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Old 01-12-2018, 02:55 PM   #41
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:55 PM   #42
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Pretty unlikely to win the division. LA is within reach for sure.

Vegas has such a lead. Their home record is amazing. I think part of that is because visiting teams get distracted.....but that only works once. Second half of the season and in future years, teams will be used to playing in Vegas.
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:57 PM   #43
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If the Knights go on a big losing skid, like a 1-7-1 kind of a stretch,

and the Flames sweep the 4 games with the Knights,

then there is a small chance they might actually win the division
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:07 PM   #44
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Woohoo - the Flames beat the best team in the NHL last night -we're gonna win the Cup! LOL
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:10 PM   #45
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Woohoo - the Flames beat the best team in the NHL last night -we're gonna win the Cup! LOL
Fans deserve a little optimism, and a little fun, after 40 games of mostly frustration, don't you think?
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:15 PM   #46
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A lot of games left and this team has proven to be incredibly streaky, let's see if they can take their current play and make it into their norm. I do think this team is better than last season, and maybe a lot better. The additions of Jankowski, Hathaway, Kulak, Smith, Hamonic and Rittich (to a lesser extent) makes me believe this level of play is much more sustainable than last season. I would be satisfied with a top 3 finish and anything more is icing on the cake.
Don't forget the biggest addition....SMITH
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:18 PM   #47
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Fans deserve a little optimism, and a little fun, after 40 games of mostly frustration, don't you think?
No #### eh, I think I have missed half a game this season and I totally agree with this statement. I would be less optimistic if our underlying numbers didn't pass the sniff test and if we hadn't been playing really well for quite some time now. I don't think people take into account how bad our puck luck has actually been this year. Believe in it or not but we by a large margin have hit more posts than anyone. That says something.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:30 PM   #48
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the improbability is significant.
Great way to put it. Like my chances at getting laid nightly.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:43 PM   #49
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The answer to the question is: Yes.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:45 PM   #50
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Don't forget the biggest addition....SMITH
And we can't forget the goalie Smith either.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:05 PM   #51
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Secure a playoff berth (home ice would be a bonus), then stay healthy down the stretch.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:30 PM   #52
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Its possible but we gotta start streaking and win 2 out of 3 always.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:59 PM   #53
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Vegas is getting the "light" treatment by teams going in just like Edmonton last season and the Flames in their 14/15 breakout. Teams will learn and adjust, but that could take until next season so it'll be a tough gap to make up. Still no way that home record is sustainable. It makes sense, hanging around Vegas would be quite the distraction.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:48 PM   #54
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Sure, anything is possible. It will require Vegas to play like an expansion team in the second half of the season, the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks to play sub .500, and the Flames to continue at the current pace. Vegas really has to fall off the face of the earth for there to be any hope. Not sure I see that happening though.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:20 PM   #55
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I'd be happy with a wild card spot and a 1st playoff round vs Vegas. I think Anaheim will get a top 3 spot now when they start to get healthy. They're still the best team in the division imho.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:22 PM   #56
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Logic says no way. But I believe in the stick-throwing era Flames.
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Sure, anything is possible. It will require Vegas to play like an expansion team in the second half of the season, the Kings, Sharks, and Ducks to play sub .500, and the Flames to continue at the current pace. Vegas really has to fall off the face of the earth for there to be any hope. Not sure I see that happening though.
We are one point behind LA and ahead of San Jose and Anaheim...
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:07 PM   #58
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As I mentioned in the Panthers PGT, if the Flames sweep Vegas in their upcoming matchups, it is conceivable. Flames coaching staff should already be studying Vegas tape and approaching these games as a mini-playoff series.

The Flames have a pretty good chance of meeting Vegas in the playoffs, so regardless of where they finish a possible 11 games against the Knights over the course of less than four months is a pretty good way to build a rivalry pretty fast.
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As I mentioned in the Panthers PGT, if the Flames sweep Vegas in their upcoming matchups, it is conceivable. Flames coaching staff should already be studying Vegas tape and approaching these games as a mini-playoff series.

The Flames have a pretty good chance of meeting Vegas in the playoffs, so regardless of where they finish a possible 11 games against the Knights over the course of less than four months is a pretty good way to build a rivalry pretty fast.
Booking a trip to Vegas with a bunch of Flames fans for 2 playoff games would be epic!
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:16 PM   #60
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We are one point behind LA and ahead of San Jose and Anaheim...
Yeah, and? The question was win the division. Anaheim and LA has been a 2nd half teams the past few years, so that has to be taken into when considering the question. San Jose has had a rough 2nd half, so they are probably not as big a concern. I think the two southern California teams will be in the mix and the Flames will have to battle them to earn the crown, if Las Vegas falters, which I don't think they will.
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