GOING FOR THE SPLIT
The Flames dropped a 3-2 decision in Game 1 on Thursday, a loss which they attributed to a couple of key errors and penalty woes. A bad line change in the second period allowed the Ducks to tie the game when they scored on a 3-on-0 rush and the game-winner was a power play tally from Jakob Silfverberg, coming off of Anaheim's fifth opportunity with the man advantage. The Flames would end up taking seven penalties in the setback and are focused on playing a more discplined game this evening.
"There's going to be some positives out of this game," coach Glen Gulutzan said post-game. "There's going to be some learning out of this game. We're a young group. We took notice of their start. The discipline.
"Not unlike our season, we started off taking too many penalties. We have to close that down here quicker in the playoffs."
FLAMES CAREER LEADERS VS. ANAHEIM IN THE PLAYOFFS
Games Played - Alex Chiasson (7)
Goals - Sam Bennett, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan (2)
Assists - Dennis Wideman (3)
Points - Gaudreau, Wideman (3)
Penalty Minutes - Deryk Engelland (6)
FLAMES CAREER PLAYOFF LEADERS
Games Played - Troy Brouwer (99)
Goals - Kris Versteeg (17)
Assists - Wideman (31)
Points - Versteeg (46)
Penalty Minutes - Brouwer (85)
Wins - Brian Elliott (15)
As per HockeyStats.ca, the Flames' even-strength Corsi For sat at 51 in Game 1, besting the Ducks' 46. The line of Micheal Ferland (72.41%), Johnny Gaudreau (71.43%) and Sean Monahan (67.74%) were particularly effective during even-strength play, leading all Flames in Corsi For%.
ON THIS DAY IN FLAMES PLAYOFF HISTORY
Team Record For Apr. 15 Playoff Games - 4-3
Most Recent Apr. 15 Playoff Game: The last time the Flames played a postseason game on Apr. 15 was in 2015 when they downed the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their first round series against their divisional rivals. Kris Russell scored the game-winner in the 2-1 victory at Rogers Arena. The Flames would go on to win the series in six games.
FLAMES PLAYOFF MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Troy Brouwer needs 1 game for 100.