The Flames are in their must-win mode. They started today one point out of 9th but with fewer games to play than anybody around them, and they're entering the dreaded California road trip. M&G breaks it down:
Here is your point program for the six possible points in the California road trip.
0-1pts – The Flames are out – crack the beers and drown the sorrows.
2pts – The Flames remain on the edge but will need 2 of the 5 teams in the hunt to stumble.
3pts – The Flames are treading water - barring three point games from the competition it looks the same as it does now.
4pts – The Flames are entering happy territory.
5-6pts – The Flames are in.
I'll be around tonight -- go drama!
Prediction: Ducks 4, Flames 2. Goals by B-Ry x2, Jar Jar, and Fowler. Ducks get solid goaltending from _a_ E____.