The Calgary Flames just won't stop doing it. They won't stop defying expectations and making everyone look foolish for ever doubting them. They weren't a contender for the McDavid lottery, they were a playoff bubble team. Then an actual playoff team. And then they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games, closing out the series at home in front of a fanatic and joyous C of Red.
That's at least another four games guaranteed for the Flames as they prepare to face their toughest test yet: the Anaheim Ducks, champions of not just the Pacific Division, but the Western Conference as well.
The Ducks swept the Winnipeg Jets in their own first round series. Hopefully the other Atlanta team can put up a much better fight, although they'll be in tough: the Ducks were the only divisional opponent the Flames had a losing record to.
Here's when you can look forward to even more hockey:
|1||Thurs., April 30||Honda Center, Anaheim||8 p.m. MT||NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports|
|2||Sun., May 3||Honda Center, Anaheim||8 p.m. MT||CNBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports|
|3||Tues., May 5||Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary||7:30 p.m. MT||Sportsnet, TVA Sports, USA|
|4||Fri., May 8||Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary||7:30 p.m. MT||Sportsnet, TVA Sports, NBCSN|
|5*||Sun., May 10||Honda Center, Anaheim||8 p.m. MT||Sportsnet, TVA Sports|
|6*||Tues., May 12||Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary||TBD||Sportsnet, TVA Sports|
|7*||Thurs., May 14||Honda Center, Anaheim||TBD||Sportsnet, TVA Sports|
Gone is the consistency from the first round, replaced by something far more sporadic both date and time-wise before it settles back into its groove. Against the Canucks, the Flames played steadily every other day, always at 8 p.m. MT with the exception of the Saturday night Game 6. This time, the first four games are oddly spread out until we fall back into regular times, spaced with just one day off apart.
Also, remember this series will be aired on Sportsnet, not CBC.
Be sure to plan your schedules accordingly - this is important stuff!