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Three Things From Week 27

Jon Gillies makes his debut, 94 Points and it’s getting UGLY with Anaheim.

Calgary Flames v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

The Flames finished up the final week of the 2016-17 regular season by going 1-2 on the week with a win over LA, but falling to Anaheim and San Jose. Here’s the final 3 observations for the regular season in the Week 27 edition of 3 Things.

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Jon Gillies Arrives

There’s no doubt that this event was something Flames fans have been waiting to see. Jon Gillies has, at times, been tabbed as the Flames goaltender of the future and he didn’t disappoint in his NHL debut against the Kings on Thursday night. The 6-6 netminder was strong in his first NHL start, stopping 27 of the 28 shots that came his way. Gillies got the start due to Chad Johnson’s injury that occurred during the first period of the Flames 3-1 loss to Anaheim on April 4th. Gillies was called up on an emergency basis and looked the part in his NHL debut. He earned a quick trip back to Stockton, before being recalled to presumably be Brian Elliott’s backup during the playoffs.

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

94 Points

The Flames got 2 of a possible 6 points this week, upping their season total to 94. This is the second time in the last 4 years where Calgary has cracked the 90 point barrier. The last time the Flames hit 90 points was 2014-15 where they got exactly 90 points en route to the playoffs. Considering how the season started for the Flames, 94 points should be considered a major accomplishment.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Here Come The Ducks

This isn’t going to be pretty. The Flames reward for making the NHL playoffs is a date with their arch nemesis, the Anaheim Ducks. The Flames took 1 of the 5 meetings they had against the Ducks this season and they continued their nightmarish streak at Honda Center by dropping both meetings they had there this season. This week both teams squared off in a game that started out with great back and forth action and quickly dissolved into a penalty filled goon fest. If the April 4th loss to Anaheim is any indicator of how the series will go it is going to be quick and very ugly.