3. The Coaching Staff
The Calgary Flames added their head coach during the 2020-21 season. Their current guy behind the bench is Darryl Sutter, one of the most winningest active coaches around. Sutter has a history of winning and has won two Stanley Cups in the past decade.
When it comes to active NHL coaches, Sutter is one of only a few to have one more than one Stanley Cup in his career as a coach. He has definitely helped make a difference with the Flames.
During his first season, the Flames and Sutter were not effective at what they are doing now. Sutter likes to play a physical style that just did not work against some of the teams within the North Division during the 2020-21 season. The Flames finished 15-15-0 under Sutter after he took over in his first year. With a training camp and more time to prepare in 2021-22, Sutter has taken his team to another level.
The biggest reason this team is geared up for a deep playoff run has to be Darryl Sutter. Their head coach has been there before. He has won it all and he knows what it takes to compete at the highest level. The type of style Sutter calls for is great in the postseason, and it is only a matter of time they will get to go on a deep playoff run into late May and early June.