2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks

Cam Lewis
April 26 2015 08:30AM

The first matchup of the second round is set, as the Calgary Flames came back from a 3-0 deficit in game six to take down the Vancouver Canucks, earning them a series in the Pacific Division Final with the Anaheim Ducks, who just finished sweeping the Winnipeg Jets earlier this week. This seems like a mismatch on paper, but knowing the Flames, pretty much anything is possible. Despite being outplayed in pretty much every single underlying measure in the first round, the Flames continued to do what they did all season and find a way to win when pretty much everyone expected them to lose. The Ducks ripped apart the Jets in what looked like a much closer series than it actually was. The Jets barely trailed for the entire series, but the Ducks controlled play at even strength and in the third period, earning them a pretty east sweep.

While it is pretty easy to say that the Ducks are heavy favorites heading into this series, the Flames have managed to find a way to defy odds and statistics all season, including the first round. When will they hit a wall? Can they keep this up against the Ducks? Let’s take a look. 

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2015 Playoff Mid-Series Look-In: Western Conference

Cam Lewis
April 21 2015 10:00AM

The teams in the Western Conference have each played three games, and unfortunately for Winnipeg, only one team looks like they have their first round victory in the bag. The Ducks own a commanding 3-0 series lead after spoiling Winnipeg's homecoming, while the Flames, Hawks, and Wild head into their fourth games with 2-1 leads. 

Who's going to move on? Let's take a look. 

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2015 Playoff Mid-Series Look-In: Eastern Conference

Cam Lewis
April 21 2015 08:00AM

The Eastern Conference teams, aside from the Lightning and Red Wings, have made it through three games, and pretty much everything is going as expected. Despite being tied 1-1, the Lightning have dominated the Wings, the Habs hold a commanding 3-0 lead over the Senators who have been playing playoff hockey for two months now, and the Rangers and Islanders are doing their best to make sure we see a Battle of New York this year.

Let's take a look.

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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Round One Preview

Cam Lewis
April 16 2015 12:46PM

This series really looks like David vs. Goliath at a glance. The Lightning, who are one of the strongest offensive teams in the league, will face a team who faded down the stretch, just limping into the playoffs. The Atlantic Division rivals have become accustomed to one another over the season, but have never met in the playoffs, as Detroit was just recently relocated to the Eastern Conference.

The Red Wings know all about the playoffs. In fact, they haven’t actually missed the playoffs since the 1985-86 season, meaning they’ve made it to the big show in every single season that their opponents, the Lightning, have even existed as an NHL franchise. 

The Lightning have looked poised to break out and establish themselves as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, and perhaps the cream of the Eastern Conference, but while somewhat inconsistent this season, Detroit still boasts a strong and experienced group capable of doing damage in the playoffs. 

Let’s take a look.

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2015 Stanley Cup playoffs: Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Round 1 Preview

Cam Lewis
April 13 2015 04:35PM

The Central Division is stacked. All seven of the teams in the division finished the season with at least 90 points and three teams, St. Louis, Chicago, and Nashville, finished in the top seven in the league’s standings. As a result, the matchup between the second and third placed teams in the division looks a lot more like a Western Conference Final than a first round series. 

Despite being two of the better team in the NHL, both the Predators and Hawks limped into the playoffs on a pretty ugly losing streak. The Predators haven’t earned a win in six games, dating back to March 28, while the Hawks lost their final four games of the season in regulation. Basically, this series will come down to which team can figure it out and get back to playing how they did for the majority of the regular season. 

Who wins between the Central Division foes? Let’s take a look. 

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