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Playoffs Preview: Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

Calgary and Anaheim played 5 times during the regular season, so what’s 4 to 7 more?

NHL: Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round: Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks

The Flames and the Ducks will square off in a best of 7 series starting Thursday night in Anaheim at Honda Center. The two teams met 5 times during the regular season, with the Ducks winning 4 out of 5. Per usual, Calgary lost both contests in Anaheim, something the Flames have been doing since 2006. We’re not going to dwell on Calgary’s struggles (27 straight loses in Anaheim) because they’ve been well documented. What will make this series INCREDIBLY interesting will be the last tilt between these two. What appeared to be an unintentional knee on knee hit between Mark Giordano and Cam Folwer sparked a penalty filled third period that derailed what was an exciting game between two division rivals. The Ducks won the Pacific Division Sunday night, setting up a battle between these two in the first round of the playoffs. But enough with the prologue, here’s the preview for what should be a very entertaining playoff series.

2016-17 Head to Head

11/6/16: Calgary @ Anaheim: 4-1 L (Johnson)

12/4/16: Anaheim @ Calgary: 8-3 W (Johnson)

12/29/16: Anaheim @ Calgary: 3-1 L (Johnson)

4/2/17: Anaheim @ Calgary: 4-3 L (Elliott)

4/4/17: Calgary @ Anaheim: 3-1 L (Elliott)

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
45-33-4 Record 46-23-13
94 Points 105
4th Pacific Division 1st Pacific
7th West Conference 3rd West
222 Goals For 220
219 Goals Against 197
Monahan/Versteeg (8) PPG Kesler (8)
Giordano/Frolik (2) SHG Coglinano (3)
Monahan (27) Goals Rakell (33)
Gaudreau (61) Points Getzlaf (70)
Tkachuk (105) PIM Boll (87)
Elliott (26-18-3) Goalie Record Gibson (25-16-9)
Elliott (2.55) GAA Gibson (2.22)
Elliott (.910) Save % Gibson (.924)

Record vs Anaheim

Overall: 42-64-7

Home: 33-23-1

Away: 9-41-6

Playoffs: 4-8-0

For as much as these two meet during the regular season, the Flames and Ducks have only met twice in the playoffs with Anaheim winning 4-3 in 2006 and 4-1 in 2015.

Where and When to Watch

#1 Anaheim vs. #4 Calgary

Thursday, April 13 8:30 PM MT Calgary at Anaheim NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, April 15 8:30 PM MT Calgary at Anaheim NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, April 17 8 PM MT Anaheim at Calgary CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN

Wednesday, April 19 8 PM MT Anaheim at Calgary CBC, TVA Sports, USA

*Friday, April 21 TBD Calgary at Anaheim TBD

*Sunday, April 23 TBD Anaheim at Calgary TBD

*Tuesday, April 25 TBD Calgary at Anaheim TBD

(all games can be heard on Sportsnet 960)