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Yea finishing 1st is crucial to avoid San Jose or Vegas. I would be very afraid to face one of them in the first round. Not that i think we cant beat them its just that theres a chance we could waste this great season by facing a top team early and getting kicked. Plus if they face each other and we win our round the team that comes out of that matchup will be tired and bruised up for us. I would rather face Minnesota/Colorado/Vancouver/Edmonton in round 1.
Neither SJ nor VGK is scary. They both suck pretty hard on the road.

The key to winning a playoff series is to win your home games, and to win one game on the road. All three of SJ, VGK, and Calgary look equally capable of winning their home dates, but Calgary looks like far-and-away the best bet of the three to win a road game.
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Neither SJ nor VGK is scary. They both suck pretty hard on the road.

The key to winning a playoff series is to win your home games, and to win one game on the road. All three of SJ, VGK, and Calgary look equally capable of winning their home dates, but Calgary looks like far-and-away the best bet of the three to win a road game.
Only thing that scares me is Fleury can be just ridiculous. Quick had a 1.55 GAA and SV% of .940 and LA still lost. Only thing I got is he has played 45 games so far and is on pace to play 65+ games (chances are he plays at least 20 of LV remaining 30 games). I am no expert,but I would think 65 to 70 games is a lot for a 34 year old goal tender.
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Only thing that scares me is Fleury can be just ridiculous. Quick had a 1.55 GAA and SV% of .940 and LA still lost. Only thing I got is he has played 45 games so far and is on pace to play 65+ games (chances are he plays at least 20 of LV remaining 30 games). I am no expert,but I would think 65 to 70 games is a lot for a 34 year old goal tender.
Especially considering he played 20 PO games last year, and wasn't done until June 7. His training camp opened August 31.
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I'm going to the game in Vegas! Definitely a great time to go, should be a hell of a game!
I'm going too for my 40th birthday party!
Tron I got a bunch of tickets together for $140 US each, not exactly cheap lol but the arena is supposed to rock.
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Good luck Flames. Hope these guys pull it through for ya!

Coyotes/Flames 1st round??
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Good luck Flames. Hope these guys pull it through for ya!

Coyotes/Flames 1st round??
I'd take that! Coyotes could use a playoffs to help spur some interest in that market. That being said, I still can't believe the race for the westen conference WC. At times, the teams in the "race" remind me of the Monty Python twit Olympics Sketch. Don't know how you lose 11 odd games in a row and still manage to be only a point out.
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Neither SJ nor VGK is scary. They both suck pretty hard on the road.

The key to winning a playoff series is to win your home games, and to win one game on the road. All three of SJ, VGK, and Calgary look equally capable of winning their home dates, but Calgary looks like far-and-away the best bet of the three to win a road game.
Vegas literally just made the finals last year and San Jose 2 years before that. If they dont scare you idk what to say. Not saying i dont think we can beat them just that id rather avoid them in round 1.
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Yea finishing 1st is crucial to avoid San Jose or Vegas. I would be very afraid to face one of them in the first round. Not that i think we cant beat them its just that theres a chance we could waste this great season by facing a top team early and getting kicked. Plus if they face each other and we win our round the team that comes out of that matchup will be tired and bruised up for us. I would rather face Minnesota/Colorado/Vancouver/Edmonton in round 1.
It's amazing how bad the wild card race in the western conference is
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Vegas literally just made the finals last year and San Jose 2 years before that. If they dont scare you idk what to say. Not saying i dont think we can beat them just that id rather avoid them in round 1.
Quite a difference in your own post - being so scared you're speechless when others aren't vs. simply preferring to avoid them.
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It's amazing how bad the wild card race in the western conference is
According to the numbers on sportsclubstats, the Flames would probably make the playoffs if they finished the season with 88 points. That's some kind of bad.
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Yea finishing 1st is crucial to avoid San Jose or Vegas. I would be very afraid to face one of them in the first round. Not that i think we cant beat them its just that theres a chance we could waste this great season by facing a top team early and getting kicked. Plus if they face each other and we win our round the team that comes out of that matchup will be tired and bruised up for us. I would rather face Minnesota/Colorado/Vancouver/Edmonton in round 1.
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Would you want St. Louis, Dallas, Arizona, or Anaheim as well in round 1?
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Here are some of the magic numbers for the Flames against the Pacific teams.



We do have the ROW on teams and that isn't calculated here. So if that is still the case near the end than it would account for a point or half a game depending on the number you are using.
Great work. Is it possible to add the magic numbers for the entire western conference?
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Great work. Is it possible to add the magic numbers for the entire western conference?
Yup. I just have it filtered to the Pacific teams.

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Here is a breakdown of the opponents left in the Flames schedule.

The Flames play 14 more times in the pacific division, including their last five of the season.


Anaheim Ducks 3
San Jose Sharks 2
Vancouver Canucks 2
Arizona Coyotes 2
Vegas Golden Knights 2
Los Angeles Kings 2
Edmonton Oilers 1


The Flames only play against central teams three more times

Winnipeg
Minnesota
Dallas

Otherwise the Flames play 14 eastern conference teams.
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Don't know why Im nervous for the stretch run. Hopefully Flames can continue playing at a high level.
Same. This is the first time all season I have had any edge of nerves, but it's matched with some real excitement!

This is the home stretch boys! Bring it home strong!!!
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February is tough
4 home, 9 road
@Wash, @Car
Home to SJ
@Van, @TB, @FLA, @Pit
Home to Ari, NYI, Ana
@Ott, NYI, NJD

Only back to back is isles/devils so almost no travel

Will be great test. May be first time they face any real adversity? Potential is there. Hopefully not

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Good luck Flames. Hope these guys pull it through for ya!

Coyotes/Flames 1st round??
That's about as close to a playoff deathwish for your team that you could get.

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Here is a breakdown of the opponents left in the Flames schedule.

The Flames play 14 more times in the pacific division, including their last five of the season.


Anaheim Ducks 3 (2 home / 1 away)
San Jose Sharks 2 (1 home / 1 away)
Vancouver Canucks 2 (2 away)
Arizona Coyotes 2 (1 home / 1 away)
Vegas Golden Knights 2 (1 home / 1 away)
Los Angeles Kings 2 (1 home / 1 away)
Edmonton Oilers 1 (home)


The Flames only play against central teams three more times

Winnipeg (away)
Minnesota (home)
Dallas (home)

Otherwise the Flames play 14 eastern conference teams.
I added home/ road splits. Seven home-dates and seven road games in the Division, and two home- v. one road-game in the Central.
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5 of those Pacific games are the last five games of the season:

ANA, @SJ, @LA, @ANA, EDM
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Man. Washington and Carolina, then back home for one against SJ before going to both the west and east coasts on the same trip, then home for a couple, then east again.

Bru-tal scheduling. I hope they're getting some solid rest on their breaks.
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