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Old 10-18-2016, 11:52 AM   #1
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After a long absence, the playoff snake is back for another season. To explain for the newcomers, and recap for returnees, the black line on the graph is the estimated number of points required to make the playoffs, normalized over the course of the season. I have gone with 96 points. The Flames require 1.171 points per game in order to keep at this pace. The number of points to make the playoffs may not be 96 this year, but no team in the history of the western conference has missed the playoffs with 96 points. Yes, there is a debate over the 2010-11 and 2014-15 seasons, but no team in the western conference has achieved 96 points and missed the playoffs. Only one team in the east, the 2014-15 Bruins, achieved 96 points and missed.

In the original spirit of the snake, as created by Bunk, I am using this year to only focus on the Flames, and not other teams. I am including Calgary's last two years for comparative purposes. The Flames made the playoffs in 2014-15 (green snake), and missed out in 2015-16 (purple snake).

It's been a tough start, with only one OTL in three games. I'm always hopeful that the red snake will stay above the black line all year. All three snakes shown on the graph started out with a loss in game one, and thus below the black line. The good news is the red snake got a point in game three. That wasn't accomplished the last two years. The Flames are one point behind the pace of the last two years. They are 2.512 points below the 96 point playoff pace.

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Old 10-18-2016, 11:57 AM   #2
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That is one flaccid snake.

What the hell is that second image supposed to be?
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:03 PM   #3
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OK hope the snake has some stamina this year! I remember last year it died and then no updates for awhile..
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:12 PM   #4
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Our snake needs viagra ASAP
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:22 PM   #5
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love this. thanks for bringing it back
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:23 PM   #6
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That blue snake is an ugly reminder of those painful losing streaks the Flames went on last year.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:16 PM   #7
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all hail the snake
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:15 AM   #8
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The last time I posted a snake, the Flames got a win. Let's hope for the same thing today.

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Ugh...this snake is making me sad right now. However, we are still ahead of last year's pace!
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:30 AM   #10
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I'm still in awe that they recovered from the 8 game losing streak in 14-15.

Anything can happen.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:53 AM   #11
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i was going to ask for a snake update this morning but thought it might be the most depressing snake. But hey, we're doing better than last year! Let's go snake win!
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I'm still in awe that they recovered from the 8 game losing streak in 14-15.

Anything can happen.
I agree, they aren't going to catch up in one game. Currently they have 3 points in the first 7 game segment. Lets hope they win the next game to move that to 5 points and then you can gets those 3 points back over the course of the other segments.

I know it is cliche, but one game at a time.
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Old 10-25-2016, 09:33 AM   #13
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Can you please update the snake? It's fun watching where it will go next
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snake! snake! snake!
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The people get what the people want! The Flames are 2-0-0 on days the snake is posted. Let's make it 3-0-0.

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Not quite 14-15 snake, but better than the 15-16 snake.

I'll take it.
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Can you please update the snake? It's fun watching where it will go next
Probably to the right and slightly up.
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Probably to the right and slightly up.
Yeah. But it could also go right and stay flat. You're theory is flawed.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:44 AM   #19
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it'll look prettier after we win tonight!
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it'll look prettier after we win tonight!
It'll be pretty darn close to the black line if we win tonight
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