For the third season in a row, the Calgary Flames have failed to make the playoffs. For the third season in a row, the Flames made things interesting until the very end, but failed to get the job done.
Saturday night in Vancouver, Calgary native Andrew Ebbett scored at 3:58 of overtime to give the Canucks a 3-2 victory. For the Flames it was their sixteenth loss of the season in either overtime or a shootout, tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for most in the National Hockey League. That statistic alone is a major reason why the Flames are on the outside looking in.
How should Oiler fans feel though? Should they be ecstatic that their number one provincial rival is in the same position they’re in, or should they feel a bit subdued because it has been the Flames, not the Oilers that have been the more competitive hockey team night after night in the province of Alberta? I think they should be somewhere in between and also show some cautious optimism toward an Oiler bunch that is on the brink of turning things around.