Editorials

Chicago Blackhawks’ Biggest Playoff Threats In Western Conference

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the Stanley Cup on display outside Bridgestone Arena as a part of the NHL Centennial Truck Tour prior to the Nashville Predators game against the Florida Panthers.. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 5, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (1) celebrate win with teammates against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (1) celebrate win with teammates against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 6: Calgary Flames

The Flames are an interesting team because of their recent success combined with a really good core group of players. The Flames have won seven straight games, just like the Blackhawks, and are entering the last month of the season red hot.

They just acquired forward Curtis Lazar from Ottawa and defenseman Michael Stone from Arizona, which will make their team even more deep. The Flames started the season slow but have turned it on after getting some key players back in the lineup, like Johnny Gaudreau.

It’s going to be really tough for the Flames to advance considering their first-round opponent would most likely be the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are battle-tested and are coming off a Stanley Cup run in which they left a lot on the table.

The Flames have plenty of potential, but I don’t see them making it out of the Pacific just yet.

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