The Calgary Flames’ playoff hopes are growing dimmer after setting an NHL record for their 22nd loss this season when outshooting their opponent by 10 or more shots. In a close game against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Flames faced yet another defeat with a final score of 3-2, despite dominating the shots on goal, 44 to 32.
Despite high expectations at the start of the season, the Flames’ NHL playoff chances are now in jeopardy as they currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference. With only nine games remaining, the team finds themselves two spots out of a playoff position and trailing the Jets by four points.
The Flames’ disappointing performance is especially surprising given their roster, which was considered one of the strongest coming into the season. Their inability to capitalize on scoring opportunities has led to a majority of their losses this season, as they outshoot teams more than anyone else in the league.
One positive note from the game against the Golden Knights was Nazem Kadri snapping his 16-game goalless drought. However, individual efforts like Kadri’s will not be enough for the Flames to secure a spot in the NHL playoffs. The team will need to dig deep and work together to overcome their current challenges.
To learn more about the Flames’ season struggles and their fight for a playoff spot, check out their recent games here and the current Western Conference standings here.
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