The Calgary Flames have been declared out of playoff contention. This was announced after their 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.
Calgary has lost five in a row and hasn't won since January 13th against the San Jose Sharks. They're now last in the Western Conference with 79 points, while the first place Los Angeles Kings have 97 points. The Flames only have one game left this season - on April 10th at home against the New York Islanders - so it's unlikely they'll be able to catch up if Sacramento beats Arizona tonight (10:30 PM ET).
After losing 12 of their final 14 games, coach Glen Gulutzan was fired on March 31st. Assistant Mike Yeo will take over for the rest of the season.
This is not how anyone expected the season to play out for the Flames. After making the playoffs each year since 2013, they were considered one of the favorites to win the West this year. Instead, they're just hoping to avoid finishing last place.
In 2011, Calgary made its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, but were defeated by Boston in seven games.
The Flames were officially out of postseason contention. They had been eliminated from playoff contention on March 9 when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated them 4-3 in overtime at T-Mobile Arena. The Flames had only one game remaining on their schedule - Saturday's contest against the San Jose Sharks - and it was far from guaranteed they would win it.
Calgary has never made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They have never even reached the Conference Finals since entering the NHL as an expansion team in 1979. The last time the Flames qualified for the post-season was in 2000 when they lost in seven games to the New Jersey Devils in the first round.
After missing the post-season for two years running, general manager Brad Treliving said prior to the start of 2018-19 that this will be the Flames' most successful season ever. So far, they are living up to that statement with a 42-26-7 record. Their +17 goal differential is by far the best in the NHL. However, there is still room for improvement considering they have played more than 50 games.
The Sharks were officially eliminated from Stanley Cup playoff contention Monday after falling 5-4 in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center. It was their fifth loss in their last six games.
San Jose has now fallen below.500 (20-20-8) and is guaranteed to miss the post-season for the third year in a row. The team's overall record this season is 49-27-8 - its best mark since going 50-25-7 in 2002-03. But they still have more losses than wins so it isn't good news for general manager Doug Wilson or coach Peter DeBoer.
There are only four teams left in the Western Conference at this point and the Sharks don't appear ready to make a run at one of those spots. They're currently tied with the Anaheim Ducks for ninth place with 47 points. Calgary and Edmonton also have 47 points but the Flames have two games in hand on the Oilers.
It's been an up and down season for the Sharks but there's no doubt they've been better this year. They had won five straight games before getting swept by the Predators this past weekend. Before that, they had won three in a row including back-to-back victories over the Vancouver Canucks.
Montreal After a 3-1 loss to Montreal in Game 7, the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated from the NHL playoffs. The Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Maple Leafs had a chance to close out the series in Game 6 at home but could not do so as they lost 4-3. That set up Game 7 in Montreal.
After losing the first game in Montreal, the Maple Leafs came back to win Game 2 by a score of 5-4. They took a 1-0 lead into the third period but could not hold on as the Habs scored three times to take a 4-1 victory. Game 3 was also won by Montreal, who took a 3-1 series lead with that win.
Toronto tried to come back in Game 4 but fell short as Montreal defeated the Leafs 4-1. That set up a decisive fifth and final game in which both teams went scoreless for nearly two periods before Montreal's PK Subban put the Habs ahead 1-0 just over five minutes into the third. The goal stood up as the winner as Toronto ended its season without a single playoff victory.
With a Game 6 defeat to the Islanders, the Bruins were eliminated from the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This ended their season which began on October 7, 2019.
The Bruins finished with 103 points and placed fourth in the Atlantic Division. They will be going home after next year's playoffs for the first time since 2008 when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
There are no plans at this time to cancel any games scheduled for February 27 - March 1, 2020. The NHL has not announced any changes to its playoff schedule as a result of the pandemic. If changes are made, we'll be notified ahead of time.
The Flames are in their 47th season, and counting their time in Atlanta, they have won almost 1,600 regular season games, ranking 13th in NHL history. Calgary began its NHL career in the Patrick Division before transferring to the Smythe Division when the league restructured along geographic lines in 1981. The Flames have won more than 100 games five times, including the past four seasons.
Calgary has made the playoffs every year since 1979-80, when it finished with the most points in the NHL. The Flames' average of 26.4 wins over that span is the most of any non-Original Six team.
Calgary has never lost more than 2 games in a row early in a playoff series, winning 14 straight from 1997-98 to 2000-01. The longest losing streak the Flames have faced was seven games, which they did twice during the 2004-05 season. They bounced back both times to win the series.
Calgary has won three Presidents' Trophies as the best team in the NHL; in 1989-90, 1990-91 and 2001-02. The Flames have also been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on at least one occasion each season since the award was created in 1971-72 - Joe Mullen, Paul Henderson, Glen Metropolit and Jarome Iginla have all won the honor at least once.