The Flames excelled this season, clinching the best record in the Western Conference for the first time since 1990. With a balanced scoring attack led by superstar Johnny Gaudreau, and a Norris-caliber season from defenseman Mark Giordano, the Flames will look to put it all together and win their first playoff series since 2015, make the Cup Finals for the first time since 2004, and eventually bring the Cup back to Calgary for the first time since 1989.
Meanwhile, the Avalanche have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since the lockout in 2005. After a historically bad season in 2017, they recovered to make the playoffs as a wild card last year and put up a valiant effort against the President’s Trophy winning Predators before bowing out in six games. Now, they look to exercise some playoff demons of their own, looking to win their first series since 2008, and first Cup since 2001.
In the first meeting between these western adversaries, will the Flames continue their excellent regular season and make a deep playoff run? Or, will it be the Avalanche upending the Flames and making noise of their own?
As we get closer and closer to April, the race to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is really starting to heat up, especially in the Western Conference. With many teams in the conference having struggled at certain points during the year, the cut-off line to make the playoffs is much lower than it has normally been. As a result, every team (even the now-last place Ducks) still has a realistic chance to make the playoffs. Let’s take a quick look at the playoff picture as it stands now. Continue Reading!
The first half of the NHL season has been interesting to say the least, chock full of surprises, drama, and suspense around every turn. Now that we’ve got past the all star break and every team is starting to get back into action, it’s time to reflect on the state of each team headed into the home stretch of the season. Continue Reading!