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03-20-2017, 03:55 AM
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I'm not even worried about not making the playoffs right now. The Kings aren't really a threat and I'm sure we'll make it. Right now, I just want us to start a good run that will carry on to the postseason. It comes with defense.

Also, Calgary's remaining schedule is tough. With a win tonight we'd be 3 points back and we have a game against them on Thursday which means we could be one point back.

Flames schedule:

@ WSH
@ NSH
@ STL
COL
LOS
SJS
ANA
@ ANA
@ LOS
@ SJS

There's only one "easy game". If they could just go on a bit of a slump we could still pass them. No need to talk about EDM or the Blues they have ridicilously easy schedules to end the regular season.

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03-20-2017, 09:13 AM
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I don't necessarily disagree but the fact that they are hot right now will likely mean zilch come playoff time. History has shown time and time again that how you play down the stretch has very little bearing on playoff success/failure
Tell that to the Penguins last year. Their play down the stretch is THE reason they won.

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03-20-2017, 11:11 AM
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Tell that to the Penguins last year. Their play down the stretch is THE reason they won.
The coaching change is the largest reason for both their much improved play down the stretch and their cup win. Both were the result of a complete system change and the great play has carried over to this year.


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03-20-2017, 10:45 PM
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Well Edmonton beat LA. With our win we are 8 points ahead of them. I'm gong to assume st.Louis wins Tuesday in Colorado, so they will also be 8 points ahead of LA. LA is pretty much done.

These are probably your 8 teams, just seeding left to determine.



Also, we eliminated Arizona tonight.

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03-21-2017, 07:47 PM
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The best-case scenario is that Edmonton or Anaheim passes San Jose for the division, Nashville loses third place to St. Louis and passes Calgary for the 1st wildcard spot. That leaves the preds up against Anaheim or Edmonton in round one, both series I think they would win. Certainly a longshot, but here's hoping.

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03-22-2017, 03:38 AM
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The best-case scenario is that Edmonton or Anaheim passes San Jose for the division, Nashville loses third place to St. Louis and passes Calgary for the 1st wildcard spot. That leaves the preds up against Anaheim or Edmonton in round one, both series I think they would win. Certainly a longshot, but here's hoping.
Absolutely. It'll get tight in the Pacific division.

IMO, we're not in competition against the Blues anymore. They have such easy schedule that there's just no way they'll lose the 3rd spot. Wild will finish 2nd, the Hawks will win the division.

For us, it's either the Hawks or the Pacific winner. Now the Calgary game is the biggest one this season. They have a tough schedule to close it off and by a win tomorrow we'd get one point back from them with one game in hand.

Edmonton also has a ridicilously easy schedule but I still think the Sharks will win the Pacific. But there's a chance the Oil could win it, they have 2 games against each other. Having EDM in the 1st round would be like winning the lottery.

The Ducks also have a tough schedule ahead and we're 4 points back from them so there's still a chance we could pass them and get that #1WC.

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Ultimate goal is to win it all, so bring on whoever....

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Ultimate goal is to win it all, so bring on whoever....
True, playoff are time for winners, go big or go home. But we can speculate, who would our best opponent be. The West is wide open this year, so just get in and anything can happen.

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Absolutely. It'll get tight in the Pacific division.

IMO, we're not in competition against the Blues anymore. They have such easy schedule that there's just no way they'll lose the 3rd spot.
As much as I hate them, the Blues have been a pretty fascinating team lately. As late as January, they were a complete mess on defense and in goal, ranking in the bottom 10 in the league in both.

Then they fire Hitchcock and trade Shattenkirk, and now they have somehow turned into the best defense and goaltending team in the entire league.

Saw a stat last night that since Feb 1 they are #1 in the league in goals allowed and save %.

And lately they have almost been perfect- they basically donít allow any goals and it is pretty hard to lose when you do that. In their last 9 games overall they have allowed a total of 13 goals. And in their past 7 road games they have allowed a total of 7 goals. SEVEN total goals allowed in 7 road games.

That is pretty crazy- hopefully it will not last.

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03-22-2017, 05:53 PM
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As much as I hate them, the Blues have been a pretty fascinating team lately. As late as January, they were a complete mess on defense and in goal, ranking in the bottom 10 in the league in both.

Then they fire Hitchcock and trade Shattenkirk, and now they have somehow turned into the best defense and goaltending team in the entire league.

Saw a stat last night that since Feb 1 they are #1 in the league in goals allowed and save %.

And lately they have almost been perfect- they basically don’t allow any goals and it is pretty hard to lose when you do that. In their last 9 games overall they have allowed a total of 13 goals. And in their past 7 road games they have allowed a total of 7 goals. SEVEN total goals allowed in 7 road games.

That is pretty crazy- hopefully it will not last.
Which tells me it's going to moderate a bit. Rarely do teams go from garbage to awesome overnight and then stay that way. Yeah it happened with Pittsburgh, but that was a team with players you knew were seriously underachieving, St. Lous isn't really in that same boat. They also haven't exactly been playing the best teams in the league either. When they have played top teams they have been losing with the exception of the one Wild game and the one San Jose game.


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03-23-2017, 12:36 AM
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Anaheim won tonight. They are now only 2 points behind San Jose for first place in the Pacific.

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And St. Louis loses Paul Statsny. Week-to-week.

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I'd really like it if the Blues lost once in a while.

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It would help if they played anyone worth a damn.

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Gotta love when the blues and flames get a point in the same game

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