Flames look to keep pace

January 07, 2015 16:42:05 UK

The Flames look to progress up the Atlantic Division standings.

The Calgary Flames continue to chase the Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Fifth in the Division and one position out of the playoff places, behind the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings and the Winnipeg Jets, the Flames have a better goal difference than the Ducks and second only in the Division to the Canucks. That suggests that even with Anaheim’s nine point lead over Vancouver and San Jose in the Division that the Pacific is still likely to come down to a battle at the end of the season.

Losers at home to the New York Islanders on Friday, the Flames conclude their home stand with the Florida Panthers on Friday before heading out on a road trip that takes in all of their rivals.

Meanwhile the Ducks are also in action when the New York Rangers come into town to play at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Rangers sit fourth in the Metropolitan Division, but with nine victories in their last 10 have closed the gap on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Islanders and Washington Capitals.

The Islanders hit the ice on Tuesday in Vancouver but came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 score line to the Canucks.

Ryan Stanton, Nick Bonino and Linden Vey all lit the lamp for the hosts to keep Vancouver tied with the Sharks in the Division standings after San Jose edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in overtime. Marc-Edouard Vlasic followed up his winner in the final seconds against the Jets on Monday with the overtime decider on Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Sharks are 18.00 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Flames can be backed at 29.00.

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