May 10 2015 09:00AM
Well, it's come down to this. Tonight is the first time this post-season - and the second time overall this season after the Kings game in April - that the Calgary Flames are entering a game with their survival on the line. Tonight, they can be eliminated from the playoffs by the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks are a good team. We've all seen that over the eight post-season games they've played so far this year. They've only lost once, to a Flames team that played balls to the wall and eked out a thrilling Game 3 victory at the 'Dome. In Anaheim, Calgary's seemed out-matched. Heck, for the majority of the series, the Flames have been out-matched.
The question is thus: how much do the Calgary Flames have left in the tank? Do they have what it takes to steal a game in Anaheim and force Game 6 back in Calgary? Or is tonight the last stand for this year's Flames?
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May 09 2015 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames lost last night, dropping a crucial 4-2 decision at home to the Anaheim Ducks.
The numbers can provide a bit of insight into what, exactly, went wrong.
May 09 2015 11:00AM
For whatever reason, Josh Jooris has not been used much this post-season. The 24-year-old rookie turned heads when he had a surprise training camp, and ended up establishing himself as a second line centre for quite some time while injuries decimated the rest of the Flames' pivots.
But towards the end of the season, his ice time dipped, and come the playoffs, he found himself on the fourth line.
Or at least he did until Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks, when he found himself in the pressbox: a place he should not have been.
May 09 2015 07:00AM
Mikko Rantanen is a quality two-way winger who played in a top pro league (SM-Liiga) at age 18. His output in the Finnish elite league (56GP, 9-19-28) suggests real offensive ability.
How good is Mikko Rantanen?
May 08 2015 10:49PM
In a crucial Game 4 for both sides, the Calgary Flames played a pretty strong first ten minutes and got a two-goal lead. However, the veteran Anaheim Ducks steadied themselves, and between some veteran poise from the Ducks and some errors by the team's youngsters led to a narrow 4-2 Ducks win.
The loss puts the Flames at a 3-1 disadvantage in the series, which continues with its fifth game on Sunday night in Anaheim. The Ducks can advance to the Western Conference Final with a win at home.