The Calgary Flames have lost four games in a row. Shockingly, it hasn’t really dented their playoff chances substantially.
Chasing a playoff spot
(Playoff spot odds throughout these tables via Sports Club Stats.)
The Flames are somehow still in top spot in the West, but only because San Jose hasn’t used up their games in hand yet. They’re still 18 points up on ninth place Arizona and a virtual lock for the playoffs, which goes to show you how valuable their red-hot first 55 games was to their playoff hopes.
Heading into the weekend, their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is any combination of 6.5 Flames wins or Coyotes losses. The playoff cut-line in the West, per the Athletic, is around 88 points.
Chasing home ice in the first round
This is equally sewn-up. The Flames are 10 points up on Vegas. They and the Sharks are virtual locks for home ice in the first round, though it’s up in the air who finishes where between the two of them. Third place in the Pacific projects to around 97 points.
Chasing a divisional title
The Sharks have a game in hand on the Flames, so they’re likely to pass them. That said, it’s a two-horse race right now and it’s unlikely that Vegas will make much of a push. Second place in the Pacific projects to around 106 points, so there’s still a ways to go before anyone clinches this race.
Chasing top spot in the West
As with the other races, it’s Calgary and San Jose duking it out. As noted before, it’ll take around 106 points to win this race.