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Western Conference Semi-Finalists, The Calgary Flames, head to Anaheim for game one of round two.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks - Game 1 - 8PM MT

Sportsnet, NBCSN (TV)

The reward for the Flames beating the Canucks? A trip to the OC. Which means I get to use this.

If there was some uncertainty over who the favourite was for the Flames/Canucks series, there's definitely no doubt about this one. The Flames are the absolute underdogs against what has become a very impressive Anaheim Ducks side.

Luckily, I think we've all gotten used to the Flames playing as the underdog, and look at how that's worked out. It's unlikely, but while there's still any realm of possibility, never count the Flames out. Never quit, and all those buzzwords.

Record

The Ducks were the only Pacific team to have a winning record against the Flames this season - taking the series 3-2 on the back of one win in three at the Saddledome, with both sides taking two wins in their own barn - the Flames taking the first match-up of the season in a shootout at the Dome, the first time they have ever beaten the Ducks in a shootout.

The more worrying stat - the Flames haven't won in the Ponda Center since 2004. Time to change that.

Flames Vs Canucks Overall Record
Overall
Team W L T OTL SOL GF GA
Flames 40 43 7 5 3 267 282
Ducks 51 38 7 1 1 282 267
Playoffs
Flames 3 4 0 0 N/A 16 17
Ducks 4 3 0 0 N/A 17 16

Common Threads

Tim Jackman was one of the Calgary Old Guard who was loved for his physicality...and that's about it. I'd expect him to get a half-decent reception, as long as he doesn't score.

Oh, and apparently Jonas Hiller used to play for the Ducks. I must have missed that, it isn't like the mainstream media are talking about it much...

Playoff Leaders

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
Record
4-2 Playoffs 4-0
0-0 Series 0-0
Goal Differential
+4 Playoffs +7
N/A Series N/A
Time On Ice
Playoffs
Dennis Wideman (27:20/gm) Defence Francois Beauchemin (23:44/gm)
Sean Monahan (20:00/gm) Offence Ryan Getzlaf (22:20/gm)
Series
N/A Defence N/A
N/A Offence N/A
Points
Playoffs
Jiri Hudler (3) Goals Corey Perry (3)
Ryan Kesler (3)
Johnny Gaudreau (4)
Dennis Wideman (4)
Assists Corey Perry (4)
Jakob Silfverberg (4)
Jiri Hudler (6)
Johnny Gaudreau (6)
Points Corey Perry (7)
Series
N/A Goals N/A
N/A Assists N/A
N/A Points N/A
Special Teams
Playoffs
27.78% Powerplay 27.27%
5 Powerplay Goals For 3
81.25% Penalty Kill 84.62%
3 PK Goals Conceded 2
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Series
N/A Powerplay N/A
N/A Powerplay Goals For N/A
N/A Penalty Kill N/A
N/A PK Goals Conceded N/A
N/A Shorthanded Goals For N/A
Shots
Playoffs
Mikael Backlund (18) Shots On Goal Corey Perry (16)
Jiri Hudler (30%) Shot % Ryan Kesler (37.5%)
Series
N/A Shots On Goal N/A
N/A Shot % N/A
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (61%) Playoffs Ryan Kesler (63.24%)
N/A Series N/A
#GRITCHART
Playoffs
Deryk Engelland (44) PIM Ryan Kesler (8)
Micheal Ferland (41) Hits Simon Despres (20)
Deryk Engelland (29) Blocked Shots Clayton Stoner (11)
Series
N/A PIM N/A
N/A Hits N/A
N/A Blocked Shots N/A
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick
(minimum 10mins per game played)
Playoffs
David Schlemko (52.54%, 6gp)
David Jones (48.95%, 6gp)
Corsi For % Andrew Cogliano (63.11%, 4gp)
Hampus Lindholm (61.34%, 4gp)
Micheal Ferland (58.7%, 6gp)
David Jones (58.33%, 6gp)
Fenwick For % Andrew Cogliano (65.85%, 4gp)
Hampus Lindholm (63.54%, 4gp)
Series
N/A
N/A
Corsi For % N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Fenwick For % N/A
N/A
Save percentage
Playoffs
Jonas Hiller (.931)
Karri Ramo (.905)
All Situations Frederik Andersen (.924)
Karri Ramo (.944)
Jonas Hiller (.930)
Even Strength
5 on 5
Frederik Andersen (.925)
Series
N/A
N/A
All Situations N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Even Strength
5 on 5
N/A
N/A

Potential Starting Lineups (subject to change)

Jonas Hiller gets the start in goal, and are expected to retain the same lineup which started game six against the Canucks - except for Drew Shore, who took morning skate with Brandon Bollig and Josh Jooris, meaning Mason Raymond could miss out.

As for the Ducks, Nate Thompson has recovered from the injury he picked up on the last day of the regular season, and although he wouldn't confirm anything pre-game, Bruce Boudreau confirmed he would play. James Wisniewski continues to sit in the press box, while Frederik Andersen will be between the pipes.

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Joe Colborne
Michael Ferland Matt Stajan David Jones
Brandon Bollig Josh Jooris Drew Shore
Left Defence Right Defence
TJ Brodie Deryk Engelland
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
David Schlemko Tyler Wotherspoon
Goalies
Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo
Anaheim Ducks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Patrick Maroon Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey
Ryan Kesler
Jakob Silfverberg
Andrew Cogliano Rickard Rakell
Kyle Palmieri
Emerson Etem Nate Thompson Tim Jackman
Left Defence Right Defence
Hampus Lindholm Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler Simon Despres
Clayton Stoner Sami Vatanen
Goalies
Frederik Andersen
Jason LaBarbera

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