The playoff races are intensifying and many teams fight in very limited places. Below are the main players of the NHL team in the bubble of the Western playoffs.
The two NHL divisions of the Western Conference are very different. The Central Division has three different playoff teams (St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars), and the last four teams compete for wild places.
In the Pacific, nobody is safe.
In the Pacific, Vancouver Canucks is just 4 points from the Arizona Coyote. It is a difficult race and these teams require important players to make significant progress. Below are the key players of each western team in the playoff bubble.
Calgary Flames – Sean Monaghan
With Captain Mark Giordano disappeared every week due to hamstring injuries, the responsibility of becoming a great leader in the locker room rests on Sean Monaghan’s shoulders.
One of the oldest Flames players and as assistant captain, the team will look at you and guide you to the very intense and important final leg of the season.
Monaghan has one of the most unpleasant seasons of her career and, as a frontline center, has a negative impact on the production of the team.
Flames has become one of the worst teams of the year, one of the teams with the highest score in the NHL last season. If Calgary wants to stay in the race, they need their aggressive players to wake up, which starts with Monaghan.
His lines with Johnny Gordlow and Elias Lindholm are the keys to the fire, and if they could start producing again, the lives of Kam Talbot and David Litchich would be much easier.
What made Flames very dangerous was the depth of the aggressive assassins, and this year was Lindholm, the only player to finish 20 goals, and they were all silent (22). If they can’t get him back on track, it will be a difficult year for Calgary.