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Calgary looks to win their third straight contest for the second time this season against the always challenging Anaheim Ducks.

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Tonight at 7PM, the Flames will host the Anaheim Ducks in the ScotiaBank Saddledome, Calgary, AB. This is the first of five contests this season between the Pacific Division front-runners, with two matches in Anaheim on November 25th and on January 21st followed by two more in Calgary on February 20th and on March 11th. The Flames will be playing in the third game of a five-game homestand. They defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 last Thursday and the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Saturday night. After tonight's match, they'll face off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night and take on the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Anaheim is opening a quick two-game roadtrip. They'll also visit the Vancouver Canucks, on Thursday night before returning to California and a three-game homestand.

The last time the Flames faced off with the Ducks was on March 26th last season. Jiri Hudler (16) and Brian McGrattan (4) each lit the lamp for Calgary, but Karri Ramo allowed one goal too many, stopping 31-of-34 for the loss. The good news? The winning goaltender from that game is now on our team. Jonas Hiller also faced 34 shots, saving one more than Ramo for the win. Nick Bonino (18), Mathieu Perreault (16), and Andrew Cogliano (22) earned markers for the win. * Box Score * Full Recap

That's the way you learn sometimes, too. You learn from tough losses. There's going to be games throughout the year where you're in the game and a couple lucky bounces with an open net and they get the win. Our group hasn't given up all year. We're in every game and work our butts off right until the end and that's a good sign. - McGrattan, playing in his 300th career game.

Anaheim Calling has more on the Ducks.

Calgary's last game was on Saturday night, when they defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-2. Lance Bouma (5), Markus Granlund (3), and Josh Jooris (PP, 4) each had a goal and an assist, while Paul Byron scored his fourth of the season on a breakaway. Ramo stopped 23 shots in 25 tries for the win. Craig Anderson took the loss for the Senators, allowing all four goals on 25 shots. Clarke MacArthur (8) and Bobby Ryan (4) earned the goals for Ottawa. * Box Score * Full Recap

I think we just stuck to Calgary Flames hockey. We are hard to play against. We had commitment coming back. We shut plays down and started from the net out tonight. I think we just had good will out there. We wanted to win this one and it showed. - Jooris

If the Senators are your cup of tea, go to Silver Seven Sens.

In Anaheim's last game, on Sunday, the Florida Panthers took a 6-2 decision. Nick Bjugstad (3, 4) scored two goals and two assists, Brad Boyes had two with one assist (3, 4), Brian Campbell and Jussi Jokinen had two helpers each, and Jonathan Huberdeau (2) had a marker with one assist to lead the Panthers. Vincent Trocheck (1) also scored for the Cats, and Al Montoya earned the win with 33 saves. For the Ducks, Frederik Andersen took the loss, allowing four goals on just 15 shots. Jason LaBarbera wasn't much better, allowing two goals on 14 shots in 16 minutes of relief. Andrew Cogliano (2) and Hampus Lindholm (2) scored for the Ducks. * Box Score * Full Recap

Overall, we're just embarrassed. It's embarrassing to play like that in our building. Top to bottom, we weren't very good tonight. We've got to recognize that within ourselves and get better. We have to learn. - Ryan Getzlaf

For the best Florida Panthers coverage on the internet, go to Litter Box Cats.

GameTime: 7PM MT

Where2Watch: Prime, SNW

All-Time Record: Calgary has earned 49.4% of possible points against Anaheim's franchise, going 35-36-15 since the "Mighty" Ducks joined the NHL in 1993-94.

Current Standings

Calgary Flames: 11-6-2, .632, 24 points, on pace for 104 points. Third in the Pacific Division, fifth in the Western Conference, ninth in the NHL. Last Five: L-W-L-W-W. Playoff Odds: 83.8%

Anaheim Ducks: 11-4-4, .684, 26 points, on pace for 112 points. First in the Pacific Division, third in the Western Conference, sixth in the NHL. Last Five: O-O-W-O-L. Playoff Odds: 82.1%

Common Thread

You may not know this, but Jonas Hiller once played for the Ducks! In seven seasons with the web-footed poultry, he racked up a 162-110-32 record, and a .916 save percentage to go along with a sparkling 2.51 goals against average. He has only improved on these figures since arriving in the Great White North, going 8-4-1, .922, 2.30.

Birthdays

No current or former Flames have a birthday today, and the only currently rostered NHLer to have one is the New York Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck, who is turning 27.

Milestones

Curtis Glencross will appear in his 385th game, passing Denis Gauthier into sole possession of 31st on Calgary's all-time list. His 107 goals rank him 24th. He can move into a tie for 22nd with Cory Stillman and Paul Reinhart with two more. Two assists will move him into 40th all-time, tying Dan Quinn with 119. His 224 points have him tied with Bill Clement in 33rd all-time.

Mark Giordano will pass Rey Comeau with his 469th Flames' game played into 17th all-time. If he plays in every game this season, he will make it to 11th. He's currently 50th on the Flames goals scored list, and with one goal will tie Jamie Macoun in 49th with 62.

Jiri Hudler needs five points to become the 74th Flame to break the 100 point barrier.

