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The Flames will play Edmonton or Anaheim in the first round

After 82 games of battling, the Calgary Flames will sit idly by on Sunday and watch other teams determine who they will face in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. There are two potential first round opponents for the Flames – the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers – and a pair of Sunday night games will determine who they face.

The Flames finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 45-33-4 record and 94 points. They’re fourth in the Pacific Division and will finish the year in the first wildcard playoff spot in the Western Conference. They will play the Pacific Division winner, whoever that may be.

At 6:30 p.m. MT (on Sportsnet One), Anaheim will play the Los Angeles Kings. At 7 p.m. MT (on Sportsnet West), Edmonton will play the Vancouver Canucks. Anaheim begins the day two points up on Edmonton for first place.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • If Anaheim gets a point of any kind, they’ll finish first and play Calgary regardless of what happens in Edmonton’s game.
  • If Anaheim loses in regulation, Edmonton needs a win (of any kind) to take the division on tiebreakers and face Calgary in the first round.

If you desperately want a Battle of Alberta in the first round, cheer for Los Angeles to win in regulation and Edmonton to win.

  • Alberta Ice

    Just chatted with one of my fellow Flames fan. He and I both agree that we would much prefer the Battle of Alberta happen in the 2nd round of the playoffs with both teams playing at an elite level. And then the winner go on to do something no one gives them a chance to do- win Lord Stanley’s mug.

    • That is an excellent point. The problem is that there is a good chance that one or both teams will not be in the 2nd round. But you are right, meeting in the 2nd round would be ideal. Can you imagine how intense that series would be?

  • RKD

    The Flames will put up a much bigger fight against the Ducks compared to 2 years ago. Last time we didn’t have Gio. Backlund is playing out of his mind. Our goaltending is much better, more balanced scoring, a top 4 d with Stone, Tkachuk and we are healthy going in.

    • FuNky ANGER

      I hope your right cause we just lost two back to back games to them which isn’t a big confidence boost for a potential series. I’d rather face Edmonton, but god help me if the Flames lose that series cause I would not be able to handle all the Oilers fans in my life. They would think winning one series means they will win the cup. I might actually punch my Father in law or brother in law in the face. I get that Oilers fans are really passionste but they really are the worst kind of fans when it comes to kicking a man when he is down (from my experience). And no i dont do that to them when the roles are reversed.

      • Oilerchild77

        First off, I call BS on you not doing the same if the Flames win. Second, Oilers fans aren’t any worse than Flames fans when it comes to gloating. You bunch are every bit as bad. Child, please. Stop the denial.

        • FuNky ANGER

          Well you dont know me at all so call BS all you want. I know better than to kick someone when their team just lost. Its called being respectful. Yeah I’m super pumped when my team wins. But I know better than to gloat in front of fans of the opposing team. I’m sure there are ignorant annoying flames fans, I’m just relaying my personal experience. And that experience annoys the F@#$ out of me

  • Baalzamon

    Calgary’s problem right now is that Elliott is going cold at exactly the worst possible time. Hopefully he turns it around, because it he doesn’t it’ll be a short series no matter who Calgary faces.

  • BendingCorners

    Go Flames. I really wish they were facing San Jose in the first round. The season series between two teams is often a good indicator of playoff outcomes, and the Flames did not do well at all against either Anaheim or Edmonton this year. The Flames have some good players and at their best can beat almost any team, but there are too many holes in the bottom half of the lineup and the goaltending seems to be cycling downward again. I will cross my fingers and cheer for them, but they need to continue the roster cleanup in the off-season and limit GG’s ability to rely on over-the-hill veterans.
    (Note: I cheer for both Edmonton and Calgary so if they meet in a BOA I will be simultaneously thrilled and dejected by the outcome. Fortunately I have medication to help my personalities integrate successfully). Go Alberta!

  • The Sultan

    I’m torn on who I want to win. Anaheim just tied it up at 3. I almost don’t want to play the Oilers because I can’t stand the incessant trolling, nor would I be able to live with myself as Flames fan. Remember Fowler is out for a few weeks and Eaves just had a scare, think he returned though.

    • Connor'sGotHart

      Looks like no BOA this year.they just said on sportsnet that it wouldn’t happen till the third round. I can’t see Calgary beating Anaheim but good luck