Short answer: no.
They’re competing with five other teams for a playoff position (FIVE!!!), among which are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings. Their best player, Mark Giordano, was recently injured. If he doesn’t come back soon, the Flames have no hope in hell. And they’re not at a point where all they need to do is play well – they literally need five other teams to lose a game for every game they win. Not this year.
Long answer? A man can hope. No one thought the Flames would be vying for a playoff position in the beginning of March. We’re in the second year of a rebuild, and we might make the playoffs – that’s insanely good. We have who should be the Norris Champion in Giordano, a serious candidate for the Calder Trophy in Johnny Gaudreau, and a lot to look forward in the years to come. If this season is any indicator of what to expect in the future, Calgary is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the not-so-distant future. And for a team in a rebuild, that’s not bad at all.
I haven’t posted in a while on hockey, just because I feel like there hasn’t been anything of note to blog about. The Flames are playing incredibly as I mentioned, but the Avalanche aren’t – they’re going to miss the playoffs. I still love Iginla and want to see him hoist the Stanley Cup, but I’ll have to hope the Avs can sort out their problems in the offseason and become an impact team next year. So I’m pinning all my hopes on Calgary, desperate as they may be – but hey, crazier stuff has happened before, and if anything, the Flames have proved all the naysayers wrong by showing that not only are they capable of being a playoff team, they may very soon be playing at the same level of elite teams.
So cautious optimism will rule the day – I’m hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Regardless of what happens, I’m sure I speak for all of Calgary when I say I’m proud of what the team has accomplished this year, and eagerly look forward to the rest of this season and the next few seasons to come.