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How do the Flames measure up against Darryl Sutter’s two Stanley Cup-winning Kings teams? – The athlete

Ahead of last month’s Battle of Alberta regular season game, Darryl Sutter was asked if his current Flames team had any qualities that reminded him of his previous championship-level teams.

“None,” he said. There was no follow up.

Sutter has his reasons for not going there. The Flames still haven’t earned a place in the playoffs and haven’t had any postseason success lately, while his LA Kings teams won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 and made the Western Conference Finals the year in between.

“It’s hard to find comparisons when you’ve had the success they’ve had,” Sutter said of the Kings in a recent radio interview with TSN Toronto when asked a similar question.

But that hasn’t stopped the media, fans and other coaches in the league from drawing comparisons.

“I would say they’re very similar to the LA Kings team that Darryl had when they won the cups,” said Islanders coach Barrydios. “They are very similar. They’re a great team that has a nice mix of high-end skills and good team strength and really good goalkeeping.”

This begs the question: How similar (or not) are the 2022 Flames to the 2012 and 2014 Kings? And which team should be considered the best?

Athletic editor Rich Hammond, who covered the Kings from 2005-2016, and Flames beat writer Hailey Salvian investigate using team charts by Dom Luszczyszyn and Shayna Goldman before coming to a definitive conclusion.

The charts

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Jake Nichol

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