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5 THINGS - FLAMES VS. DUCKS

The Flames take on the Ducks on Monday at 2:00 p.m. MT

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (30-24-6) vs. DUCKS (24-27-7)

2:00 p.m. MT | TV: Sportsnet West | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

2019-20 Season Series: 2-0-0

 

Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Johnny Gaudreau (49)
Goals - Elias Lindholm (27)

Ducks:

Points - Ryan Getzlaf (38)
Goals - Adam Henrique (20)

Special Teams:

Flames:

PP - 20.8% (12th) / PK - 81.9% (11th)

Ducks:

PP - 15.1% (28th) / PK - 77.4% (24th)

Advanced Stats:

Flames:

5-on-5 Shot Attempts: 50.2% (13th)

Ducks:

5-on-5 Shot Attempts: 48.8% (21st)

 

Video: Brendan Parker sets up today's game vs. Anaheim

 

1. US

The Flames are looking to bounce back after they dropped an 8-4 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

"It sucks, especially at home," Matthew Tkachuk said afterwards. "Like I said earlier, we want to make this place a really tough place to play and for some reason, right now, we're just not having success. I can't put my finger on it. If I could, we would change it. But you know what, the good thing is we're in the race and we had a great road trip that kept us in it and we have to take care of business at home, we didn't tonight, but have to Monday. We have to take care of it."

Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm each scored twice and David Rittich and Cam Talbot combined for 20 saves in the setback.

"I felt bad for our goalies," Tkachuk said. "We just (gave them) point blankers. They're a really good team off the rush, a really good offensive team. I wouldn't say we fed into them but we weren't good defensively - we gave up eight goals. We weren't good defensively."

The Flames defence corps were without captain Mark Giordano and veteran Travis Hamonic on Saturday night, with both out with injuries. Giordano, out with a lower body injury, is considered week-to-week and has missed the past six games. Hamonic, who suffered an upper body injury on Feb. 8 in Vancouver, has been placed on the injured reserve. In their absence, the likes of Brandon Davidson and Alexander Yelesin have been recalled.

Neither skated on Sunday and both players are expected to miss Monday's matinee match-up.

"Obviously they are two great players, two key players for us," Lindholm said. "We're going to miss players like that, but overall I think the players that come in here have done a really good job and I think (on Saturday) it was everyone. All the details were off. We have to be better."

The Flames are also without defender Juuso Valimaki , who suffered a lower body injury in the off-season. He has been skating on his own since late January.

In addition, Mikael Backlund and Derek Ryan are questionable for Monday's match-up as they both missed Sunday's practice due to illness. If neither forward is able to play, there may be roster changes.

"If we have Backlund and Ryan out of the game, we're losing two penalty killers so for us," interim head coach Geoff Ward noted. "That's a concern we may have to fix by bringing somebody in from Stockton potentially."

 

Video: "We have to have a much better start."

 

2. THEM

The Ducks were in action on Sunday afternoon, picking up a 5-1 win over the Canucks in Vancouver. Adam Henrique (2), Derek Grant, Sam Steel, and Brendan Guhle found the back of the net and John Gibson made 37 stops in the victory.

"I thought we did a pretty good job for the most part," Grant told AnaheimDucks.com afterwards. "(John Gibson) was great when we needed him to be. They have a good team over there. They seem to come in waves throughout the game, and he was sharp when he had to be. We were able to get him some goals to help him out."

"I thought we did a good job finishing," Steel added. "We've been getting chances, but pucks haven't been going in. Whenever you can put up five, it's a big night for the team."

The Ducks were without defenceman Erik Gudbranson (upper body) and forward Ondrej Kase (flu-like symptoms), who are both considered day-to-day with their maladies. They both have missed three games.

The win gives Anaheim a 24-27-7 record and 55 points on the year. They currently sit seventh in the Pacific Division and are 11 points out of a wild card spot in the West.

 

3. US VS. THEM

Monday's tilt will be the third game between the divisional rivals this season. The Flames have won the first two, outscoring the Ducks 8-1 in those games. 

The two teams faced off against one another last week, with the Flames leaving Anaheim with a 6-0 win. Backlund and Mark Jankowski scored twice, Lindholm and Oliver Kylington also chipped in with goals, and Talbot made 44 saves in the victory.

"We got some timely scoring early. I liked the response of our guys," Ward said afterwards. "We talked about how important it was to come out and play a solid first period, get into the game early. I thought the guys did a good job of that."

Talbot's 44-save performance marked the most stops made by a Calgary netminder in a shutout since Dan Bouchard made 45 for the Atlanta Flames against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Apr. 2, 1975.

 

Video: Talbot, Flames power past Ducks in 6-0 rout

 

"I liked his game," was Ward's assessment. He was excellent in here last time and I really felt like he was comfortable tracking the puck and everything was off him and he was following it and I thought it was an easy game for him positionally. I thought he anticipated plays well and I just thought he had himself in positions where he didn't have to react pucks, pucks were just hitting him and that's usually a good sign. So we're really pleased with the game he played."

Talbot was also in net for the Flames' first win over the Ducks this season, backstopping the club to a 2-1 win with 29 saves in October.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: Elias Lindholm extended his point streak to 10 games on Saturday, potting two goals against the Blackhawks to bring him to 27 tallies on the year. During this 10-game stretch, Lindholm has seven goals and 12 points. The point streak matches a career high he set last year from Jan. 7 to Feb. 3, 2019. ... THAT: The Flames have won four of their last five games against the Ducks, dating back to Feb. 22, 2019, and have won their last two meetings at the Scotiabank Saddledome. TJ Brodie and Mikael Backlund lead the Flames against the Ducks this year, with three points each. ... THE OTHER: Matthew Tkachuk is riding a six-game point streak, dating back to Feb. 6. During that stretch, the winger has two goals and six points. Tkachuk is one goal shy of hitting the 20-goal mark for a third straight season.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

Flames - Sam Bennett 

Bennett is coming off one of his best games of the year, netting two goals and putting three shots on in net in his 15:07 of ice time against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. The 23-year-old, who has three points in his last four skates, now has seven goals and 11 points through 42 games this season.

 

Ducks - Ryan Getzlaf

After a rough outing against the Flames last week, with Getzlaf going -5 in his 16:30 of ice time, the Ducks leading scorer will be looking to redeem himself in the rematch. He picked up an assist on Sunday afternoon, giving him his 38th point in his 56th game of the year.

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