Not only do the Montreal Canadiens have a golden opportunity to greatly improve their playoff hopes, but a trio of games against the Calgary Flames provides them an opportunity to have that feeling of eliminating an opponent.
When the Canadiens (20-15-9, 49 points) face the Flames (19-23-3, 41 points) for the first of three consecutive games in Calgary on Friday, they sit fourth in the North Division, and with an eight-point edge over the Flames in the standings. The top four clubs in the division will earn a ticket into the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Since Calgary has 11 games remaining, all three clashes are essentially must-wins for the Flames. Should the Canadiens win the mini-series of games Friday, Saturday and Monday, the Flames will be all but eliminated.