The Flames won some, and they lost some. But, as they’ve done throughout the season, they won more than they lost. In their first seven-game segment, they were 4-3-0. In their second, they improved to 4-2-1. In their third, they were once again 4-3-0. In their fourth, they improved to 5-1-1. In their fifth, they kept…
Well, you can’t deny things are a whole lot more exciting when a goal is scored. Maybe that’ll push things back on the right track.
As the Flames should be looking forward to a division title – and, with it, home ice advantage and presumably an easier path through the playoffs – they’re once again faced with a problem that has seemed to be plaguing them for a couple of months now: the top line is out of sync, and…
And, when you factor in context – the best team in the West against the worst, and when the best still has something to play for (first isn’t clinched yet) – it’d probably be fair to also say bad. The Flames have certainly looked better.
Once again, we saw what happens when a good hockey team plays a significantly worse hockey team: the good team wins. With ease. It’s been like this for most of the season, but it’s still such a delight seeing the Flames be that outstandingly good team.
When a good team plays a bad team, well, this is just the sort of thing that happens.
The Flames are in the playoffs. They have the edge for the Pacific Division title – and with it, presumably, an easier first round matchup – though by no means is it secured. They have a handful of players out due to various ailments and injuries, but they’re still winning games for the most part.
The Flames put in just as much effort as they needed in order to win. It’s maybe not the greatest strategy going forward, but the stakes aren’t so high right now – and it worked out just fine.
After playing a game with just 11 forwards, the Flames have brought Curtis Lazar back up to the NHL, reportedly on an emergency recall.
We’ve known it was coming for a while, but now it’s here: the Flames are officially back in the playoffs.
The Flames are all but officially in the playoffs, and it’s entirely possible they have a lengthy spring. I know some members of the community have started discussing ways to celebrate a playoff run, so let’s gather them in a post here!
The Flames were down a top player, playing a rested playoff-bound team on the second of a back-to-back, and still the game was within reach the entire time. Moral victories don’t count in a tight division race, but the Flames are in the playoffs anyway – even if it isn’t official yet – and that…