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Preview: Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks 4/4/17 (80/82)

Is today the day the Flames FINALLY snap the losing streak at Honda Center?

Calgary Flames v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks, 8 PM MT, Honda Center, Anaheim CA
Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSN, Prime LA
Radio: Sportsnet 960

0-26. Let’s face it, that’s what this game is about. The Flames haven’t won a game at Honda Center since 2006-07. When you look up futility in the dictionary, this would be the prime example. Calgary has dropped every game they’ve played at Honda Center since the 2006-07 season, including their only contest there this season. We’ve all heard the horror story, we’ve all seen the stats, we’ve all seen the games. The main questions now become: can the Flames win in Anaheim and is this the team to break that streak? While the fan in all of us says “sure, why not?” History shows us we’ve been wrong. Calgary came to Anaheim with a chance to end that streak back on November 6th and lost 4-1. Then again, that was a different Flames team that was 5-8-1 and still 24 days away from finding themselves and going on a run that in essence, saved their season. So, yes, there’s a chance that this is the Calgary team that snaps this unfathomable streak. There’s also a chance we’re writing about this scenario again in the playoffs this year or during the regular season next year.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
44-31-4 Record 43-23-13
92 Points 99
4th Pacific Division 1st Pacific
7th West Conference 3rd West
3-2-0 Last 5 3-2-0
216 Goals For 209
212 Goals Against 193
Monahan (27) Goals Rakell (32)
Gaudreau (61) Points Getzlaf (68)
Tkachuk (105) PIM Boll (87)
Elliott (.911) Save % Gibson (.921)
20.6 (9th) PP % 18.8 (17th)
81.3 (11th) PK % 84.4 (4th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 26-16-3 2.53 .911
Ducks: Gibson (E) 23-16-9 2.29 .921

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 Anaheim Ducks 4

These two last hit the ice on Sunday night with the Flames falling to the Ducks at the Dome 4-3. Calgary fought hard and tied the score at 3, but a late 3rd period goal by Logan Shaw sank the Flames. Brian Elliott got the start in goal and heroically stopped 30 of the 34 shots that came his way, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Here’s our recap and the highlights from the contest.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Versteeg (F). Versteeg had himself quite a game against Anaheim on Sunday night. The Flames winger deposited 2 of the Flames 3 goals on only 2 shots. That gave Versteeg his 5th and 6th points in his last 5 games. In 3 games this season against the Ducks, Versteeg has 2 goals and 2 assists.

Anaheim Ducks

NHL: Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Perry (F). The Ontario native has 3 goals and 1 assist in his last five games, but came up empty Sunday night against the Flames. Perry has 51 points on the season, with 33 of those 51 being assists. Like helper numbers? Perry has 5 assists in 4 games against Calgary this season.