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That is what it takes as of today for the Flames to make the playoffs as far as I can tell. I've stated that 94 points historically will get you in so in keeping with that the flames need 19 points however anything less than that could be disastrous. For instance a .500 record here on out would give them a straight 16 points and even though it's just a three point difference it would literally mean that they do not make the post season or at least leave their chances significantly reduced. The importance for every game to be either won or contested in overtime at the very least is paramount now, they only have 5 strikes to give up in 16 games so although the chance is still pretty good (around 50%) that they make the playoffs, there's a lot of doubt to be had as well.
After a three game winning streak has nudged them into the 8th hole they look ahead at what is yet to come, another bout with Detroit who are always dangerous, two contests against the regular season jugernaught Sharks, two against Colorado who they like to lose to 3-2 every time this season, Minny who they've beaten once and maybe worst of all Chicago...that's right...the damn Blackhawks and their mysterious mental hold they have on Calgary.
In summary there are 7 very dangerous games there with only 5 gimmies for the Flames. Hard Stretch, but I've seen improbable things here before, like being a bad team all year, making the playoffs and beating the top divisional teams and taking the presidents trophy team to 7 games. Anything is Possible.
The teams coming up directly have more than one line to roll, there is back to back sets twice more in the schedule, one of them ends with the Capitals. The positives are a three game win streak has given us fans some hope, the negative is they have every hill to climb to get to the promised land.
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