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Breaking The Habit - Flames @ Ducks Game 5 Preview

Is this the Flames' last hurrah for the 14/15 season, or can they finally snap the nine-year losing streak in Anaheim?

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Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks - Round 2 Game 5 - 8PM MT (10E, 7P)

Sportsnet, NBCSN

The Flames haven't won in Anaheim since 2006. That is a hell of a streak, and it's a habit they're going to have to break twice now to advance.

If we're being honest, the Flames got out-Flamed in game 4, with the Ducks coming from behind and showing the persistence necessary to win. It looks like it might be a bridge too far, but discount nothing yet. Where there is a will, there's a way, and if anyone can find a way from 3-1 down, it's the Flames.

I'm not saying "the Flames are still going to win this and everything will be amazing!" All I'm saying is, you wouldn't be surprised, would you?

Every game is must-win now. Starting with game 5 tonight. If ever there was a time to break a losing streak that has lasted nine years, it is now.

Playoff Leaders

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
5-5 Playoffs 7-1
1-3 Series 3-1
Goal Differential
-5 Playoffs +16
-9 Series +9
Time On Ice
TJ Brodie (26:56/gm) Defence Francois Beauchemin (23:39/gm)
Sean Monahan (19:53/gm) Offence Ryan Getzlaf (21:01/gm)
Dennis Wideman (27:07/gm) Defence Francois Beauchemin (23:50/gm)
Mikael Backlund (19:49/gm) Offence Ryan Kesler (19:20/gm)
Jiri Hudler, Sam Bennett,
Johnny Gaudreau, Micheal Ferland,
Sean Monahan (3)
Goals Corey Perry (6)
Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau (5) Assists Ryan Getzlaf (10)
Johnny Gaudreau (8) Points Corey Perry (14)
Sam Bennett, Brandon Bollig,
Joe Colborne, Johnny Gaudreau,
Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan,
Micheal Ferland (1)
Goals Matt Beleskey (4)
Kris Russell (2) Assists Ryan Getzlaf (7)
Johnny Gaudreau (2) Points Ryan Getzlaf (8)
Special Teams
18.8% Powerplay 28%
6 Powerplay Goals For 7
76.7% Penalty Kill 88.9%
7 PK Goals Conceded 2
1 Shorthanded Goals For 0
8.3% Powerplay 20%
1 Powerplay Goals For 4
80% Penalty Kill 91.7%
4 PK Goals Conceded 1
1 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Mikael Backlund (28) Shots On Goal Corey Perry (34)
Micheal Ferland (25%) Shot % Nate Thompson (33.3%)
Mikael Backlund (10) Shots On Goal Corey Perry (18)
Micheal Ferland (50%) Shot % Matt Beleskey (36.6%)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (56.38%) Playoffs Nate Thompson (65.96%)
Josh Jooris (54.17%) Series Nate Thompson (65.96%)
Deryk Engelland (48) PIM Tim Jackman (12)
Micheal Ferland (45) Hits Matt Beleskey (30)
Kris Russell (45) Blocked Shots Sami Vatanen (16)
Brandon Bollig (14) PIM Tim Jackman (12)
David Jones (18) Hits Matt Beleskey (13)
Kris Russell (17) Blocked Shots Sami Vatanen (11)
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick
(minimum 10mins per game played)
David Schlemko (57.14%, 10gp)
TJ Brodie (50.39%, 10gp)
Corsi For % Andrew Cogliano (57.00%, 8gp)
Hampus Lindholm (55.06%, 8gp)
David Schlemko (61.42%, 10gp)
David Jones (53.16%, 10gp)
Fenwick For % Andrew Cogliano (62.04%, 8gp)
Ryan Getzlaf (58.90%, 8gp)
David Schlemko (64.10%, 4gp)
TJ Brodie (55.24%, 4gp)
Corsi For % Ryan Getzlaf (60.00%, 4gp)
Patrick Maroon (58.24%, 4gp)
David Schlemko (70.59%, 4gp)
Mikael Backlund (53.33%, 4gp)
Fenwick For % Ryan Getzlaf (62.96%, 4gp)
Patrick Maroon (61.33%, 4gp)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (.919)
Karri Ramo (.895)
All Situations Frederik Andersen (.927)
Jonas Hiller (.914)
Karri Ramo (.913)
Even Strength
5 on 5
Frederik Andersen (.937)
Karri Ramo (.893)
Jonas Hiller (.786)
All Situations Frederik Andersen (.931)
Karri Ramo (.906)
Jonas Hiller (.727)
Even Strength
5 on 5
Frederik Andersen (.951)

Potential Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)

After bringing Micheal Ferland and Lance Bouma for game 4, Bob Hartley seems to have elected to use the same lineup for game 5. This is, of course, subject to change - especially as the Flames had an optional morning skate - but who knows? At least, we hope so, because as it turns out, separating Backlund and Bennett isn't the best idea.

Meanwhile, the Ducks, seemingly pretty happy with how game 4 went, aren't making any lineup changes.

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund Joe Colborne
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan David Jones
Brandon Bollig Sam Bennett Mason Raymond
Left Defence Right Defence
TJ Brodie Deryk Engelland
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
David Schlemko Raphael Diaz
Karri Ramo
Jonas Hiller
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
Tomas Fleischmann Nate Thompson Tim Jackman
Left Defence Right Defence
Hampus Lindholm Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler Simon Despres
Clayton Stoner Sami Vatanen
Frederik Andersen
Jason LaBarbera

Join us in the gamethread, where we will be hoping the Flames play like Team Iceland at the start of D2.