Justin Cuthbert and Mike Stephens discuss the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, and Montreal Canadiens' chances in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Calgary Flames (36-27-7, fourth in the Pacific Division during the regular season) vs. Dallas Stars (37-24-8, third in the Central Division during the regular season)Edmonton, Alberta; Thursday, 10:30 p.m. EDTWESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Calgary leads series 1-0BOTTOM LINE: The Calgary Flames take on the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference first round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams meet Thursday for the fifth time this season. The Flames won the previous matchup 3-2. Dillon Dube scored a team-high two goals for the Flames in the victory.The Stars are 22-12-6 against Western Conference opponents. Dallas has allowed 44 power-play goals, killing 79.7% of opponent chances.The Flames are 13-10-1 against opponents from the Pacific Division. Calgary has given up 35 power-play goals, killing 82.1% of opponent chances.TOP PERFORMERS: Denis Gurianov leads the Stars with 20 goals and has 29 points. John Klingberg has two goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Dallas.Derek Ryan leads the Flames with a plus-nine in 68 games this season. Dube has four goals and one assist over the last 10 games for Calgary.DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Stars: Averaging 1.5 goals, 2.8 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with an .893 save percentage.Flames: Averaging 3.8 goals, 6.0 assists, 4.6 penalties and 11.0 penalty minutes while giving up 1.6 goals per game with a .941 save percentage.INJURIES: Stars: Tyler Seguin: day to day (undisclosed), Ben Bishop: day to day (undisclosed).Flames: None listed.___The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.The Associated Press
After a season of splitting goaltending duties to keep them rested for the playoffs, Bruce Cassidy knew several months off had cut into that well-planned advantage for the Boston Bruins. With the back-to-back in his first-round series against Carolina set for Games 5 and 6 more than a week away, Cassidy figured his staff could ''cross that bridge when we come to it'' on how to handle the workload. Then, the five-overtime marathon between Tampa Bay and Columbus on Tuesday pushed Game 1 of Carolina-Boston back to Wednesday and created another back-to-back dilemma.