FLAMES LEADING SCORERS
|Player || |
|Iginla ||33 ||16 ||22 ||38 |
|Cammalleri ||32 ||11 ||15 ||26 |
|Langkow ||33 ||9 ||14 ||23 || |
Season Series: 0-1-0
Last Five: 2-0-3
|vs. || |
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last Five: 3-2-0
DUCKS LEADING SCORERS
|Player || |
|Getzlaf ||32 ||13 ||24 ||37 |
|Perry ||33 ||9 ||20 ||29 |
|Selanne ||33 ||14 ||13 ||27 |
Ducks vs. Flames
7 p.m. MT
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.