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Game Day: Calgary hosts Anaheim

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Regular Season
Iginla 33 16 22 38
Cammalleri 32 11 15 26
Langkow 33 9 14 23

Record: 18-11-4
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last Five: 2-0-3

Record: 18-12-3
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last Five: 3-2-0

Regular Season
Getzlaf 32 13 24 37
Perry 33 9 20 29
Selanne 33 14 13 27

Ducks vs. Flames
7 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
Sportsnet West and The Fan 960

The Anaheim Ducks make their season debut in Calgary at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Tuesday. After a 4-3 loss last night in Vancouver, they will be hungry for a win to end their four-day trip through western Canada on a high note.

Much of the Canucks' success was the amount of penalties the Ducks drew. They gave the Canucks ten power play opportunities and totaled 30 minutes in the penalty box.

The Ducks rank 11th in penalty killing where the Flames's strength is the penalty-killing unit and staying out of the box. One month ago, the Flames allowed four power-play goals in a 6-1 loss to San Jose. But since then, the penalty-killing unit has been almost flawless, and the Flames' record was 8-5 after the St. Louis Blues matchup.

The key to success for the Flames—in addition to solid defensemen like Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr—has been a fast and versatile group of forwards.

"I think we have a lot more speed up front this year," Regehr told the Calgary Herald. "They really make it hard for the power-play units because they get on them quickly and don't give them as much time to set up...I also think our guys have done a good job killing the penalty up ice and in the neutral zone. They're really aggressive...I'm a big fan of killing the penalty in the neutral zone or offensive zone."

Calgary has won eight of its last ten home games against Anaheim, but has lost six of the last eight overall meetings. The Ducks have won three in a row in the series, including the last game, a 3-2 home victory on November. 2. The Ducks snapped the Flames' six game winning streak which was the longest of any team in the NHL so far this season.

"It's (was) tough to see our streak end, but we've got to be sharper off the start," Iginla said of the last matchup. "I thought we made a game of it, but we wanted to win. We'll get back to it next game."

Miikka Kiprusoff continues to be solid and is 4-2-2 with 2.33 goals against average this month. He is 8-7-0 with a goals against average of 2.77 against the Ducks overall. He stopped 34 out of 37 shots in Anaheim last November.

Jean-Sebastian Giguere is expected to start tonight. While he returned to the Ducks lineup on Sunday, the team still rested him last night after missing a week to attend his father's funeral in Quebec. Giguere's overall record against the Flames is 13-8-2 with a 2.21 goals against average.

The Ducks will head back to California for Christmas before going back on the road.

After Friday's loss, the Flames fell to second place in the Northwest and down to fifth in the Western Conference. The Ducks are currently in sixth place overall and one point behind the Flames.


For the Flames…


David Moss scored his tenth goal of the season against the 'hawks on Friday. He is the fourth Flame to reach double digits in goal-scoring so far this season. His current record ties his career high he had during his rookie season in 2006. In the last month he has scored seven points in his last 13 games including a goal and an assist against the Detroit Red Wings in his home state of Michigan.

For the Ducks...


While Teemu Selanne is sidelined with a lacerated thigh, Bobby Ryan has been fantastic filling in on the Ducks' first line. He's registered 14 points in 16 games with a +9 rating. Despite Monday night's loss, he matched a career high by scoring a power-play goal and two assists. Since his NHL debut on November 16, he leads all NHL rookies in scoring.


Curtis Glencross is not expected to return to the lineup until some time after Christmas. Jamie Lundmark who recorded two assists in three games was sent back to Quad City on Saturday.
Brett Sutter was called up from the Quad City Flames on Monday and is expected to make his NHL debut against the Ducks. He has one goal and six assists in 28 games so far. The 21-year-old is the son of Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter and one of two second-generation Sutters currently playing in the NHL. His cousin Brandon plays for the Carolina Hurricanes. If he plays tonight, he will be the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.
Jarome Iginla picked up his 800th career point when he assisted Rene Bourque on the first goal of Friday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
After Friday's matchup, Rene Bourque is now 11-8-33. He has recorded five points in the last four games.
On the flipside, Todd Marchant played his 1,000th game against the Canucks on Monday. He's the 233rd player to make such an achievement in the NHL.



Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Miikka Kiprusoff needs six wins to take over second place on the Flames all-time wins list
Jarome Iginla needs seven games for 900
Jarome Iginla needs 10 goals for 400


D Jim Vandermeer (ankle), F Wayne Primeau (foot), F Curtis Glencross (knee), and F Brandon Prust (jaw) continue to be sidelined.

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