FGD Round 2, Game 2: Do-Over (8pm MT, SN West)

After arguably the biggest spanking they’ve received from a team since last season, the Calgary Flames are back in action at the Honda Center tonight against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semi-Final series!

The Ducks fed the upstart Flames a hefty piece of humble pie on Thursday, defeatingly them handily by a 6-1 score in a game that was never close. Now, 72 hours later, the Flames are hoping that a couple days of rest and some work on various aspects of their game can help them escape Orange County with a series split.

If not, they’ll face a tall order coming back from a 2-0 series deficit against a confident Anaheim team.

The puck drops after 8pm MT on Sportsnet West (with Paul Romanuk and Mike Johnson) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias).

THE FLAMES

Projected lines:

Gaudreau – Monahan – Hudler
Bennett – Backlund – Colborne
Bollig – Stajan – Jones
Raymond – Jooris – Shore

Russell – Wideman
Brodie – Engelland
Schlemko – Diaz

Following two truncated outings for Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo starts for the Flames. He got the victory in relief in Game 6 against Vancouver and makes his first career post-season start. Micheal Ferland and Raphael Diaz appear to be game-time decisions. Jiri Hudler will reportedly play, as will Dennis Wideman, who missed practice yesterday.

The odd men out, based on reports from practice and my own shady guess-work, appear to be Tyler Wotherspoon, Markus Granlund and David Wolf. Injured bodies include Ferland, Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, Ladislav Smid and Mark Giordano. Giordano and Bouma have been skating though, with Giordano joining the main group yesterday in a non-contact jersey.

The key for the Flames tonight? Regain some confidence and keep the game close. The Ducks got to the center of the ice with ease on Thursday, using their size and speed. The Flames will need to use theirs in order to stem the tide and perhaps steal a game. Oh, and Karri Ramo will need to be very sharp in his first start in awhile.

THE DUCKS

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:

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No changes are expected for the home side. Frederik Andersen gets the start.

The Ducks are a poised and confident bunch, having won (a) five straight playoff games, (b) their last three home games and (c) 10 of their past 12 games overall. The key for the Ducks will be to score first and ride the wave of momentum to put some distance between themselves and Calgary. If the Flames are allowed to hang around in a game, they can come back. It would behoove the Ducks to put the Flames back a few goals early, as they did in Game 1.

THE NUMBERS

Post-Season Calgary Anaheim
Wins 4 5
Power Play 23.8% 33.3%
Penalty Kill 75.0% 87.5%
Corsi 45.6% 52.9%
Corsi Close 44.6% 52.7%
Faceoffs 49.8% 53.5%
PDO 100.1 103.8

SUM IT UP

If the Calgary Flames have designs on winning this series, they need to steal a win in Anaheim. To do that, they’ll have to be a whole lot better than they were on Thursday.

  • Agent Orange

    Shouldn’t that Ducks fan they keep showing be looking after his family farms, his 4 wives and 16 children in a time where California is going through such a drought?

  • Agent Orange

    Wonder how many other teams would let their board be over run with trolls in the playoffs. Wake up mods, this is pathetic on your parts! This whole damn thing was nothing but those retards tonight. And yeah this game sucked as well! F@$@!

  • Burnward

    Lots of tears on the red mile tonight…….

    But enjoy it! A hard working team that (over achieved this year) that’s an honour able thing! Win or lose your playing 2nd round hockey when everyone at the start of the year thought you’d be a lottery team!

    Enjoy the moment it’s still good even when it’s a loss

  • Franko J

    The Flames just cannot win in Anaheim. Hopefully the fans can give the team a boost for the game on Tuesday. So far in the playoffs the team has not played well on the road.

  • Agent Orange

    The one thing I will say is those 80s oiler teams were the best teams of all time, we had good teams but the oilers were great

    You guys have an embarrassment of riches and will be great in a few years.

    • Agent Orange

      I have now joined Walter White. People impersonating me. Lol. Actually the Islanders of the 80s were the greatest and the Oilers have an embarrassment alright.

  • Agent Orange

    On a more positive note, for whatever reason, we play them much better at home. I’m not counting us out yet. We’ve been finding a way all year long. If we can win the next two games it might give us enough momentum to spill over into game five in Anaheim where we can *cross fingers* mercifully put this curse behind us.

  • BigMcD

    Disappointing loss. I see Hartley’s strategy at getting his top guys motivated and I like it. I also know that Calgary’s offense comes from their back end, however i think they should have cooled the D jumping up in the rush till midway through the game. Plus side to this series: we lose we pick 15th, win and we pick 26-30. Great development year all in all (plus can you believe Treliving got picks at the deadline? Great discipline on that one.)

    PS don’t feed the trolls guys.

    • Agent Orange

      Shouldn’t you be saving your posts for the Canucks game day thread? Oh, wait…

      So I guess your bitter we beat your team now you have to get your jollies by hanging out on our board and getting under our skin. Maybe go ask mommy for some more allowance and get out of the basement once in a while