The Flames saw their two-game win streak end after a 4-1 setback in L.A. against the Kings on Saturday night. It was one of those games where things went wrong right from the get-go, Tyler Toffoli opening the scoring for the homeside just 1:15 into the game. The Kings led 1-0 after the first period but Jeff Carter got his first goal of the season just 16 seconds into the second, throwing a puck toward the slot that went off the skate of Mark Giordano and past David Rittich. The Kings added two more in the second period to take a 4-0 stranglehold in the affair. The Flames pushed in the third period - outshooting LA 11-8 - but couldn't solve Jonathan Quick until Mikael Backlund was given a late penalty-shot after being hauled down and ran hard into the boards by Kings defenceman Drew Doughty on a partial breakway coming out of the penalty box. On the PS, he swooped in on his forehand and held the puck, finally snapping it past Quick from a tough angle with 2:10 left in the game. "It's a combination of a lot of things," said Giordano, when asked what went wrong after the tilt. "But the number-one thing coming into a game is you have got to be willing to battle and outwork the other team. I thought they were playing harder than us, for sure, tonight. We can't keep going up and down like this. It starts with myself and everyone has to follow. We gotta be a whole lot better, a whole lot more consistent. It starts with battles and work. I think that was the biggest difference tonight." To a man, the players said they couldn't wait to get back on the ice tonight. "You want to go out there and dictate and when we're at our best we're quick, we're dictating the pace," said Hamonic. "We're not waiting, sitting on our heels waiting to see what's happening. We have to go after it. I think the best thing is we can get right back into it tomorrow night. Immediately. And we'll be ready."
The Ducks have been quacking up a storm to start the season having won three of their last four. In their most recent outing - a 4-2 won over the visiting Hurricanes on Friday - Henrique and Troy Terry scored in the first period, while Silfverberg and Carter Rowney tallied in the second. Ryan Miller made 22 saves for the victory. Two days prior, the Ducks dumped the surging Sabres 5-2 in a physical affair at the Honda Center. Jack Eichel and Victor Olofsson staked the visitors out to a 2-0 lead, with Henrique halfing it before the end of the first. It was all Anaheim after that, wth Henrique adding another, along with tallies from Rakell, Silfverberg and captain Ryan Getzlaf.John Gibson made 31 stops. "We're going to be scoring by committee all season long," said Getzlaf. "We've got a lot of young players that are playing key roles for us and we're going to need them to contribute just as much as everybody." … Speaking of Gibson, he's been simply stellar so far this season and sports a .941 save percentage and a 1.82 GAA in 356:02 of work this season. Odd fact: Gibson is currently tied for the highest career SV% (.922) among all-time NHL goaltenders with at least 200 games played… Getzlaf surpassed Corey Perry (988) for the all-time franchise lead in games played with his 989th career NHL appearance Oct. 11 at Columbus.
3. US vs THEM
Calgary took two of the four games against the Ducks last season outscoring Anaheim 11-to-8 over the series. Sean Monahan led the way for the Flames with four points (2G, 2A) in three games against the Ducks in 2018-19. The Flames penalty kill was 100% against the Ducks last season killing off all eight penalties taken.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flames will finish off their second back-to-back situation of the young season tonight when they face the Ducks in Anaheim. The Flames were 9-1-0 in the first game of a back-to-back last season and 5-5-0 in the second game of the scenario. The Flames next back-to-back will be in early November when the face the Columbus Blue Jackets then the Washington Capitals ... THAT: Tonight, Milan Lucicwill skate in his 900th career NHL game. The 31-year-old has 198 goals and 304 assists for 502 points in his 899 games split between the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, and Flames. Lucic reached hockey glory in 2011 winning the Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins. ... THE OTHER: Another milestone being reached tonight is Rasmus Andersson skating in his 100th career NHL game. Rasmus was drafted by the Flames in the second round (53rd overall) in 2015. The 22-year-old has solidified himself as a full-time NHLer in the past two seasons, skating in 79 games a season ago for the Flames.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
Flames: C Mikael Backlund
The two-way centre scored against the Ducks and is looking to help generate offence with the 3M Line tonight.
Ducks: G John Gibson
The Anaheim 'tender has been dialled in this season and gives his team a chance to win every night. He tends to play especially well in the Honda Center.