There were questions coming into the season about the Ducks with Randy Carlyle as the new head coach. Nobody expected another division title. At the beginning of the season, it sure looked like that was the case. They kept climbing the standings, however, and, once again, finished first in the Pacific. Calgary reached their expectations by solidifying a Wild Card spot.
By the numbers, the Ducks have the advantage. Gibson has been much better than Elliott throughout the course of the season, and taking each goaltender’s save percentage on the average shots taken, the Ducks edge the Flames 2.69 to 2.22 goals per game. While, the flames beat them out on shooting percentage, it does not make up for the difference in goaltending.
Again, numbers aren’t everything, but I don’t see any outside factors that would give Calgary an edge. As much as I’d like to see the Battle of Alberta, I see the Ducks winning this series in five or six games.