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So now that the trade deadline is over and there's no more hope for getting any better, the focus now comes on making the playoffs. Most everyone who will read this will know how important making the playoffs is for the Flames, they lack draft picks in the upcoming draft and have essentially put their eggs into the basket of "win today".

Currently the Flames are 13 points behind where they were last year at this time, should they have matched that pace this year they would currently be 1st in the N.W. and 3rd in the West. The reality is they are tied for 9th and will have to fight very hard just to get 8th. They sit only one point back of 8th, the Detroit Red Wings, so it would be reasonable to say that they don't have a HUGE hill to climb except for the fact that of the teams currently trying to get that 8th spot Calgary has the worst record of all of them in the last ten games and the lowest goals for in total on the season.

Assuming that getting 94 points will get you in the playoffs the Flames would need to go 12-6-1 over the remaining 19 games, in the last ten games they have gone 4-4-1, getting shut out twice. The schedule doesn't offer any wiggle room either as they play teams above them in standings...you guessed it...12 times.

I'm only guessing at 94 points as well, the actual line could move up or down, but historically that is a good number to aim for. Now if you take the last ten games and take out the games in which they played Carolina and Edmonton, two bottom feeders (though the hurricanes have shown improvement) then the flames average 1.4 goals a game.

The question I'll leave you with is:

Do you think the current version of the Flames can beat 12 teams in the last 19 games considering the average amount the score?

Filed Under:   Flames   Detroit   Playoffs  
March 5, 2010 2:34 PM ET | Delete
March 5, 2010 2:36 PM ET | Delete
Update: Staios with Bouwmeester in practice.
March 5, 2010 2:54 PM ET | Delete
Staios with Bouwmeester? I figured he'd be taking time away from Pardy or Sarich. Ok if Staios was brought in for top four minutes then I take it back. The Sutter era should come to a close. I hope we're wrong and the Flames pull it off and win in the playoffs because they're not supposed to but I'm losing faith
March 5, 2010 3:44 PM ET | Delete
not a chance they make the playoffs. Not only do they have the worst record of these teams in the last 10 games, I bet they have the worst record in the last 30 games as well. It's been a long slide and it aint changing that quick.
March 5, 2010 4:48 PM ET | Delete
We're not making the playoffs. Not only do we have to outplay Detroit, we have to outplay Dallas and Anaheim. Nothing we've seen in the last 2 or 3 months suggests the Flames are capable of playing better than .500....or even .300 hockey. It's ridiculous to think we'll outplay all 3 of those teams.
March 5, 2010 4:52 PM ET | Delete
AND St. Louis. I didn't even realize they were tied with us. Wow.
March 5, 2010 5:28 PM ET | Delete
I'm scared man... I'm starting to think like those people I've been mocking over the past three years ("Trade Iggy!", "Fire Daryl!", "We need sacrifice chickens before every game!"). But you know what really keeps me up at night?? What if we were ALL wrong? What if Dion's attitude WASN'T the problem?? What if it was Iggy and Robyn's attitudes that are REALLY the problem?!?!? *shudder* I don't think we're gonna make it, friends...
March 5, 2010 5:42 PM ET | Delete
Well Iggy will be a huge piece once it come to re-build time, send him to a contender, he deserves it, and build.
March 5, 2010 5:54 PM ET | Delete
If the season is a total disaster, I would remove the Sutters and grab Yzerman before some one else does. A huge boost to the rebuild could be had by trading Iggy for torontos first from Boston at the draft.
March 5, 2010 5:55 PM ET | Delete
Torontos first that is.
March 5, 2010 5:56 PM ET | Delete
This site sucks thought it was my fault on missing the plus sign ;)
March 5, 2010 6:34 PM ET | Delete
I think if the season was a disaster and Iginla was traded for that pick it would have to be because they won the lottery and we get to screw Edmonton out of Taylor Hall, only way the fan base could swallow it.
March 5, 2010 6:42 PM ET | Delete
And leak to the media that you offered the Oilers the pick for Staois but they declined :)
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