Calgary Flames fans are certainly being tested as of late with a number of close calls and near-misses from their beloved hockey club. The Flames have seen their playoff hopes fade only to rise again, so Wednesday night’s victory against the Phoenix Coyotes isn’t all that surprising.
But the win does put the Flames into the playoff picture again, as the team was facing elimination going into the contest.
With the win, Calgary pulls within two points of the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs did the Flames a favour by dropping one against the Ducks on Wednesday night, but the Flames will need to do their part by putting together a win when they face Colorado in a huge game on Friday night.
“It’s going to be the biggest game of the year,” said Flames forward Rene Bourque. “They’ve been struggling so they’re definitely going to be ready for us, but we’ve played well there this year. This is the time of the year everyone wants to play hockey and this is when the best players have to be your best players.”
Even with the recent rash of victories, Calgary is a team in trouble. Many think that there should be a change in general philosophy with the Flames and are pointing to a lack of key players and genuine stars, while others believe the team is just a few quick steps away from turning it around. Still others, like THN’s Brian Costello, believe it’s time for the Flames to end the Sutter era.
Playing the blame game is easy at this point and time, but there’s an awful lot at stake here for the Flames and it could amount to more than a playoff berth being on the line. The remaining games are crucial, that’s for sure, and a loss to Colorado could mean much more than just a missed post-season opportunity.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.