PREVIEW: Ducks Host The Flames

ANAvsCGY

By Mike Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(42-23-10) return home to face the Calgary Flames(32-38-6). The Ducks have played the Flames four times this season and won all four games. This is the fifth and final meeting of the season.

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Keys To The Game:

Ducks

1. Complete Game: The Ducks came out of the road trip 3-1-1, but still need to have a complete game. They did better to start the game against Edmonton and let’s see if they can carry that play in all three periods.

2. Forecheck: The Flames and Ducks almost always get into shootout type games. If the Ducks can sustain a good forecheck and slow the game down, then they have a good chance at earning two points.

Flames

1. Speed: Three of the four games they have played against the Ducks have been high scoring. The Flames will look to push the puck up the ice and current turnovers with their speed.

2. Discipline: The Flames have the league worst penalty kill at 74.5%. They need to stay out of the box as much as possible tonight.

Players To Watch:

Ducks

1. Brandon Pirri: He had the game winning goal in the last game against Edmonton. He has two goals and two assists in his last three games.

2. Corey Perry: He scored his team leading 31st goal in the last game. He could try to push for 40 goals, but it might be difficult with only seven games left in the regular season.

Flames

1. Sean Monahan: He is second in points on the team with 59. He has 27 goals and 32 assists. He has seven power play goals and five game-winning goals.

2. Mark GiordanoHe leads all Calgary defensemen with 51 points(19G + 32A). He leads the team with eight power play goals.

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup(Per Anaheim Ducks website):
Kevin Bieksa(upper body) and David Perron(Upper Body) will not play nogiht. Josh Manson(Lower Body) is a game time decision.

Offense

Brandon Pirri – Ryan Getzlaf – Chris Stewart 

Jamie McGinn – Rickard Rakell – Corey Perry

Andrew CoglianoRyan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg

Nate Thompson – Shawn Horcoff – Ryan Garbutt 

Defense

Cam Fowler – Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm – Korbinian Holzer

Clayton Stoner – Shea Theodore

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (Per Leftwinglock.com):

Offense

Hunter ShinkarukSean MonahanDerek Grant

Emile PoirierMikael BacklundMichael Frolik

Lance BoumaMatt StajanBrandon Bollig

Micheal FerlandSam BennettJoe Colborne

Defense

T.J. BrodieDougie Hamilton

Mark GiordanoDeryk Engelland

Brett Kulak – Jakub Nakladal

Ducks:                           John Gibson                      18-11-3 GAA 2.09 SV% .918% (Confirmed)

Flames:                          Jonas Hiller                        9-11-1 GAA 3.39 SV% .883% (Probable)

TEAM COMPARISON 

GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% PIM/GP S/GP SA/GP FO%
76 32-38-6 20-16-3 12-22-3 5-4-1 2.74 3.12 16.5 74.5 8.8 29.3 29.0 48.7
75 42-23-10 23-9-5 19-14-5 5-4-1 2.57 2.32 23.4 86.8 12.5 30.6 27.5 51.5

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