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Ducks at Flames [First Round – Game 4]

Win or go home time



The Calgary Flames played their most disappointing game of the year last game as they were up by a score of four to one only to lose by a final score of five to four in overtime. That loss puts them in a three game hole and they now need to win four straight against the Anaheim Ducks. Should they win tonight, they’ll head back to the Honda Center, where the team is allegedly cursed.

There will be lineup changes for the Flames tonight. Lance Bouma and Curtis Lazar will switch places while Freddie Hamilton draws in for Matt Stajan. They’ll be along side Troy Brouwer who has managed to make every single forward he’s played with this year worse. Swapping Bouma and Lazar is a bit of a gamble while swapping Stajan out with Hamilton is a move that is in no way, shape, or form a quality decision based on just about every metric available.

Many people were hoping to see Chad Johnson in net tonight in place of Brian Elliott. Their wishes will not come true – the Flames are sticking with Elliott tonight. John Gibson starts for the Ducks despite being pulled in their last match.

Here goes nothing. It's win or go home for the Flames. Whatever happens, it's been a fun ride.

Anaheim Ducks Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Rickard Rakell Ryan Getzlaf Patrick Eaves
Andrew Cogliano Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie Antoine Vermette Corey Perry
Chris Wagner Nate Thompson Logan Shaw
Left Defence Right Defense
Hampus Lindholm Brandon Montour
Shea Theodore Kevin Bieksa
Korbinian Holzer Josh Manson
John Gibson
Jonathan Bernier

Calgary Flames Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Matthew Tkachuk Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Kris Versteeg Sam Bennett Alex Chiasson
Curtis Lazar Freddie Hamilton Troy Brouwer
Left Defence Right Defense
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie Michael Stone
Matt Bartkowski Deryk Engelland
Brian Elliott
Chad Johnson

by Les Mavus