PREVIEW: Ducks Battle The Flames

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By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks (27-19-8) continue their road trip against the Calgary Flames (25-26-3).  The Ducks have played the Flames twice this season and won both games in regulation. Today’s game starts at 1PM PT.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Penalty Kill: The Ducks have been great on the penalty kill all season, but they have given up a power play goal in each of their last three games. The Flames can score goals in bunches and the Ducks need to tighten up the penalty unit to win this game.

2. Shots: The Ducks average just over 30 shots on goal per game. Anaheim knows Jonas Hiller well and peppering him in the right spots could help the Ducks get an early lead.

Flames

1. Offense: Calgary has scored four or more goals in four of their last six games. If they get that kind of production for today’s game, then they will have a great chance at winning this contest.

2. Penalties: The Flames have the second worst penalty kill in the league with 75.0% efficiency. They need to stay out of the penalty box against Anaheim.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. David Perron: Since coming to Anaheim, Perron has 11 points(5G + 6A) in 11 games. He has three multi-point games in that time span.

2. Ryan Getzlaf: He scored the game winner against Chicago in overtime. He has a streak of four consecutive multi-point games. He was our player of the week for February 6-13.

Flames

1. John Gaudreau: He leads the Flames with 51 points(21G + 30A). He has four points in his last five games and leads the team in game-winning goals(6).

2. Sean Monahan: He is the second leading goal scorer with 17 goals. He has been on fire lately(pun intended) with seven points(3G + 4A) in his last five games.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup:

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Offense

David Perron – Ryan Getzlaf –  Mike Santorelli

Nick Ritchie Rickard RakellCorey Perry

Andrew CoglianoRyan KeslerJakob Silfverberg

Patrick Maroon – Nate Thompson  Ryan Garbutt

Defense

Cam FowlerKevin Bieksa

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson

Simon DespresSami Vatanen

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Offense

John GaudreauSean MonahanJiri Hudler

Sam BennettMikael BacklundMichael Frolik

Micheal FerlandMarkus GranlundJoe Colborne

Lance BoumaMatt StajanJosh Jooris

Defense

Mark GiordanoT.J. Brodie

Kris RussellDougie Hamilton

Ladislav SmidJakub Nakladal

Starting Goalies:

Ducks:                         Frederik Andersen                   12-8-6 GAA 2.30 SV% .919% (Confirmed by Kent French)

Flames:                       Jonas Hiller                                8-6-1 GAA 3.04 SV% .894% (Confirmed)

TEAM COMPARISON

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
54 27-19-8 16-8-4 11-11-4 8-1-1 2.28 2.35 18.2 88.3 12.2 30.8 27.6 51.4
54 25-26-3 16-11-0 9-15-3 5-5-0 2.67 2.96 14.9 75.0 7.7 28.8 29.2 48.3

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