we feel we can move (Kylington?) for some other teams prospect that could play in the NHL (Leivo??) we may make a move like that. That’s all I see, unless we move Brodie for a 1st and promote Andersson – which I don’t see coming, as it’s too much of a shakeup.

    The ideal TD move… Whack the head coach, and Cameron. Bring in someone who will inspire these guys, and assess who really wants to be here, who should be here, who doesn’t care, who shouldn’t be here… And so on.

    • Chucky

      If Gulutzan is the head coach then Anderson (right hand shot) cannot replace Brodie.
      If they do the right thing then that brings Hamonic and Stone into play because Anderson is ready to play third pairing and slot in behind Brodie and Hamilton.