Calgary's penalty-kill finished the season at a stellar 81.6%, good for 12th in the NHL. The penalty-kill was 6.1% better than last year and 18 spots higher in the league standings. The shorthanded success has been especially apparent recently as the team put together the league's strongest penalty-kill since March 1 at 88.5% with only six goals allowed in 52 times shorthanded in that span.
The powerplay has also been a renewed source of strength for the Flames this season. Calgary had the 10th best efficiency with the man-advantage in 2016-17 at 20.2%, which was 3.2% better than in 2015-16 when their powerplay ranked 22nd in the league. The unit started the season slowly but since Dec. 1, the Flames have ranked in the NHL's top-five with a 24.7% mark, highlighted by a run from Dec. 2 to Jan. 6 where they scored at least one powerplay goal in 13 of 15 games.
PLAYOFF HIGHLIGHTS vs. ANAHEIM
Lance Bouma made his NHL post-season debut on May 8, 2015 against Anaheim.
Alex Chiasson, as a member of the Dallas Stars, played his first NHL playoff game on April 16, 2014 at the Honda Center and recorded his first post-season point that night. He then scored his first playoff goal on April17 against the Ducks.
FLAMES CAREER PLAYOFF LEADERS
Games played - Troy Brouwer (98)
Goals - Kris Versteeg (17)
Assists - Dennis Wideman (31)
Points- Versteeg (44)
Penalty minutes - Brouwer (85)
Wins - Brian Elliott (15)
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Troy Brouwer needs 2 playoff games for 100 in his career.
SUDDEN DEATH STATS
In the regular season, Calgary had 11 games settled in overtime, while Anaheim had 13. The Flames went 9-2 in the extra frame, while the Ducks went 3-10. The home/road overtime splits for Calgary were 4-0 at home and 5-2 away from the Dome, while Anaheim was 3-2 in overtime at the Honda Center and 0-8 on the road.
The last time the two teams' met in the playoffs was in the 2015 Western Conference Semifinals, where the Ducks won Game 1 6-1, en route to a 4-1 series win to advance to the Western Conference Finals. In 2006, the Flames skated away with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarter-finals. The Ducks would go on to win the series 4-3.
Tonight's game will be on CBC (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (radio) at 8:30 p.m. M.T.