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Sam Bennett and the Flames try to end the futility in Anaheim: Flames vs Ducks Preview 3/30/2016

The Flames haven't won a game in Anaheim since 2006.



Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks, 10 PM ET, Honda Center, Anaheim CA

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

2006. That’s the last time the Flames won a game in Anaheim. Since 2006 the Flames are an unthinkable 0-20 at the Honda Center. Some kids have a boogey man in their closet or under their bed. The Flames boogey man lives in Anaheim CA and it doesn’t matter who’s on that Ducks roster. It’s a nightmare either way and on paper, tonight doesn’t look much better. Anaheim has outscored the Flames 17-9 and lead season series 4-0. Not helping is Calgary’s last place penalty kill goes up against the league’s best power play. The Flames have also given up the most goals against this season while, surprise, the Ducks have given up the least amount of goals in the NHL this season. And let’s not forget that Johnny Gaudreau, Jykri Jokipakka and Josh Jooris are still listed as Day to Day with various injuries. It all adds up to a continued nightmare for the Flames in sunny California, but as they say, that’s why they play the games. The good news? The Flames don’t play Anaheim again this season. There has to be some good news right? Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
32-37-6 Record 42-23-10
70 Points 94
5th Pacific Division 2nd Pacific
9th West (tie) Conference 3rd West
5-5 Last 10 Games 5-5
208 Goals For 193
237 Goals Against 174
Gaudreau (28) Goals Perry (31)
Gaudreau (73) Points Getzlaf (59)
Ramo (.909) SV % Andersen (.920)
25th (16.5%) PP 1st (23.4%)
30th (74.5%) PK 1st (86.8)

The Flames last played on Monday night and handled the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. This was the Flames first win over Arizona this season making the season series record for the year 1-4. Sean Monahan netted 2 and Sam Bennett ended an 18 game streak without a goal by putting in 2 of his own. Here's the highlights:

Anaheim last played on Monday night and squeaked by the Edmonton Oilers 2-1. John Gibson led the way for the Ducks by stopping 27 of 29 shots that came his way. Corey Perry and Brandon Pirri found the back of the net for the Ducks with their only goals in the win. Here's the highlights:

Starting Goalies

Calgary Flames

Joni Ortio (expected): 5-8-4, GAA: 2.76, SV% .903

Anaheim Ducks

Frederik Andersen (expected): 21-9-7, GAA: 2.29, SV% .920

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames: Sean Monahan (F), 7 points in last 5 games (3 goals, 4 assists)

Anaheim Ducks: Frederik Andersen (G), 3-1-1 in last 5 games, 14 goals allowed


Calgary Flames: Karri Ramo, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Smid, Johnny Gaudreau, Josh Jooris, Jyrki Jokipakka

Anaheim Ducks: Korbinian Holzer, Kevin Bieksa, Simon Despres, David Perron

by Mark Parkinson