The Calgary Flames recently took a critical road trip through California, and while they did surrender two points to every BoC opponent, they still managed to extract two standings points themselves.
Two standings points is sort of like picking up a win, although in Calgary's situation that road trip (along with the relentless western conference out-of-town scoreboard) really left them in a tough predicament. Here's the graphical damage that it did to Calgary's playoff chances (currently sitting at 6.4%):
Source = Sports Club Stats (50/50 method).
So because of the two points, I'm not going to pull out the old State Rape gag today, but because of the damage to the Flames' playoff chances I still have to taunt a little bit. Here's the compromise:
The Ducks can truly piss away the Flame's playoff hopes with a victory today, and my guess is that it's going to be of the storybook variety. Anaheim has trailed in six of its past seven games, yet they have a sparkling 6-1-0 record over the stretch with every contest decided by a single goal. The dramatic heroics lately have really been off-the-charts.
Let's just hope the magic can continue.
Prediction: Algebraically: Ducks x, Flames x-1. Goals by a, b, d, and a late winner by f. I should be around for game comments tonight -- stop on by for the drama.