Welp, that’s it. To the surprise of nobody really, the Calgary Flames have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in the North Division. The Montreal Canadiens picked up a single point in their overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers which was all they needed to clinch their spot.
The Flames head into their final four games of the season with nothing really to play for outside of draft lottery positioning. The Flames currently sit 22nd in the NHL by points percentage which would give them the 11th best odds with the inclusion of Seattle. Even if the Flames lose all four to Vancouver, it appears the highest they can get now is the 6th best odds. They’ll need some luck regardless.
Instead all we can really hope for over these final four games is that we see some young guys get some reps and perhaps Matthew Phillips or Adam Ruzicka make their NHL debut. I would also like to see Louis Domingue get a few games as well since he’s been a good pro this year as the third stringer.
This terrible season is mercifully over, but now there will be a lot of questions to answer over the summer.