Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames officially eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoffs contention

It’s done.

It’s finally over.

With tonight’s 3–2 shootout loss against the Nashville Predators, the Calgary Flames’ tragic 2022–23 NHL season has officially been declared dead.

After entering the season with so much promise, such high hopes, and a fresh roster, the Flames simply were never able to live up to those lofty expectations. Despite putting together quite the last few weeks to at least make things interesting, their poor play over long stretches this season was too much to overcome.

Make no mistake, had the Winnipeg Jets not cratered to start 2023, the Flames wouldn’t have even sniffed a playoff spot. 

After winning the Pacific Division last season and bowing out in the second round, the Flames face yet another summer of disappointment. Since the miraculous run of 2014–15, the Flames haven’t been able to string together consecutive successful seasons: 

2022–23Missed Playoffs
2021–22Lost in Second Round
2020–21Missed Playoffs
2019–20Lost in First Round
2018–19Lost in First Round
2017–18Missed Playoffs
2016–17Lost in First Round
2015–16Missed Playoffs
2014–15Lost in Second Round

The Flames just cannot string together two good seasons in a row. An asterisk should also be thrown on the 2019–20 season since there was no guarantee the team was making the playoffs if it wasn’t for their five game “pre-playoff” series win in the bubble. 

Sure it’s hard to be consistently good in the NHL, but you’d have to go back to the 1991 season when the Flames had back-to-back seasons that went past the first round. That was just a lifetime ago. Trust me—I wasn’t born yet.

The Flames now face yet another offseason filled with countless questions. A trend that Flames fans surely are not looking forward to.

Change is coming, but for now don’t smile because it’s over, cry because it happened.

Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire

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