Ducks Vs. Flames Primer


Well, Flames fans here is the season.
We received great help last night with losses by the Blackhawks, Predators and Stars, but now it’s all up to the teams on the ice, as the Calgary Flames prepare to host the Anaheim Ducks tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
History is on the Flames’ side as Anaheim (43-28-5), who has beaten Calgary (38-28-11) in all three games (in overtime) this season, has never swept a season series between the two.
That may be true (and slightly optimistic because I’d like the Flames to continue its improbable route to the playoffs), but the Ducks are red hot right now. The team has won 11 of its past 14 games, with Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf combining for 55 points in those games.
There is also the old man wonder, Teemu Selanne (
The 40-year-old is playing his best hockey in years, as he’s already posted 18 points this month. Adding to Calgary’s concern is that he’s scored the game-tying third period goal in both of the past two games between the teams (hence my comment yesterday about him hopefully being detained on his way into town, which didn’t come to fruition).
Here are some pre-game comments, courtesy of
Seventh-place Anaheim is four points up on ninth-place Calgary, which is 22-12-4 at home this season, so this is desperation time for the Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff will get the start in net, despite allowing eight goals in his last two games against the Ducks.
His 3.86 GAA during his past six starts is alarming, but if there were ever a time for him to step up and steal a game, I’m thinking tonight would be ideal.
Ray Emery, with his five-straight wins and 1.88 GAA since being called up from the minors, will counter for Anaheim.
I’m really not sure how this game will play out, but at least the answer will come from the Flames themselves, as opposed to the out-of-town scoreboard.