What an absolutely dominant series for the Flames. You could tell every single player really bought in, and every line played well. People will point to the Scheifele and Laine injuries, sure, but that's part of playoffs. Jets had lots of other guys who could step up, and they didn't/couldn't. Wheeler, Connor, Eakin, and Ehlers combined for a grand total of 4 points in this series. Eakin registered one shot across four games.
Flames outworked, outplayed, out defended, out goalied, and out coached the Jets, and they did so masterfully. They were phenomenal in all three wins, and even played pretty well in the loss. As long as they can continue this balanced offense, suffocating defense, hard physicality, and great goaltending, this could be a team that goes far. I don't want to get too hyped yet as there's still 16 wins to go, but they absolutely shredded this series.
Unfortunately, odds are we will be fighting one of St Louis, Colorado, or Vegas in the first round. We could fight Dallas, which I think would be much easier, but only if all of VAN, EDM, and NSH lose their series. So far EDM and NSH are down 1-2 each, but VAN is up 2-1 so we've gotta hope MIN can claw it back.
Of those matchups, which do you think the Flames have the best chance against?
I think St Louis would have been better, but Dallas is probably better than Colorado or Vegas. I hope the Flames aren't looking at Dallas' round robin record thinking they're in a slump and getting over-confident.I think the Flames stack up well against Dallas, they need to keep their foot on the gas and not take penalties though!
There have been times this series when the Flames looked as good as the Stars, but never better than the Stars or times when they were dominant, but Dallas has looked better at least 60% of the time, and about 30% of the Stars have looked totally dominant. It's possible the Flames might eek one out and tie the series, but they aren't winning the series, and if they somehow managed to do that, they aren't getting any further.Well, Dallas is poised to knock the Flames out tonight, so perhaps I was wrong! lol. Flames still outskated and outplayed, relying on a stellar goaltending performance again, reminding me of the Avalanche series last year. If the Flames are out tonight, it might be time to look at trading Johnny for someone with a pair of balls lol.