Calgary Flames Daily: Facing the San Jose Sharks, season’s over

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 16: Micheal Ferland
CALGARY, AB - MARCH 16: Micheal Ferland /

The Calgary Flames face the San Jose Sharks tonight for their final meeting of the season. The players also realize their season’s over.

Well, it wasn’t the season we were hoping for, but we have to come to terms with it. The Calgary Flames won’t be making the playoffs and the players are slowly facing the facts of that as well. While they’re not mathematically out yet, they’re basically out.

The Flames play the San Jose Sharks tonight for their final meeting of the season. The last time these two teams met, Evander Kane got his first career hat-trick in a four-goal night. What’s unfortunate for the team is that game may have been the pivotal game that sent their season down. They had just one a big game against the Edmonton Oilers where they beat them for the first time in eight games and they were feeling great.

Then, in the game against the Sharks, they were tied 3-3, but they allowed the Sharks to get three goals in a span of 6:20 in the second period to go up 6-3. Including that game, they’ve lost their last four in a row.

The fans know, the team knows, everyone knows that the Flames are out.

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Via Calgary Sun:

"“We’re just as frustrated as they are,” said Flames defenceman Michael Stone on the fans. “The way things are going is affecting us. It’s affecting everybody. This isn’t the position we saw ourselves in at the beginning of the season, but it’s the position we put ourselves in.”“You don’t want that, especially at home,” said Flames forward Sean Monahan. “We work hard and lay it on the line every night. Getting booed is not a good feeling.”“It’s tough to say something because they support us all of the time,” said the Flames goalie. “They know what’s going on here right now … it’s a bad feeling. It was Stajan’s 1000th game in the NHL. We wanted to win for us, for the standings and for him too. The emotions are not great right now.”"

It’s a tough time for the Calgary Flames and for the fans alike and we’ll probably be seeing some changes this off-season. Rumour has it that Brad Treliving wants to trade for a first-round pick at this year’s draft, but I’m not so sure if that’s a good idea. I’d prefer him to trade for a right-shooting right-winger over a draft pick.

Some links surrounding the Flames

Seven storylines to follow as Flames play out the string (Calgary Sun).

Game Day: Five things to know before the Flames visit the Sharks (Calgary Sun).

‘It’s been abysmal’: Flames fans weigh in on season without playoffs (Calgary Sun).

Some links surrounding hockey and the NHL

Whom Canadian NHL fans should be watching in the NCAA men’s tournament (Sportsnet).

4 things we learned in the NHL: Jets make history (Sportsnet).

With Stanley Cup Playoffs approaching, don’t sleep on these scorching hot NHL teams (Washington Post).

Carcillo joins NHL concussion lawsuit (TSN).

Next: Monahan and Versteeg out for rest of season

That’s all in today’s Flames Daily!