Posts Tagged ‘Playoff Race’

Am I The Only One Who’s Nervous?

Posted 06 Apr 2010 — by admin
Category Playoff Race

Tonight is the first night that the Calgary Flames face elimination, and I can’t shake the feeling that I’m not the only one with this nervous feeling in my stomach. What if they lose tonight? What if Luongo plays like a spaghetti strainer and lets in 5 goals against Colorado and they beat the Canucks? What if Calgary and Colorado win? How long can we keep this up? So many questions.

It’s obvious that Calgary has put themselves in this position with their inconsistent play this year, and now it’s down to the wire. The odds of Calgary actually winning their next 3 games and making the playoffs are slim, but until I see it on paper (or a reputable website on the net), I won’t believe it.

The Flames are hosting the San Jose Sharks as I write this, and I really hope it isn’t my last “we can still make the playoffs this year” post.  Just one at a time, boys. You can do it.

Flames 1 Win Away from Home-Ice in the Playoffs

Posted 06 Apr 2009 — by admin
Category Los Angeles Kings, Northwest Division, Playoff Race, Win, home

Other than the fact that the Flames are back on a 1 game winning streak and now in sole possession of first place in the NW division, I can’t really take too much pleasure in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.

Sure, the Flames regained a bit of their scoring touch. Sure, they outshot their opponents 38-24. Sure, they won 4-1 moving them 2 points ahead of the Canucks atop the NW division. And sure… they gave themselves a chance to secure 3rd place in the West with a regulation win in Vancouver tomorrow night… but it was against the Los Angeles Kings. Dare I say it… the “lowly” Los Angeles Kings.

A smashing victory is to be expected when you play a young team that is currently tuning up their golf clubs to get ready for the next 6 months on the golf course.

If the Flames had lost tonight (like the Canucks did in Edmonton last night) I would be very concerned and would seriously consider sounding the “we’re going out in the first round, again” alarm…

…But I’m not.

Despite the fact that the Flames had 2 five-on-three powerplays and still did not score a powerplay goal, it was good to see Jarome Iginla light-it-up with his game-winning 34th goal of the season. It was also nice to see Mike Cammalleri team-up for 2 assists to get himself back on track. This is necessary heading into the post-season as it gives the Flames’ big guns some more confidence.

What was even more enjoyable as a Flames fan was to see the Flames players with smiles on their faces while they sat on the bench. They actually seemed to be having fun again while they were leading.

There has been too much seriousness in the Flames team lately and not enough confident play; not enough of what the Carolina Hurricanes have in their dressing room. In the past 10 games the Flames have been lacking the “we’re unstoppable” attitude which has caused them to lose too many games. And the Flames only have 3 more games to get their confidence back before every win counts.

Some highlights in tonight’s game included David Moss’ 20th goal of the season (way to go Mosser!!) and Jim Vandermeer’s first-ever goal as a Calgary Flame.

The Flames now head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks for the NW division title and home-ice advantage in the playoffs. A regulation win will give the Flames 1st place in the NW division for the playoffs. Puck drop is 8pm tomorrow night.

Thank You Lowly Colorado…

Posted 05 Apr 2009 — by admin
Category Northwest Division, Playoff Race, Vancouver Canucks

…For knocking off the Canucks 4-1 tonight.

I love how every sports broadcaster calls them “the lowly Colorado Avalanche” since they’re not making the playoffs. They do that to every team that is “mathematically out of the post season”. But lowly doesn’t mean they can’t stun the beloved hometown boys and *almost* shut them out… which the Avalanche almost did tonight.

Thanks to Colorado’s win tonight, Flames fans can breathe a little easier as we host Los Angeles tomorrow night. But remember that the Kings aren’t lowly. They are a dominating team (much like San Jose and Detroit) that the Flames must be ready to face. They will surely come out energized and ready to play.

After tonight’s action the Flames sit in 3rd in the West, tied for points with the Canucks, but with 1-game at hand, and a 2-win advantage over the Canucks. This should make for a good end to the season.

Playoff Race: What’s The Difference?

Posted 16 Mar 2009 — by admin
Category Flames, Northwest Division, Playoff Race

What’s the difference between 5 wins, anyway?

The way the standings sit right now, for the Flames, the difference between 5 wins means missing the playoffs or winning the Northwest Division title.

If that doesn’t seem right, allow me to explain. The only team that has secured a playoff spot as of today is Detroit. The Red Wings got their 101st point (and 9th consecutive 100+ point season) with their win in Columbus last night. Mathematically, the 9th Place team (Nashville) cannot catch Detroit, even if they won every single one of their last 13 games to finish their season.

The Flames, with 86 points would need 7 more wins to reach the 100 point plateau and secure a playoff berth. A combination of Flames wins or Nashville losses would make that number decrease.

The Vancouver Canucks beat Colorado last night, moving them to within 5 points of the Flames for the lead atop the Northwest Division. To guarantee 1st place in the NW, and secure 3rd place in the West heading into the playoffs, Calgary would need 12 of 13 wins to finish the season. Again, a combination of Flames wins and Canuck losses would achieve the same result.

But it’s interesting to see how things shape up each year. After a 7-game, make-or-break road trip and 13 games remaining in the season, the difference between missing the playoffs and being top in the NW is 5 wins. Ten points.

Since the probability of the 7th-9th place teams winning all of their next 12-13 games is pretty slim, the realistic numbers look a bit different. Realistically the Flames need about 5 more wins to secure a playoff spot, and about 8 wins to finish in 1st in the NW division.

Oh what a difference a road-trip win in Toronto and Atlanta would have made!

Flames Head to Playoffs on a Win

Posted 05 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Northwest Division, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Western Conference, Win

Calgary……7
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Jarome Iginla netted his 50th goal of the season as the Calgary flames rolled to a 7-1 victory in Vancouver for their final game of the season. Iginla double, and triple-shifted with almost every line on the team, and eventually got his 50th on a close-in shot. He added 2 assists to bring his season total to a career-high 98 points.

The win puts Calgary temporarily in 6th spot in the Western Conference, pending the result of the Minnesota-Colorado game tomorrow night.

After the game, the Canucks held a skate-around ceremony for Trevor Linden who is expected to retire soon. Calgary Captain Jarome Iginla lead the whole team (some of whom came back onto the ice from the dressing room) to shake hands with Linden.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Moss A: Nystrom
VAN: Ritchie A:Rypien
CGY: Huselius A: Lombardi, Regehr
CGY: Nystrom A: Moss

2nd Period
CGY: Boyd A: Iginla, Hale

3rd Period
CGY: Tanguay A: Langkow, Iginla
CGY: Iginla (50) A: Nystrom, Primeau
CGY: Nystrom A: Primeau