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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:04 am 
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Good year from the Flames. Nice pickup of Stone to secure the backend. Backlund has been great this year.....Jonny has been dazzling.....Monahan a work horse. TJ seems to have found his game and Giordano has turned into a solid leader. Elliott discovered the pipes again. Even Dougie is maturing.

I love Sam Bennett's game. He and Tkachuk are like piss and vinegar. Tkachuk may need to take it down a notch or teams are going to start running him (which they are doing already).

Unfortunately I did not make it up to Calgary a few weeks back to see a game or Tea Party.

Alas.......all signs point to a 1st round matchup with a superior team, The Ducks. A recent home and home showed the Flames just how well rounded and seasoned the Ducks are. While the Flames are good....the ducks are better for now. I think the Flames could at least take it to 7 this time but they would need all hands on deck to beat the Ducks...and then it comes down to coaching Carlyle clearly has the edge on Gulutzan. Its a shame because I think they could go far but the Ducks are clearly a team that has the Flames number.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:02 pm 
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I think a ton of it has to do with Mikael Backlund's resurgence. Not sure what the hell happened last year but he has found his game again. You can't put a premium on good two-way forwards (TAKE NOTE AVALANCHE).


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