(1P) Calgary Flames vs (WC1) Dallas Stars
flame: 50-21-11111 points
stars: 46-30-6, 98 points
Season series: CGY 2-0-1; DAL 1-2-0
Game 1: Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN2, CBC, SN, BSSW)
The Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars will meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third time when they play in the first round of the Western Conference.
Dallas defeated Calgary in six games in the first round of a best of 7 games of 2019-20. The Minnesota Northstars won six games in 1981 in the NHL semi-finals, the Flames’ first season in Calgary after moving from Atlanta.
The Flames are back in the playoffs after failing to qualify last season. They have reached the second round once in the past seven seasons, when they were eliminated by the Anaheim Ducks in 2015. They won the Pacific Division in 2018-19 but lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round best of 7 out of five. games.
“A lot of us were here when it really hurt a few years ago, and we want to show we’re better than that,” the Calgary striker Michael Backlund She said. “A lot of guys have won it once or twice and they know what it looks like and want to win it again. I think in general, [we’re a] More experienced group, more experienced management as well. I feel like we have a really good opportunity here and we want to take advantage of it.”
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The Stars missed the playoffs last season after advancing to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. They got their first wild card in the West on Friday with a 4-2 win over the Ducks, as well as a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators against the Arizona Coyotes.
“We got the win and got 98 points,” Dallas coach Rick Bowness said. “that it [heck] General, let’s move on now.”
flame: straight ahead Johnny Goudro The NHL set its season highs in goals (40), assists (75) and points (115), to lead Calgary in every category. His total points are ranked second in Flames history behind Kent Nilsson, who scored 131 (49 goals and 82 assists) in 1980-81. Gaudreau, who is fifth in the NHL with 1.40 points per game, could become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
stars: straight ahead Joe Pavlesky He led Dallas with 81 points in the National Hockey League (27 goals, 54 assists). The 37-year-old continues to be one of the best retarders in the league and is alongside the attackers. Jason Robertson And Rob Hintzformed a major product line.
flame: Jacob Markstrom He carried the bulk of the load in the regular season and is expected to do the same in the playoffs. He’s gone 37-15-9 with 2.22 goals-to-average, 0.922 savings and nine league leaders in 63 games (all start). Dan Vladar He was strong in the backup role, going 13-6-2 with 2.75 GAA, .906 saves and two in 23 games (19 starts).
stars: Jake Oettinger He emerged as the #1 goalkeeper. The 23-year-old went 30-15-1 with 2.53 GAA, 0.914 savings and one closing in 48 games (46 starts). Scott Wedgwood He went 3-1-3 with 3.05 GAA, 0.913 savings and one closing in eight games (seven starts) after being acquired in a deal with Coyotes on March 20. Braden Holtby (10-10-1, 2.78 GAA, .913 savings in 24 games, including 22 starts) Not played since March 4 due to a lower body injury.
Numbers to know
flame: Calgary has allowed 2.51 goals per game this season, the best in the Western Conference and third in the NHL behind the Carolina Hurricanes (2.44) and the New York Rangers (2.49).
stars: Dallas has 28 single-goal wins, the most in the National Hockey League. The Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild came next. Each had 24.
flame: Matthew Tkachuk He enters the playoffs after the best regular season of his career; He finished second in The Flames with 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists). His previous NHL season high was 77 points (34 goals, 43 assists) in 2018-19. Tkachuk provided grit and production on the left flank along with Gaudreau and center Elias Lindholm To help shape one of the best lines in the league.
stars: Robertson, who reached the Calder Cup Final last season and was voted the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, seemed comfortable with Hintz and Pavelski. He finished second in the All-Stars with 79 points (41 goals, 38 assists) and led them with 13 goals in power play.
they said that
“I think we have a close group of guys, a lot of experienced guys, a lot of guys who have won, a mix of guys, and older guys, and we love being around each other every day and working hard, competing for the guy by your side. It’s going to be fun.” – Defender of the flame Christopher Tanev
“It’s the playoffs, everyone will be ready. We are professional athletes and that’s what we play for all season. It’s hard to get into the playoffs and it’s exciting to play in the playoffs and it’s the best thing you can play in hockey, () the Stanley Cup playoffs.” – stars forward Radek hatched
He will win if…
flame: Markstrom can be just as strong in the playoffs as he was in the regular season. Containing Pavelsky’s streak will be particularly key, but Calgary will also have to keep shot-on-shots in control. The Flames allowed 29.0 shots per game during the regular season, fifth in the NHL.
stars: They are more insulted by someone other than Pavlesky, Robertson, or Hintz. Those three were fantastic, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they continued to produce in the playoffs. But the other lines have to move forward to take the burden off the first group.
how do you look
Expected flame lineup
Johnny Goudreau, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk
Andrew Mangyapan – Michael Backlund – Tyler Toffoli
Dillon Dobby – Cali Jarnrock – Blake Coleman
Milan Lucic – Trevor Lewis – Brett Ritchie
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Anderson
Oliver Killington – Christopher Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Eric Gudbranson
scratched: Ryan CarpenterAnd Adam RosicaAnd Michael StoneAnd Conor Mackie
Predicted star lineup
Jason Robertson, Rob Hintz, Joe Pavlesky
Jimmy Ben – Tyler Seguin – Denis Guryanov
Joel Kiviranta – Radek hatched it – luke glending
Michael Ravel – Vladislav Namestnikov – Alexander Radulov
Ryan Sutter – Miro Heskanen
Issa Lindell – John Klingberg
Thomas Harley – Jani Hakanba
scratched: Jacob PetersonAnd Andrei SkiraAnd Marian Studenik
injured: Braden Holtby (Lower Body)