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Flames make final push for Stanley Cup Playoffs
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:04:38 +0000
Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) - With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Calgary Flames are making a final push to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs, starting with a crucial five-game road trip.
"It seems that we always find a way to elevate our games in situations that we need to and right now we're all in," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "The chips are all on the table right now. There's no bluffs."
"We have to come up with our best performances and it's fun. I'm enjoying the games. The players are on the job. This city is right behind us," he added.
After completing a five-game homestand with a 2-1-2 record, the Flames begin their final extended road trip of the season Friday against the Minnesota Wild. It continues against the Nashville Predators, Stars, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers.
The Flames are currently in ninth place in the Western Conference. At one point, they are one point behind the Los Angeles Kings for third in the Pacific Division and three behind the Vancouver Canucks for second.
The Winnipeg Jets, who hold the second wild card into the playoffs from the West, are three points up on Calgary. The Flames have one game at hand on Winnipeg.
"You can have brain damage worrying about all the different gyrations of who beats who and looking out of town," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. "I broke my TV a couple nights ago, so there's no more scoreboard watching."
The Flames are looking for their first playoff appearance since a first-round exit in six games at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009.