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PLAYOFF PRIMER - 01.04.19

As the top seed in the West, the Flames will play the second wild-card team in the opening round

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

49-23-7 - 105 POINTS; 1ST IN THE PACIFIC (CLINCHED)

Remaining Games: 3 (1 at home, 2 on the road)

Next Up: at LA Kings, TONIGHT (8 p.m. MT; Sportsnet West; Sportsnet 960 THE FAN)

 

THE LATEST:

It's over.

Finished.

With an emotional 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks last night, the Flames are the 2019 Pacific Division champions and will enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

The Flames - who have guaranteed home ice for at least the first three rounds - now know they'll play the second wild-card team in the opening set, beginning Apr. 10 or 11 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

But who that is remains to be seen.

 

IF THE PLAYOFFS STARTED TODAY:

The Flames (P1) would play the Colorado Avalanche (WC2) in the first round.

>> RELATED: PLAYOFF FORMAT

 

WC2 RACE:

Avalanche - 85 points
Arizona Coyotes - 84
Minnesota Wild - 81
Chicago Blackhawks - 79
Vancouver Canucks - 78
Edmonton Oilers - 77

 

WHO TO WATCH TONIGHT:

Colorado at St. Louis - 6:00 p.m. MT

The Avs are the hottest team in the West with a 7-2-1 record in their last 10, and could fortify their grip on the second wild-card spot with a victory. It won't be easy, though, as the Blues are only two points back of the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets as the Central Division race goes down to the wire.

Winnipeg at Chicago - 6:30 p.m. MT

The Blackhawks need a win as they begin the final homestand of the regular season. The Jets, meanwhile, are on a three-game slide and see both the Preds and Blues fast approaching in the rearview mirror.

Edmonton at Vegas - 8 p.m. MT

The Oilers need to win their final four games in either regulation or overtime, and hope that everyone around them suffers a catastrophic collapse. The tragic number (points gained by the Oilers or lost by the Avalanche) is down to only one.

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