Preview of 2015 Atlanta Flames Qualifying Tournament

2015 Atlanta Flames Qualifying Tournament

2015 Atlanta Flames Qualifying Tournament

Here is a little description of each team in the bracket:

  1. ’76-’77 Atlanta Flames (34-34-12, 80 points (2nd in Patrick Division), Lost in Preliminary Round)
  2. ’79-’80 Atlanta Flames (35-32-13, 83 points (4th in Patrick Division), Lost in Preliminary Round)
  3. ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames (41-31-8, 90 points (4th in Patrick Division), Lost in Preliminary Round)
  4. ’77-’78 Atlanta Flames (34-27-19, 87 points (3rd in Patrick Division), Lost in Preliminary Round)
  5. ’75-’76 Atlanta Flames (35-33-12, 82 points (3rd in Patrick Division), Lost in Preliminary Round)
  6. ’73-’74 Atlanta Flames (30-34-14, 74 points (4th in West Division), Lost in Quarterfinals)
  7. ’74-’75 Atlanta Flames (34-31-15, 83 points (4th in Patrick Division), DNQ for Playoffs)
  8. ’72-’73 Atlanta Flames (25-38-15, 65 points (7th in West Division), DNQ for Playoffs)

The ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames were the Cinderella Story of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. They pulled off a big upset with a sweep in the first round of the 26th-seeded ’08-’09 Washington Capitals. Then, in the second round, they upset the 7th-seeded ’25-’26 Ottawa Senators in seven games by winning Game 7 in overtime. However, they were swept in the 3rd Round by the 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres, who were one of the Quarterfinalists.

Players to Watch:

  • C – Kent Nilsson – He posted one of the best seasons for an Atlanta Flames player when he posted 40 goals and 53 assists for 90 points for the ’79-’80 Flames.
  • LW – Bob MacMillan – One of the starlets of the inaugural UNP with the ’78-’79 Flames, he posted 108 points during the ’78-’79 season, which included 71 assists.
  • C – Guy Chouinard – Partnered with MacMillan, the two of them were major forces on the ’78-’79 Flames in a career season that included 50 goals.

The tournament begins tomorrow! The Quarterfinals or the 1st Round will take place tomorrow and then I’ll go from there. The Semifinals may be Saturday, Sunday or Monday, I don’t know yet.

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