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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks 3/21/18 (75/82): Flames Look For Third Win Over Anaheim

A win would mean the season series for the Flames and they’d close a bit of the gap in the West. A loss means golf.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks, 7:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

Where To Watch & Listen

TV: SNW, SN360
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Flames return home for 1 game as they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the Saddledome Wednesday night. The Flames have all but removed themselves from the playoffs with their play as of late and while they keep talking the talk, they’re playing for pride. Calgary is 6 points out of the last Wild Card spot, which is owned by.......the Anaheim Ducks. The Flames have dropped 3 in a row and 6 of their last 9, so if you’re holding your breath waiting for the playoff run, we’ll call for help for you.

Anaheim meanwhile is hanging on to the 8th spot in the West and if you think about the amount of injuries they started the season with, it’s impressive that they’re in the position they are in. March is the third month of the year and it’s been a month of 3’s for the Ducks: 3 straight wins, 3 straight losses, 3 straight wins. In their 6 wins this month they’ve outscored their opponents 25-9.

The Flames and Ducks have met 3 times this season with Calgary taking 2 out of the 3. Calgary’s struggles against the Ducks in Anaheim are WELL documented, but the Saddledome hasn’t been home sweet home for the Flames either. Calgary is 2-4-0 in their last 6 against Anaheim at home.

How They Match Up

Calgary Flames Stats Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames Stats Anaheim Ducks
35-29-10 Record 37-24-12
80 Points 86
5th Pacific Division 4th Pacific
11th West Conference 8th West
1-4-0 Last 5 3-2-0
204 Goals For 206
222 Goals Against 197
Monahan (31) Goals Rakell (31)
Gaudreau (82) Points Rakell (62)
Hathaway (79) PIM Bieksa (83)
Smith (.917) Save% Miller (.926)
17.0 (25th) PP% 17.9 (22nd)
81.3 (12th) PK% 83.0 (5th)
2-1-0 2017-18 VS 1-2-0
44-69-7 Overall VS 69-44-7

Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)

Player Record GAA Save%
Player Record GAA Save%
Flames: Smith (E) 24-20-6 2.63 .917
Ducks: Gibson (E) 28-17-6 2.46 .925

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Anaheim Ducks Coverage: Anaheim Calling

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 2 Arizona Coyotes 5

If you were holding out hope that the Flames would take down the NHL’s worst team and climb back into the playoffs, well, you were disappointed. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Max Domi put in 2 a piece and the Flames playoff hopes died in the desert. Here’s our recap and the highlights from

Anaheim Ducks 4 NJ Devils 2

Anaheim won it’s 3rd straight for the second time this month with a 4-2 victory over the NJ Devils. Anaheim Calling has the recap and provides the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: Calgary Flames at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Dougie Hamilton (D). Hamilton is the best Flames defenceman lately when it comes to piling up points. The Toronto native has 4 points in his last 5 games, including a 2 point effort in the Flames 5-2 loss to the Coyotes.

Anaheim Ducks

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Anaheim Ducks Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Getzlaf (C). Getzlaf has been a huge part of the engine driving the Ducks lately. The Regina native has 5 points in his last 5, including a goal and an assist in the Ducks 4-2 victory over the NJ Devils. Getzlaf also has 3 points in 3 games against the Flames this season.