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8-5-3 for a chance.

Posted 2:58 PM ET | Comments 5

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.

Filed Under:   Flames   Detroit   Playoffs  
March 10, 2010 3:44 PM ET | Delete
Are you calling the Ottawa game on Thursday a gimmie?We shall see about that!
March 10, 2010 4:12 PM ET | Delete
Predicting gimmies is always dangerous! In fact I would say the SJ games will be more likely W's then the so callied 'gimmies'. SJ will have less on the line so we can hope for reduced intensity (key word HOPE) from the likes of Thornton and Heatley...
March 10, 2010 6:00 PM ET | Delete
To be clear I wasn't saying anyof those games, for sure including the Sens, is an easy game, I meant that they only have 5 losses they can take.
March 11, 2010 1:52 PM ET | Delete
I don't think we're safe with 94. I want 95 to be sure, and on the Fan960 last night Conroy said that the team is looking for 96. In my mind the game tonight is vital. Ottawa fans, I know your team is no slouch, but if we need 8 more wins, this has to be one of them.
March 11, 2010 6:38 PM ET | Delete
It's amazing but jumping from 94-96 points is literally 10% difference to the Flames making it.
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