Elsewhere

St. Louis Blues (12-4-1) vs. Boston Bruins (11-8-0), 5PM
Tampa Bay Lightning (13-4-2) vs. New York Islanders (11-6-0), 5PM
Detroit Red Wings (8-4-5) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-1), 5PM
San Jose Sharks (10-8-2) vs. Buffalo Sabres (4-13-2), 5:30PM
Nashville Predators (11-4-2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (9-7-2), 5:30PM
Pittsburgh Penguins (12-3-1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (14-4-1), 5:30PM
New Jersey Devils (8-8-2) vs. Winnipeg Jets (9-7-3), 6PM
Carolina Hurricanes (5-9-3) vs. Dallas Stars (6-8-4), 6:30PM
Washington Capitals (7-7-3) vs. Arizona Coyotes (8-9-1), 7PM
Florida Panthers (6-4-5) vs. Los Angeles Kings (9-5-4), 8:30PM

This Date in Flames History

The Flames are 7-9-3 on November 18th throughout history, but have won their last three by a combined score of 14-7.

1972 - Penguins 6, Flames 1
1973 - Bruins 5, Flames 2
1975 - Canucks 2, Flames 2
1977 - Flames 5, Red Wings 3
1979 - Flames 4, Capitals 2
1982 - Flyers 3, Flames 2
1986 - Canucks 5, Flames 0
1989 - Flames 4, Blackhawks 4
1993 - Flames 3, Blues 3
1995 - Avalanche 5, Flames 2
1996 - Flames 5, Rangers 3
1997 - Devils 2, Flames 1
2000 - Rangers 5, Flames 4
2003 - Flames 3, Maple Leafs 2
2005 - Blackhawks 5, Flames 2
2007 - Canucks 4, Flames 1
2008 - Flames 4, Avalanche 1
2011 - Flames 5, Blackhawks 2
2013 - Flames 5, Jets 4

Probable Starting Lineups

Calgary Flames

Line 1

Curtis Glencross

Sean Monahan

Devin Setoguchi

Line 2

Johnny Gaudreau

Markus Granlund

Jiri Hudler

Line 3

Sven Baertschi

Josh Jooris

Paul Byron

Line 4

Lance Bouma

Brian McGrattan

Defensive Pair 1

Mark Giordano

TJ Brodie

Defensive Pair 2

Kris Russell

Dennis Wideman

Defensive Pair 3

Ladislav Smid

Deryk Engelland

Starting Goalie

Jonas Hiller

Reserve Goalie

Karri Ramo

So, just in case you weren't trying to keep track, the Flames currently have seven guys on the IR, not including David Jones, who is questionable for tonight's tilt. The goaltender hasn't been announced, but I'm going to take an educated guess and say that Jonas Hiller gets a chance against his former mates. The staff hasn't yet named a fourth line winger to go with McGrattan and Bouma.

Mikael Backlund abdominal
Sam Bennett shoulder surgery
Joe Colborne upper body
Michael Ferland concussion
Corey Potter shoulder
Mason Raymond upper body
Matt Stajan strained right knee

Anaheim Ducks

Line 1

Patrick Maroon

Ryan Getzlaf

Corey Perry

Line 2

Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Kesler

Matt Beleskey

Line 3

Rickard Rakell

William Karlsson

Andrew Cogliano

Line 4

Emerson Etem

Nate Thompson

Tim Jackman

Defensive Pair 1

Cam Fowler

Clayton Stoner

Defensive Pair 2

Hampus Lindholm

Josh Manson

Defensive Pair 3

Bryan Allen

Sami Vatanen

Starting Goalie

Jason LaBarbera

Reserve Goalie

Frederik Andersen

Francois Beauchemin mumps
Mark Fistric undisclosed
John Gibson groin
Ben Lovejoy finger
Devante Smith-Pelly shoulder

Flames Leaders

Time-on-Ice: Defensemen, TJ Brodie - 24:56, Mark Giordano - 23:55
Forwards, Sean Monahan - 18:14, Mikael Backlund - 17:51, Curtis Glencross - 17:47

Goals: Sean Monahan - 7, Mark Giordano - 6, Mason Raymond, Dennis Wideman, Jiri Hudler, Lance Bouma - 5

Assists: Mark Giordano - 15, TJ Brodie - 11, Jiri Hudler, John Gaudreau - 9

Points: Mark Giordano - 21, TJ Brodie - 15, Jiri Hudler - 14

Plus/Minus: TJ Brodie - plus-10, Mark Giordano - plus-8, John Gaudreau - plus-7

Penalty Minutes: Brandon Bollig - 27, Curtis Glencross - 24, Deryk Engelland - 23

Shots-on-Goal: Sean Monahan - 49, Mark Giordano - 45, Dennis Wideman - 35

Faceoffs: Sean Monahan (190-for-370) - 51.4%, Mikael Backlund (110-for-218) - 50.5%, Joe Colborne (67-for-133) - 50.4%

Hits: Lance Bouma - 46, Curtis Glencross - 43, Brandon Bollig - 33

Blocked Shots: Kris Russell - 56, Mark Giordano - 47, Dennis Wideman - 38

Offensive Point Shares: Mark Giordano - 2.4, TJ Brodie - 1.5, Jiri Hudler - 1.2

Defensive Point Shares: TJ Brodie - 1.7, Mark Giordano - 1.5, Kris Russell - 1.2

Goalie Point Shares: Jonas Hiller - 2.6, Karri Ramo - 0.9

Total Point Shares: Mark Giordano - 3.9, TJ Brodie - 3.2, Dennis Wideman - 1.7

Join us tonight for the GameThread, at 6:30PM. Later on, we have two recaps for you to enjoy, the conventional post-game, soon after the final horn, and the morning after advanced statistical breakdown.