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NHL First Round Playoff Preview: Flames vs. Avalanche

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?

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