The season is not done, but with seven games left and six points back of the Avalanche, it is not looking likely the Flames will be among the top eight teams in the West.
Detroit, Los Angeles, and Nashville could all be caught, but the chances Calgary will catch any of those teams is slim to none (I had to edit this paragraph, as today the surging Wings hopped all the way up to sixth, eight points ahead of the Flames).
Experts, preseason predictions and fans of the game didn't have the Flames first in the League or anything, but most did have them in the postseason (most placed the Flames around the No. 5 spot).
So why are the Flames in the battle of their lives to squeak into that No. 8 spot?
Short term, the loss to the Islanders on the 25th could be seen as the dagger that ultimately killed Calgary's playoff chances. The 5-0 thrashing from the Bruins on the 27th didn't help either
But here are my five reasons, over the course of the whole season, the Calgary Flames may not be battling for the Stanley Cup in less than a month.