5 Reasons Why The Flames Will Win

Ryan Pike
April 15 2015 12:00PM

The Calgary Flames begin their Western Conference quarter-final series with the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The two teams a pretty evenly matched, and the Canucks are slight favourites at the odds-makers.

After 82 games of craziness, though, I think the Flames will win the series (in seven games).

Here are five reasons why I think it'll happen.

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FlamesNation Roundtable: Round 1 Predictions

Ryan Pike
April 15 2015 11:00AM

It is finally here - the Calgary Flames begin their playoff journey today.

But will that journey be long or short? Will they get past the hated Vancouver Canucks and their fail whale jerseys? We asked the best bunch of people we know, the FlamesNation crew.

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WWYDW: Sedin Ducks?

Taylor McKee
April 15 2015 10:00AM

It's here. Game Day folks. What Would You Do Wednesday Returns and we're talking about what to do with the Sedins.

Most enlightened Flames fans can appreciate what the Sedins have been able to accomplish over the course of their career. They are truly special players. However, I can safely say that I hate them. I hate their precision passing, their ease with the puck, but most of all, their penchant for dismantling the Flames.

So it goes without saying that if we are still going to be talking about lineup possibilities in 10 days time, the Flames are going to need to find a way of mitigating the Sedin factor. Let's talk about how after the jump!

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Report: Flames Sign Jon Gillies To ELC

Ryan Pike
April 15 2015 09:38AM

Ending the least contentious time in Calgary Flames history, the Flames have reportedly signed 2012 draft pick (and NCAA superstar) goalie Jon Gillies.

The entry-level deal is for three years, based on the CBA and Gillies' age, and will likely kick in next season. UPDATE: Gillies has reported to the big league club, so presumably his deal has already started to run.

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FGD Round 1, Game 1: Old Friends

Ryan Pike
April 15 2015 09:00AM

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our continuing coverage here at FlamesNation of the best time of the year, the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Both we and our fine colleagues at Canucks Army will be all over the next 14 days of ice hockey between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks, and we thank you in advance for checking it out.

To be blunt, this match-up is probably the best-case scenario for both sides.

Moreso than basically any other opponent, this is a winnable series for each team. Neither team has a cut-and-dry number-one goalie, but both have a strong top line and a bunch of young stars that are emerging and improving. Calgary is also gutted with injuries right now - including missing three regular defensemen - and will have to rely on their top line and their attacking defense for goals. The big question is whether they can maintain their break-neck style of play over a seven-game series against the same opponent.

The puck drops just after 8pm MT on CBC (with Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, with Scott Oake) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias, with our pal Pat Steinberg).

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