Game Time - 8:30 p.m. MT
Broadcast - CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports
While the Flames dropped the opening match-up in their quarter-final series against the Anaheim Ducks, the club is upbeat heading into Game 2 on Saturday. A couple of costly errors and penalty trouble resulted in a 3-2 setback to their divisional foes but the group is pleased with their effort in Game 1.
"I think it was a couple of brain cramps here and there that (lost) the game for us," Kris Versteeg explained. "Those things will happen though. Like we talked about, it was game that was high-intensity. It was the first playoff game for a lot of our guys in a long time. The guys are excited about it but now we can settle in and just play hockey coming into Game 2.
"I think everyone in the room believes we can win. That's what you want when you come into a series. You want the belief that you can win and to go home with a split would be huge."
Flames - Goaltender Chad Johnson is day-to-day with a lower body injury. While he won't back up Brian Elliott in Game 2, head coach Glen Gulutzan noted Johnson will likely be able to back up his fellow netminder later on in this series.
Ducks - Anaheim will be without defencemen Cam Fowler (knee), Simon Despres (concussion) and forward Ryan Garbutt (shoulder).
Keep An Eye On - Micheal Ferland
The rugged winger was held off the scoresheet but could be tabbed as the Flames' most dominant forward in Game 1. He put seven shots on net and his even-strength Corsi-For% sat at 71.41, which led all Flames skaters. He was constantly buzzing in the offensive zone and the Ducks were unable to get the puck off his stick when he had possession. He also threw three hits, which tied him with Sam Bennett for the lead among Flames forwards.
"I didn't sense a lot of frustration in our group. I think, if anything, we didn't get the result we wanted. We certainly talked about - before the series started - having to move by wins and loses. Kris Versteeg talked a lot about momentum and being able to move past things quickly. I think our guys have done a good job of that. But we recognize the areas where we needed to improve. I think you'll see throughout the series that we will improve on the areas we need to - we always have and that's what we told our guys." - Glen Gulutzan on the team's mindset after Game 1
"I think that's the big difference in a lot of series - the depth scoring. That can sway a series one way or the other. They've got a heck of a third line over there too. We've got our hands full if we're going to have to try to outplay them. Hopefully we can do that." - Kris Versteeg on his line generating offence in Game 1
"It was an even match, five-on-five. Both teams were playing well. The big difference is the amount of time we spent killing penalties. Take that away and we've got ourselves a pretty good hockey game."- Michael Stone on Game 1