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?