Scouting the Playoff Race: Calgary Flames

It's weird that trade deadline sellers like the Calgary Flames have a shot at the playoffs, yet here we are. But are they a threat to the Vegas Golden Knights?

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2. The Case Against the Calgary Flames

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Simply put, the deck's stacked against the Calgary Flames. You must pass the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, and the Vegas Golden Knights. Being down by eight points for the final playoff spot heading into Thursday would fold a regular team.

Plus, the Flames don't have the depth. A team can rely on their goaltender so much before breaking down. The power play? It's weak. The offense? Flaccid. That's where Calgary stands now, for it might be too late for them.