After a rocky start to their home opener on Saturday, the Flames came out strong in the second period and ended up defeating the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 6-3. Johnny Gaudreau and TJ Brodie picked up four points each in the Flames' first win of the year and currently lead Calgary in scoring.
The Flames will look to build off the last 40:00 of that game when they head into tonight's tilt at the Honda Center. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m. MT, with Sportsnet Flames carrying the TV broadcast and Sportsnet 960 The FAN carrying the radio broadcast.
HUNTING FOR A WIN AT THE HONDA CENTER
The Flames are pushing to snap a lengthy losing skid in Anaheim tonight. Calgary has dropped 25 straight regular season games at the Honda Center, with their last win coming on Jan. 19, 2004. Their last playoff win in Anaheim came on Apr. 25, 2006 when they downed the Ducks 5-2 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final.
SMITH MAKING A STATEMENT
New netminder Mike Smith has turned in two superb performances to kick off the 2017-18 season. The veteran has allowed just five goals on the 72 shots he has faced thus far, posting a 2.52 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Mark Giordano is one goal shy of 100 in his career. Calgary's captain has 99 goals, 242 assists and 341 points in 675 regular season games. Once he nets his 100th goal, he will be the only Flames defencemen on the current roster to have acheived that milestone.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. ANAHEIM
As a member of the Florida Panthers, Michael Frolik collected his first point against the Ducks on Nov. 9, 2008.
Mikael Backlund scored his first short-handed playoff goal against Anaheim on Apr. 15, 2017.
Eddie Lack made a career-high 45 saves against the Ducks on Jan. 5, 2017.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mark Giordano needs 1 goal for 100.
Mike Smith needs 4 wins for 200.
Mikael Backlund needs 5 goals for 100.
The Flames only have one player sidelined due to injury: forward Marek Hrivik is skating with the team but has not been cleared to play.
The Ducks have several players nursing injuries ahead of tonight's match-up: Ryan Getzlaf (lower body), Nick Ritchie (lower body), Patrick Eaves (lower body), and Ryan Miller (upper body) missed Saturday's game and are listed as day-to-day. Getzlaf will take warm-ups but will be a game-time decision. Hampus Lindholm (shoulder), Ryan Kesler (hip), and Sami Vatanen (shoulder) have missed both games this year and have longer timelines to return to action.