The Flames now sit three points back of Detroit, who doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon, for the final playoff seed in the Western Conference. The situation might not look so bad at first, but all you have to do is look at the remaining games for each team down the stretch. Calgary has to play San Jose twice, Chicago, Washington, Colorado twice (one this Wednesday on TSN), and Vancouver. Those are teams that either lead their conferences or divisions, although Colorado is five points back of Vancouver. Bad times. Detroit on the other hand gets to play the Oilers twice and the Blue Jackets three times.
Next up, the Predators don't have a very tough schedule ahead of them, highlighted by three games against St. Louis. But still, stranger things have happened, and if there was a team to fall out of the race at this point it could very well be Nashville.
So many things have to go right for the Flames to make the dance. The chances are now down to around 20% , which only makes things look bleaker. But hey, at least we'll have Staios and Kotalik signed for next season...but I guess things could be worse.
If nothing else, be thankful there is still some stability in net.