So the Calgary Flames lost to the New Jersey Devils, what does this mean?
- It means that Calgary lost to one of the only three teams that are below them in the standings.
- It means that for the rest of the year the Flames will only play 4 games against teams below them in the standings, and 57 games against teams above them.
- It means that in the 61 games remaining, the Flames need about 78 points to expect to get the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. To get 78 points in 61 games you have to need to be 9 games above 500 – and they’re currently 3 games below 500. So unless there is a 12 game winning streak in the near future, the Flames have to play much better than 500 hockey, they have to play 700 hockey just to get the last playoff spot.
- It means that they although everyone will tell you they are only 6 points out of a playoff spot today, there are 6 teams fighting for that one playoff spot – teams that are already ahead of the Flames in the standings.
- It means that the time for rebuilding is now, trade them. Trade them all. Except Iginla – someone has to mentor the youngsters.
And another thing, if you’re a bad team like the Flames, wouldn’t it make more sense to play your backup against the elite teams, and your starter against the teams you have a shot at beating? That’s always bothered me.