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Tonight at 8PM MT, the Calgary Flames will play the Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. This will be the second of five contests between the division foes this season. The Flames took the first one in the shootout last Tuesday by a final of 4-3. They'll face the Ducks again in Anaheim on January 21st and will play twice back in Calgary, on February 20th and on March 11th. This is the first game of a three game roadtrip for the Flames. They'll play the San Jose Sharks tomorrow night and the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. The Ducks are playing in the middle game of a three game homestand. They started out by defeating the Coyotes 2-1 on Sunday and finish up against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Last Tuesday was the last time Calgary faced the Ducks. Anaheim jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Sami Vatanen (5) and Matt Beleskey (PP, 8), and that's how the third period started. Calgary reeled off three straight with a goal from Jiri Hudler (6) and a pair by Dennis Wideman (6, 7) to take the lead, but Kyle Palmieri scored on the power play for his first marker of the season with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. After a scoreless overtime period, John Gaudreau and Sean Monahan scored in the shootout for the victory. Jonas Hiller turned aside 24-of-27 shots for the win, and Frederik Andersen took the loss, allowing all three goals on only 19 shots. * Box Score * Full Recap

I think everyone in here is believing that we can turn games around. A lot of times, third periods have been our best periods. It shows the character of this team. - Hiller

Anaheim Calling has more on the Ducks.

Calgary's last game was unforgettable. They fell behind by two goals three times, finally tying the game with five seconds left in regulation on a Curtis Glencross goal, his second of the game. Jiri Hudler eventually won it for them in the fourth round of the shootout. Sean Monahan was also successful in the shootout, as was ex-Flame Mike Cammalleri. Aside from Glencross (3, 4), Jiri Hudler (7) and Josh Jooris (5) lit the lamp for Calgary. Cammalleri (8), Adam Henrique (6), Travis Zajac (PP, 4), and Tuomo Ruutu (5) earned goals for the Devils. Karri Ramo earned the win with 25 saves in 29 tries, while career backup Scott Clemmensen lost despite making 33 saves. * Box Score * Full Recap

I'll have to get my heart checked. I don't know how they do it, but we found a way again. We're not making it easy, but we're making it interesting. - Flames coach Bob Hartley, with a gift for "understatement."

For more on the Devils, go to In Lou We Trust.

GameTime: 8PM MT

Where2Watch: SNW, SNF, PRIME

All-Time Record: The Flames are 38-40-15 against the Ducks all-time. The last time they won in Anaheim was Jan. 14, 2004, a 5-1 win. Current assistant coach Martin Gelinas scored the game winner, while current assistant general manager Craig Conroy had a four point night.

Current Standings

Calgary Flames: 13-7-2, .636, 28 points, on pace for 104 points. Third in the Pacific DIvision, fifth in the Western Conference, ninth in the NHL. Last Five: W-W-W-L-W. Playoff Odds: 82.7%

Anaheim Ducks: 13-4-5, .705, 31 points, on pace for 116 points. First in the Pacific Division, first in the Western Conference, second in the NHL. Last Five: O-L-O-W-W. Playoff Odds: 88.9%h

Milestones

Mark Giordano is 50th in career goals scored with Calgary, with 61. He can tie Jamie Macoun in 49th if he scores.

Tonight is Sean Monahan's 98th game, as he's quickly turning the corner to number 100.

Common Thread

This is Jonas Hiller's first time back in Anaheim since signing with the Flames as a free agent. He played 326 games with the Ducks, posting a 162-110-32 record, a .916 save percentage, 2.51 GAA, and 21 shutouts.

Just a few days ago, on Nov. 20, the Montreal Canadiens traded the recently-waived Rene Bourque to the Ducks for Bryan Allen. Bourque played 249 games with the Flames, scoring 88 goals and 76 assists for 164 points. He also recorded 241 penalty minutes, and was ultimately a plus-5. This is his second game with the Ducks.

Probable Starting Lineups

Calgary Flames

Line 1

Curtis Glencross

Sean Monahan

Lance Bouma

Line 2

Johnny Gaudreau

Markus Granlund

Jiri Hudler

Line 3

Michael Ferland

Josh Jooris

Paul Byron

Line 4

Brandon Bollig

Corban Knight

Sven Baertschi

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


Anaheim Ducks

Line 1

Matt Beleskey

Ryan Getzlaf

Corey Perry

Line 2

Patrick Maroon

Ryan Kesler

Kyle Palmieri

Line 3

Andrew Cogliano

Nate Thompson

Jakob Silfverberg

Line 4

Rene Bourque

Rickard Rakell

Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensive Pair 1

Sami Vatanen

Francois Beauchemin

Defensive Pair 2

Cam Fowler

Josh Manson

Defensive Pair 3

Hampus Lindholm

Mat Clark

Starting Goalie

Frederik Andersen

Reserve Goalie

Jason LaBarbera


Flames Leaders

Time-on-Ice
Defencemen: TJ Brodie - 25:12, Mark Giordano - 24:27
Forwards: Sean Monahan - 19:00, Curtis Glencross - 18:01, Jiri Hudler - 17:58

Goals: Sean Monahan, Dennis Wideman - 8, Jiri Hudler - 7, Mark Giordano - 6

Assists: Mark Giordano - 17, TJ Brodie, Johnny Gaudreau - 12

Points: Mark Giordano - 23, Jiri Hudler - 17, TJ Brodie - 16

Plus/Minus: TJ Brodie - plus-12, Mark Giordano - plus-10, Johnny Gaudreau - plus-8

Penalty Minutes: Deryk Engelland - 28, Brandon Bollig - 27, Curtis Glencross - 24

Shots-on-Goal: Sean Monahan - 58, Mark Giordano - 55, Dennis Wideman - 43

Faceoffs: Sean Monahan (232-of-454) - 51.1%, Josh Jooris (67-of-132) - 50.8%, Markus Granlund (64-of-172) - 37.2%

Hits: Lance Bouma - 58, Curtis Glencross - 50, Paul Byron - 37

Blocked Shots: Kris Russell - 60, Mark Giordano - 51, Dennis Wideman - 41

That's all for now. Make sure you come

back later for the live gamethread, and look for our pair of recaps following the game.