The Canucks first round playoff matchup is set as they will play the Calgary Flames when the playoffs get started next week.
The Flames eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Kings with a 3-1 win on home ice Thursday evening, guaranteeing a playoff matchup against Vancouver. Both teams are undoubtedly relieved to face each other, rather than have to play the playoff warrior Kings.
But be careful what you wish for.
The Flames and Canucks split the 4 games played between them this season:
- Oct 8, 2014: Vancouver 4, Calgary 2
- Dec 20, 2014: Calgary 2, Vancouver 3 (OT)
- Jan 10, 2015: Calgary 1, Vancouver 0
- Feb 14, 2015: Vancouver 2, Calgary 3
This will mark the seventh time in NHL history that the Flames and Canucks have met in a playoff series. The last three series played between these two franchises have been decided in overtime of game 7.