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Monahan says Flames will ‘push’ for playoffs: ‘We think we can do it’

Feb 25, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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Call it youthful enthusiasm, or straight naivete — whatever the case, Flames rookie Sean Monahan is talking playoffs.

“We’re going to push for a spot to get in the playoffs and we think we can do it,” Monahan told the Calgary Sun. “We’re going to push every game and see what we can do.”

The Flames sit second from last in the Western Conference at the time of writing, 13 points shy of Dallas for the last wild card playoff spot. According to Sports Club Stats, Calgary has a zero percent chance of making the postseason.

So yes, Monahan’s view of his team’s chances seems ambitious.

But it’s easy to see the big picture here. Head coach Bob Hartley was hired to teach his young team, and he sees a learning opportunity on the horizon. If he can get his players to buy into the theory they still have a chance at the postseason — and treat pending matchups against teams jockeying for postseason position like playoff games — the Flames stand to gain something from these final 24 games. More than they would by simply playing out the string, anyway.

“We told the players that we’re entering playoff mentality,” he explained. “You’ll see it in practices where our entire environment will be around playoffs. Just like we’re going to approach every game like a playoff game.”

  1. ron05342 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    If it walks like a duck, then its a duck.

    Given Calgary’s performance the first 3/4 of the season, I would go out on a limb and say they aren’t suddenly going to be able to “flip the switch” and get in the playoffs.

    Not happening.

  2. lowenni - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Not gonna happen, but it’s at least nice to see the enthusiasm and hope Calgary and its rookies have for the future of the organization. Two years from now I wouldn’t be surprised to see them play a Columbus-esque system that relies on depth scoring and hard work.

  3. logicalcomment - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    “According to Sports Club Stats, Calgary has a zero percent chance of making the postseason.”


    • imleftcoast - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      Vancouver 24% chance. The three teams they are chasing have a 60% and better chance. Gillis should be sitting pat until the draft, but he’s probably hoping to save his job.

  4. sjsharks66 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    I found the problem. They are waiting to “push every game” when they are on the outside looking in. Shouldn’t teams push every single game, as to avoid this very situation??

  5. storminator16 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Canadian math fail.

  6. bucrightoff - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    I couldn’t believe this when I read it, but the Flames have never, ever, picked in the top 5 of the draft. They really need to once or twice in the future to get some more top end talent for that roster. Fighting hard to finish 9th or 10th is admirable, but it keeps you stuck in mediocrity.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Mediocrity perfectly describes the Flames since 1988-89! Not only have they never picked in the top 5 but I believe last year was the first time in Calgary franchise history that they had more than 1 first round pick in a year. Picking in the top 5 (which they should this year) will help (come on Ekblad!) but getting 3 players like Monahan, Poirier and Klimchuk certainly helped to speed things up.

      I can’t ever think of a time where I’ve had more than 1 or 2 Flames prospects to be genuinely excited about, but the franchise is really starting to stockpile them, there is hope for the future!

  7. jernster21 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    That’s cute.

  8. flyerspsu - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    awe, so young and naive

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    What is he supposed to say “we have no chance and we’re just going to go through the motions”? As a Flames fan and someone who lives in Calgary I can tell you with authority that fans know there’s no chance at the playoffs, we’ve known that for quite awhile, what we are looking for is to see this team continue to work hard every night (the Flames have played 34 1 goal games so far) and to see some of the younger guys (Granlund, Ortio, Knight etc.) get some games here and there to see how they look at the NHL level, they’ve already looked good in the AHL.

    Btw, I’ll also say that many think Monahan will be the captain of the Flames after Giordano’s days are done (hopefully several years from now) hearing quotes like this only furthers my belief in that.

  10. malinpaul - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    the math on this is that they would have to win about 85% of their remaining games, sooooo NOPE

  11. pfhockey - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    it would’ve been better if they played like that every game.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Out of 58 games played 34 of them have been decided by 1 goal, add that to the games where they’ve won by more and you’re looking at a team that has been competitive for most of the year (outside of a 3 week stretch in late December/early January) so they have been playing like that every game, they just don’t have the talent right now to win the games needed.

  12. wishingtonredslur - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    24 games equals 48 points. Canadian math win. Also 2014 = Gold.

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