FGD 16: Headed to Disneyland (8:30pm MT, SN West)

After three days off, the Calgary Flames (9-5-1, 19 points) try to continue their winning ways when they visit the Anaheim Ducks (6-7-3, 15 points). It’s a big Pacific Division tilt with two key points on the line.

It’s a late start: 8:30 p.m. MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Put some coffee on!

The Flames

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Gaudreau – Monahan – Lindholm
Tkachuk – Backlund – Neal
Bennett – Ryan – Frolik
Peluso – Jankowski – Czarnik

Giordano – Brodie
Hanifin – Hamonic

Valimaki – Andersson

Mike Smith starts for the Flames, backed up by David Rittich. The healthy scratches are Garnet Hathaway, Dalton Prout and Michael Stone. Anthony Peluso, summoned from Stockton earlier today, is projected to play.

The Flames have kept their opponents to less than 10 high-danger scoring chances in each of the past five games. They’ve won four in a row (and the game before that was an overtime loss). It’s easy to say, but the Flames just need to keep playing their game, keeping their defensive game tight, and wait for  their opponents to make mistakes.

The top line of Gaudreau, Monahan and Lindholm are red-hot. The hope is the remaining forward units can start to get going, as well.

The Ducks

Projected lines, via Daily Faceoff:

Silfverberg – Getzlaf – Eaves
Cogliano – Kesler – Sherwood
Rakell – Henrique – Aberg
Gibbons – Carrick – Street

Fowler – Welinski
Larsson – Lindholm
Pettersson – Montour

Since John Gibson started (and lost) last night against the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Miller suits up for the Ducks tonight. The Ducks scratched Chase de Leo, Luke Schenn and Isac Lundestrom last night, so at least one or two of them probably rotate in tonight.

The Ducks hosted the Kings last night and lost 4-1. So a rested Flames team gets to face a sub-.500 team that lost yesterday. There are no excuses for a flat start for the visitors.

The Numbers

Wins 9 6
Points 19 15
Corsi Close 54.3% 42.3%
Power Play 16.7% 17.1%
Penalty Kill 72.0% 81.1%

Injury Report

The Flames are without Dillon Dube, who’s working through the concussion protocol.

The Ducks are without Josh Manson (upper body), Carter Rowney (undisclosed), Corey Perry (knee), Maxime Comtois (undisclosed), Ondrej Kase (concussion) and Nick Ritchie (upper body).

History Lesson

This is the first game of four this season between the Flames and Ducks. They don’t play again until February, though.

Know Thy Enemy

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  • DoooieStevens

    Mike Smith needs to go. Grow a set of nuts Peter’s and or Treliving and let him sit in the press box..waive him..trade him..or just send him to the AHL. This team has oodles and oodles of potential and offensive dynamics. I would like to see a trade to bring in someone who can play o the third or fourth line and brings some toughness. Kassian would be good, as much as he is an Oiler. Just stops the liberties. Neal and Tkchuck are not much of a deterrent, Hathaway is terrible, and Peluso is ok to fill in once in awhile but not good enuf. Too bad Reaves didnt sign here.

  • The Sultan

    Is anyone else sick of Johnny Gaudreau getting hacked and slashed at EVERY SINGLE GAME. I don’t care if he’s drawing penalties I want it to fing stop. The next person to even breathe on #13 needs to be lined up and taken out! Someone needs to step up and send a message, consistently, that if you mess with our best player you’re going to get burned.