With just four games remaining in the regular season and with 74 points to their credit, the Abbotsford Heat will be in tough to earn their way in to compete for the Calder Cup.
With both the eighth-place Milwaukee Admirals and ninth-place Rockford IceHogs sitting with 79 points on the season, the Heat can earn a possible 82 points if they sweep their remaining sets against the Toronto Marlies and Oklahoma City Barons.
The Admirals have six games remaining on their schedule while the IceHogs have five.
Abbotsford would also need to leapfrog the Chicago Wolves, who have 77 points and seven games remaining on their docket.
With Calgary building towards next season as well, several Heat players have started their showcase in Calgary.
Roman Horak was summoned a week ago after the Flames dealt Blake Comeau to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline. Defenseman Brett Carson got the nod on April 4th, while Max Reinhart and Sven Baertschi saw recalls on the weekend.
Reinhart made his National Hockey League debut Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks - his hometown team while Baertschi will suit up Monday against the Colorado Avalanche in what will be his 11th game with the Flames this season.
IRVING BACK BETWEEN PIPES
After undergoing elective surgery on March 12th, Leland Irving is back tending to the crease.
The 24-year-old former first round pick backed up Daniel Taylor in Abbotsford's 3-2 shootout victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday.
Irving is 3-6-2 with a 3.00 goals against average and .895 save percentage with Abbotsford this season. He went 2-1-1 with a 3.33 goals against average and .883 save percentage in six games for the Flames earlier this year.
HARDOWA SIGNED TO ATO
The Heat inked Connor Hardowa to an Amateur Try-Out on Saturday.
Hardowa, who served as captain of the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, had two goals and 15 points in 39 games this season. The six-foot-one, 210-pound defenseman posted 43 points in 143 games over his four year career.
The Edmonton, AB product attended the Calgary Flames Development Camp last July.
He has yet to suit up in game action for the Heat.