In case you read here first (and, why not?) before anywhere else, let me share some really good news:
After spotting the Calgary Flames a 1-0 lead early in the third period, the Edmonton Oilers came back in regulation time to defeat the Flames 2-1 late Saturday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Edmonton is now only 2 points out of the No. 8 playoff spot in the NHL Western Conference, but with only two games remaining (Tuesday night vs. Calgary at Rexall Place; Thursday night at Vancouver) the Grease might have just been too little, too late with their 'Believe!' late-season push.
The Flames task gets no easier, as they travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks this evening, who are still smarting from their getting whitewashed 4-0 at the hands of the Wild Friday night. This will be the first of two games in Van City for the Flames, as they start a season-ending four game road trip tonight (9:00 PM CDT; NHL Network-US, Rogers SportsNet Pacific-HD, Rogers SportsNet West).
The Canucks, having played their last road game on Friday night in St. Paul, begin a season-ending four game homestand at GM Place tonight, followed by Colorado on Tuesday night, the Oilers on Thursday and Calgary (again) on Saturday night.
Not to forget, the Avs: the Colorado Avalanche have two away games (tonight at Minnesota, Tuesday at Vancouver) then wait until Sunday afternoon to host the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center.
The Minnesota Wild can clinch a playoff spot with either a win or OT/SO loss this afternoon when they play the Colorado Avalanche (5:00 PM CDT; FSN North, Altitude TV, XM Radio Ch. 209), and could be playing for the Northwest Division title on Thursday night, when the Flames come calling on 'Fan Appreciation Night' at the 'X' in St. Paul.