Tkachuk, Flames ready to turn up heat in Western Conference

and the are looking at what the Nashville Predators did last season as motivation for what they hope to accomplish this season. Nashville got into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second wild card from the Western Conference and advanced to the Cup Final.

Tkachuk, Flames ready to turn up heat in Western Conference

“We all saw what Nashville did last year, you just have to go on a run,” Tkachuk, 19, said Thursday at the annual Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge. “Hopefully we can go on a run this year. You can’t think about the playoffs already, but for us, we didn’t have the start we wanted to last year, so this year we just need a better start. We were a little bit streaky last year, but this year if we play more consistently, we should have a good team and do well.”

The Flames were 10-13-2 on Nov. 28 and were not in a playoff spot. They recovered to earn the first wild card but were swept by the in the Western Conference First Round.

Tkachuk, the No. 6 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was in Calgary’s opening night lineup as an 18-year-old. The forward had 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) in 76 games as a rookie, but the way the season ended left a bad taste in his mouth.

“You could take some positives and negatives from the season,” Tkachuk said. “I think we had a team where we could have gone a little bit deeper than we did, but unfortunately the playoffs weren’t exactly how we drew it up. Personally, from making the team and playing in the regular season and getting in the playoffs, you don’t really think about anything personally from the season, you just want to be on a winning team, so hopefully I can be a part of that this year.”

Despite the disappointment of being swept, Tkachuk felt there were valuable lessons to be learned from the experience.

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“I can relate to the playoffs now,” he said. “You’re playing teams that are so good, and in the playoffs, anything can happen. We obviously didn’t win a game, but I felt like we were in all the games and could have won at least a couple.

“You have to be able to bounce back, and I don’t know if we bounced back as well as we could have in the nhl cheap jerseys playoffs. You expect there to be some extra jump in the playoffs, but you don’t realize how every shift, every time single time you touch the puck, there is somebody on you, everybody is backchecking hard. It’s crazy how much more intense the playoffs are.”

Poile, who’s been an assistant GM with the , wastes no time making changes; he acquires future Hall of Fame defenseman Rod Langway in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 10. With Langway winning the Norris Trophy in each of his first two seasons in Washington, Poile assembles a team that makes the playoffs in 1983 and every season through 1996. The Capitals miss the playoffs in 1997 and Poile is fired, though the team he put together rebounds one year later to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in Capitals nike jerseys from china history. The Capitals go 594-454-132 during Poile’s 15 seasons and win their first division title (in 1988-89).

Poile isn’t out of work for long after being let go by the Capitals; he’s quickly hired as GM by the expansion Nashville Predators.

Valimaki feels privileged to wear the C for the third time in his career. He has previously captained Finland’s U16 and U18 teams.

“It means a lot,” Valimaki told Kimelman. “It’s a huge honour for my NHL hockey jerseys home country and playing with that jersey on and having the C, it’s something special for sure. It’s a really big honour.

“I think I’m a guy who leads by example. I try to be a nice guy, positive guy … not negative or yelling all the time. Before games I like to be really focused, by myself, not very loud. We have other guys who are better at that. I’m more a guy that leads by example.”

The Flames selected the 18-year-old 16th overall in this summer’s draft. He has spent the past two seasons with Tri-City, amassing 26 goals and 93 points through 116 regular season games. He is coming off a 19-goal, 61-point campaign.

“This is an explosive guy who has a big, big desire to change games. He wants to get up ice, he wants to make plays, he wants to get involved with the offence,” Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button noted.

“Like most kids, he makes mistakes. But for every mistake he makes, he makes 25-30 good plays ups the ice. You don’t need to light a fire under this kid, believe me.

“What’s impressive is his will.

“He’s happy to take on responsibility. He wants to make a difference on cheap jerseys. Every shift.”

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