Looking to the future for Calgary's flames

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  • Greg Wyshynski

  • Chris Peters


    ESPN Staff Writer
      Chris Peters is the prospect and NHL badyst for ESPN. The Chicago native previously covered the NHL for CBSSports.com and founded the popular independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com, where he covered the game at all levels since 2010.

As each NHL team is eliminated from the playoff contest, either mathematically or losing in the postseason, we will badyze why their pursuit of the Stanley Cup fell short in 2018-19, along with three keys to their season. low. the outlook for the impact for 2019-20 and an anticipated prediction of what will be next season.

What went wrong

One of the highest octane offenses in the NHL this season saw its caliber "empty" at the end of the season. The Calgary Flames were tied for second in the NHL in goals per game at 3.52 with the San Jose Sharks. But they started bluffing on the home stretch, with four of the seven games in which they scored one goal or less and then four games in a row in the Stanley Cup knockout, where they scored two or fewer goals against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Johnny Gaudreau, who had 36 goals and 63 badists in the regular season, had only one badist in five games. Sean Monahan, who had 34 goals and 48 badists, had one goal and one badist in five games. The Flames were sixth in the NHL on even strength goals in 188. In five games against Colorado, they won only four of them.

Part of this can be attributed to Avs goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer who plays outside his pumpkin for about three weeks to end the season, a trend that continued in this series. But the fact is that a team of Flames who achieved the best record in the Western Conference by the strength of their offense, left the postseason very meekly.

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