Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks, 7:30 PM MT, Honda Center, Anaheim CA
|TV: Prime LA|
|Radio: Sportsnet 960|
The Flames are in Anaheim tonight to take on the Ducks. As you may have heard, the Flames are TERRIBLE at Honda Center. The Flames have lost 25 straight in Anaheim, dating back to April of 2006. Yes, you read that correctly. The Flames were 0 for 5 against the Ducks last season including 3 losses in their personal house of horrors.
The Flames are coming into this contest 1-1 on their current 3 game California swing. The Flames started this trip looking like they may have turned the corner by beating San Jose after blowing 2 leads, but they went into LA a completely different team and were spanked 5-0. Calgary had different line combinations, different defencemen and the results were disastrous. Brian Elliott got shelled, but was the only Flame who showed up. He’s listed as the “expected” starter in net tonight, but it’s still to be determined if Gulutzan will give him the chance to try and snap Calgary’s streak of futility in Anaheim.
The Ducks come into this contest only 1 point ahead of the Flames in the Pacific. The Kings gained some ground on Calgary last night and the Ducks could put some distance between themselves and the Flames with a win tonight. The Ducks started the season 0-3-1, but have gone 5-2-1 since and they’ve outscored their opponents 24-17 over those 8 games.
The Flames looked like they had a chance to end that streak after their win in San Jose, but the slower game they played against the Kings, and most likely will play against a bigger Anaheim team, doesn’t suit the Flames well. Here’s how the team match-up:
|Calgary Flames||Anaheim Ducks|
|5th Pacific||Division||2nd Pacific|
|5th West||Conference||4th West|
|Frolik (5)||Goals||Perry (4)|
|Frolik (9)||Points||Perry (10)|
|Johnson (.908)||Save %||Bernier (.929)|
|8.7 % (28th)||PP %||24.4 % (5th)|
|74.5 % (29th)||PK %||83.0 % (11th)|
Calgary Flames 0 LA Kings 5
The Flames rolled into LA and got rolled over 5-0 on Saturday night. Calgary was lifeless and turnovers and defensive miscues buried the Flames from the start. Brian Elliott got shelled, facing 30 shots in the first two periods. Here’s our recap, plus the “highlights,” post game and stats.
Anaheim Ducks 5 Arizona Coyotes 1
The Ducks last skated on Friday night and took down division rivals Arizona 5-1. The win gave the Ducks their 2nd in their last 3 games. Here’s the recap from Anaheim Calling and the highlights.
|Calgary: Elliott (E)||3-6-0||3.33||.887|
|Anaheim: Gibson (E)||5-4-2||2.43||.914|
Players To Watch
Calgary Flames: Matthew Tkachuk (F). Tkachuk has made the most out of his time with the Flames this season. He had 2 goals, including the game winner against the San Jose Sharks and appears to be one of the few Flames showing up for game time. Tkachuk is also doing what he does best and is getting under skin of the Flames opponents. This will be a big test for young Matthew as the Ducks are a very physical team.
Anaheim Ducks: Corey Perry (F). Perry leads the Ducks in goals (4) and points (10). He’s been red hot in the early day of November where he’s picked up 4 assists and he’s a machine on home ice. Of his 10 points, 5 have come at Honda Center and 8 have come in Ducks wins.