Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Flames have home ice advantage for the taking on Tuesday

The Vancouver Canucks had their chances over the weekend and let them slip away, Monday night the Calgary Flames took a big step towards clinching first place in the Northwest and holding some home ice advantage for a good portion of whatever length of the NHL playoffs they will participate in.

Tuesday they can seal the deal, the Flames will pull into Vancouver a much more relaxed team, having handily defeated the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night by a score of 4-1. They had stumbled through March, leaving a hole for the suddenly surging Canucks to push through on the way to the Northwest title.

But Vancouver went into their own spin out over the last few games, while the Flames suddenly have found a way back into the win column and just in the nick of time it would seem, that is if the division title and it's third place seeding is what a team wants.

Third place today would bring a match up with the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team which has been causing a bit of trouble down the stretch for a number of the NHL's better squads.

The Canucks on the other hand would have dropped to fifth should the season have ended tonight, providing for a match up with the Chicago Black Hawks, a team which they haven't had much in the way of trouble with of late.

An interesting scenario where the winners might envy the losers after Tuesday nights match up at GM Place.
Photo above from the Calgary Herald website

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