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This Means War – Flames vs Ducks Game 3 Preview

Okay, so the road games haven't gone to plan. Can the Flames turn the series around in the Saddledome?



Anaheim Ducks @ Calgary Flames – Round 2 Game 3 – 7:30pm MT

Sportsnet, USA Network

Right. Two games down. Aggregate score of 9-1. Shut out in Game 2 (recap/stats).

Make no ends about it, the Flames are in a sticky spot. Some of it their own doing, some of it down to just how good this Anaheim team is. It is going to be tough to turn this around. That said, the Flames have a poor track record in the Ponda, but they have already beaten the Ducks twice in Calgary this year. They realistically need to do it another three times.

A lot hinges on players standing up and being accountable. Can they do it? Of course. Will they? We will know later tonight.

Time to saddle up, boys.

Playoff Leaders

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
4-4 Playoffs 6-0
0-2 Series 2-0
Goal Differential
-4 Playoffs +15
-8 Series +8
Time On Ice
Dennis Wideman (26:55/gm) Defence Francois Beauchemin (23:01/gm)
Sean Monahan (19:28/gm) Offence Ryan Getzlaf (20:49/gm)
Kris Russell (25:46/gm) Defence Francois Beauchemin (22:00/gm)
Matt Stajan (18:50/gm) Offence Ryan Getzlaf (18:07/gm)
Jiri Hudler (3)
Sam Bennett (3)
Goals Corey Perry (5)
Johnny Gaudreau (4)
Dennis Wideman (4)
Assists Corey Perry (8)
Ryan Getzlaf (8)
Jiri Hudler (6)
Johnny Gaudreau (6)
Points Corey Perry (13)
Sam Bennett (1) Goals Corey Perry (2)
Matt Beleskey (2)
Deryk Engelland (1) Assists Ryan Getzlaf (5)
Sam Bennett (1)
Deryk Engelland (1)
Points Corey Perry (6)
Ryan Getzlaf (6)
Special Teams
20.8% Powerplay 26.3%
5 Powerplay Goals For 5
79.2% Penalty Kill 89.5%
5 PK Goals Conceded 2
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
0% Powerplay 25%
0 Powerplay Goals For 2
75% Penalty Kill 100%
2 PK Goals Conceded 0
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Mikael Backlund (26) Shots On Goal Corey Perry (26)
Jiri Hudler (27.3%) Shot % Nate Thompson (50%)
Mikael Backlund (8) Shots On Goal Corey Perry (10)
Sam Bennett (33%) Shot % Hampus Lindholm (33%)
Emerson Etem (33%)
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (59.52%) Playoffs Ryan Kesler (60.99%)
Josh Jooris (59%) Series Nate Thompson (73.91%)
Deryk Engelland (46) PIM Tim Jackman (12)
Micheal Ferland (43) Hits Matt Beleskey (25)
Kris Russell (36) Blocked Shots Clayton Stoner (14)
Brandon Bollig (14) PIM Tim Jackman (12)
David Jones (10) Hits Matt Beleskey (8)
Kris Russell (8) Blocked Shots Sami Vatanen (7)
5v5 Corsi/Fenwick
(minimum 10mins per game played)
David Schlemko (54.72%, 8gp)
David Jones (49.52%, 8gp)
Corsi For % Simon Despres (57.8%, 6gp)
Andrew Cogliano (57.24%, 6gp)
Micheal Ferland (58.7%, 7gp)
David Schlemko (58.25%, 8gp)
Fenwick For % Andrew Cogliano (61.82%, 6gp)
Francois Beauchemin (58.23%, 6gp)
Josh Jooris (64.86%, 2gp)
David Schlemko (60.98%, 2gp)
Corsi For % Matt Beleskey (62.96%, 2gp)
Ryan Getzlaf (59.57%, 2gp)
David Schlemko (66.67%, 2gp)
Josh Jooris (65.52%, 2gp)
Fenwick For % Matt Beleskey (58.97%, 2gp)
Ryan Getzlaf (58.97%, 2gp)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (.919)
Karri Ramo (.907)
All Situations Frederik Andersen (.942)
Karri Ramo (.926)
Jonas Hiller (.914)
Even Strength
5 on 5
Frederik Andersen (.942)
Karri Ramo (.907)
Jonas Hiller (.786)
All Situations Frederik Andersen (.982)
Karri Ramo (.917)
Jonas Hiller (.727)
Even Strength
5 on 5
Frederik Andersen (.978)

Potential Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)

After making two changes to the forwards for game two, Bob Hartley has reverted back to the line combinations that got him through the first round to begin with. Karri Ramo, who was stellar in Game 2, retains hold of the starter’s reigns. Raphael Diaz, who was a game time decision last time, but ultimately unable to go, is ready to return tonight, meaning Tyler Wotherspoon, as the Flames’ least experienced defenceman, draws out.

Meanwhile, the Ducks remain the Ducks, continuing to frolic about in their success with their same lineup. Disgusting.

Anaheim Ducks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Patrick Maroon Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Andrew Cogliano Rickard Rakell Kyle Palmieri
Emerson Etem Nate Thompson Tim Jackman
Left Defence Right Defence
Hampus Lindholm Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler Simon Despres
Clayton Stoner Sami Vatanen
Frederik Andersen
Jason LaBarbera
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Joe Colborne
Micheal Ferland Matt Stajan David Jones
Brandon Bollig Josh Jooris Mason Raymond
Left Defence Right Defence
TJ Brodie Deryk Engelland
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
David Schlemko Raphael Diaz
Karri Ramo
Jonas Hiller

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be clutching at straws.

by Liam McCausland