Calgary's 7-4 comeback victory last night in Game 6 of the First Round vs. Vancouver punched them a ticket to the Second Round and a date with the Ducks. The series schedule, which has yet to be released, will begin at Honda Center sometime later next week. Earlier today, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau shared his thoughts on what he expects in Anaheim's Second Round series vs. the Calgary Flames via conference call.
On the challenges the Flames present
It’s a different challenge. I don’t think they’re as big or physical as Winnipeg, but they skate and compete just as hard, or better. They’re a smaller team by size, but a lot quicker. Those are going to be definite challenges for us.
On matchups and personnel vs. Calgary
We’re playing a different team, so sometimes there are different matchups. Some guys are better in the lineup than other guys. Some guys have played really good against Calgary and have had success against them, so that will come into play. We’ll sit down with the coaches either today or tomorrow morning. We’ll figure it out on what we think is the best thing to do. All of these things are set up for Game 1. They’re not set up for anything because nobody knows how it’s going to turn out.
On the difficulty of making a lineup change when the team is playing well
It’s a tough thing to do, but at the same time, everybody on our team knows we’re a 20-plus team. Everybody is going to be used. The further we go, you’ve got a good chance of playing. You’re basically all for one, one for all. Everybody wants to play, but at the same time, if somebody had to sit out, they’d understand.
On Calgary’s resiliency
They’ve been doing it all year. They’re a team that never quits. The minute you think you‘ve got them, they know how to apply an awful lot of pressure. The first time we played them [in Calgary] this year, we had a 2-0 lead going into the third and they ended up scoring three quick goals. We ended up tying it up, but we lost in a shootout. We all watch their games and read about them. We know their capabilities. We know they never quit. It’s going to be a 60-minute game on both sides all the time.
On the importance of holding onto leads
We’re hoping that if we get a lead, we’ll hold onto it. But at the same time, looking around the league, there have been an awful lot of leads in the playoffs that haven’t been able to be held onto. Nashville has had a couple, Vancouver had a couple. In today’s day and age, with the rules, you can’t just sit back and play defense. There is too much parity and too many things can happen when the puck is in your zone.
On Calgary’s play with the puck
They’re pretty dangerous with the puck. They have some guys who can skate. Their defense is extremely active, probably the most active in the league. Even though Winnipeg’s defense was active, I think these guys are more active. It’s going to be quite a challenge for our forwards to make sure we can come back in front of their defense.
On if Mark Giordano becomes available in this series
I have no idea. I don’t know if they were fooling us, but on TV yesterday they said he should be available for the third round. They said the same thing about Patrick Kane, and he ended up playing right away. They’re keeping mum on the word. We’ll have to play it by ear. If he’s in, we’ll have to adjust. He’s a great player, and would add a lot to their team. We’ll see how it works out.
On if he expects to see both Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo in the series
We’ll game plan for both of them for sure. We’ll go over both of their trends. Quite frankly, if you see both, that’s a good thing for you because that means the other one hasn’t played that well in that moment of time. We will definitely plan for either one being in the net at some point in time.
On if he’s been a part of a long break between series
Not in this league. In the American Hockey League, the layoffs could be quite long. I remember a long time ago we had a 17-day layoff at some point. Over there, there is so much going on about dates in the league and the availability of the building. Sometimes you just had to wait. The team has practiced really well. They’ve stayed motivated. Whether we start Thursday, Friday or whenever, I think our guys will be ready.
On Calgary’s attributes
They have a couple of physical players, but at the same time, we’ve played them five times this year and they’re more of a skating team than a physical team. I’m trying not to say they’re not physical. [Deryk] Engelland, [Brandon] Bollig and [Michael] Ferland … these guys are as physical as anybody in the league, but at the same time, they’re noted more for the [Sean] Monahans, [Jiri] Hudlers, [Johnny] Gaudreaus and guys of that ilk. They’re more a skating team than a crash-and-bash team.
On if the familiarity with Hiller (and vice versa) helps both sides
It’s an even split. He’s seen all of our shooters every day and their tendencies, and we’ve seen his tendencies. I don’t think anybody has an advantage on that.