For additional insight into the Western Conference Second Round series between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Frederic Chabot to break down the action. Chabot will be checking in throughout the series.
Chabot was the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2009 to 2014. He played in the NHL for five seasons, spending time with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.
When the Anaheim Ducks were at their best during their Western Conference First Round series against the Winnipeg Jets, forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Cory Perry were leading the way. Anaheim's depth also was productive and problematic for the Jets' bottom-six forwards, and the result was a four-game sweep for the Ducks.
The Ducks successfully worked off that same blueprint in their 6-1 defeat of the Calgary Flames on Thursday in Game 1 of their Western Conference Second Round series, according to Frederic Chabot.
"Perry and Getzlaf really set the tone and showed the way in the first game," Chabot said. "You can expect the rest of the crew to follow suit in the next games."
Getzlaf had one goal and three assists and Perry had two goals and two assists. The Ducks also got secondary scoring from forwards Matt Beleksey and Emerson Etem, and a 2-0 first period lead snowballed into a 6-0 Ducks lead.
"It's going to be a problem," Chabot said of Calgary going against Anaheim's depth. "It's going to be the same [as the first round]. They grind you out; they get the puck deep. Beleksey can hit you hard too; [Tim] Jackman is heavy. They have a good team.
"They’re coming with three or four lines and it doesn't stop, so you need to match that intensity and also that effectiveness on the forecheck."
One of the storylines entering the series was Flames goalie Jonas Hiller playing against his former team; Hiller spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career playing for the Ducks. Chabot said there are two sides to returning to an arena you used to call home.
Hiller was pulled in favor of Karri Ramo after allowing three goals on 14 shots.
"It motivates you to play well and be on top of your game," Chabot said. "But sometimes you try to do too much, or get maybe a little too uptight about it and forget to just have fun and play the game. I didn't think [Hiller] was bad; there was maybe one goal that he would want back.
"But other than that there were some major breakdowns in front. When you saw Ramo after, it was the same story."
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is Sunday (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN). Chabot said the time off will be key for Calgary.
"The two days' rest is the best thing that can happen to them," he said. "They need to rest. They need to make some adjustments as far as strategy. They need to make some adjustments and they need to regroup emotionally to make sure they step up and even the fight.
"They need to create some more forecheck, some more traffic, more pucks on net, and try to create rebounds off Andersen's pads. On the other side they need to protect their goalie better. Anaheim had too many clean shots and chances for plays in tight."