Playoffs… yeah baby!
The Calgary Flames will compete for the Stanley Cup. The defending Stanley Cup champions won’t.
Calgary will once again face the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs, restoring a rivalry that has gradually faded since 2004. Although it’s unfortunate two Canadian teams will face off against each other, how great is it to have meaningful hockey against the Canuckleheads again?
Juri Hudler scored his 30th and 31st of the season, Johnny Gaudreau scored his 24th, Monahan finishes with 31… how great has that line been? Only 15 players in the NHL hit 30 goals this year, and the Flames have two of them on the same line.
The Flames qualified for the playoffs and in the process, ensured there would be no repeat champion, eliminating the Los Angeles Kings from postseason contention with a 3-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. The victory ensures Calgary (45-29-7), which finished 26th overall a year ago, a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Flames are third in the Pacific Division and will face the second-place Vancouver Canucks, who lead them by two points. Each team has one game remaining.