Other that the first 5 minutes I didn’t think the Flames played nearly as well as they ought to, because this was an important game. This game could mean the difference between 4th place and 10th place — we’ll find out later today. Backlund, Bourque, Babchuk, Giordano all came to play, however Iginla, Tanguay, Glenncross, Jokinen were nowhere to be found. If you’re top guys aren’t your top guys, well you know the rest.
It wasn’t frustrating that the Flames lost, it was the 55 minutes of non-effort. Even when the Flames were up 2-0 in the first, you just knew that they had subconsciously figured they could coast for the remainder of the game. You can’t do that against Colorado, much less Vancouver.
We see Minnesota 4 points back of the Flames with two games in hand, Anaheim 2 points back with three games in hand and Nashville 1 point back with two games in hand. That means that with only 11 games left in the season, the Flames will be pushed out of the playoffs as some point, for a period of time. Let’s just hope that time doesn’t include game 82.
SportsClubStats now has them at 48% to make the playoffs.