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Game Primer: Flames Host Ducks

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames
FLAMES LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Iginla 51 20 38 58
Cammalleri 50 26 23 49
Langkow 51 16 23 39

Record: 30-17-4
Season Series: 1-1-0
Last Five: 2-3-0

vs. Anaheim Ducks

Record:
26-24-5
Season Series: 1-1-0
Last Five: 3-2-0
DUCKS LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Getzlaf 54 18 44 62
Perry 51 19 28 47
Niedermayer, S. 55 6 30 36

Ducks vs. Flames
1 p.m. MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
TV: PPV
Radio: The Fan 960

THE MATCH-UP

There's no point in sugarcoating the Flames had a bad week. They lost both road games against Colorado and Dallas on Monday and Tuesday, and got swept by the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Thursday. They lost three in a row for the first time since November 2007.

Their earlier losses prompted a closed door meeting with General Manager Darryl Sutter on Tuesday night, followed by another team meeting with team captain Jarome Iginla, and Coach Mike Keenan smashed his stick in two out of frustration during the Thursday morning skate.

The team knows they need to improve offensively especially after Thursday's contest against the Chicago Blackhawks who swept the Flames 4-0 this season. They were able to kill all seven penalties, but failed to score in all five power play chances. Likewise, the Flames went 1-for-20 with the man advantage against the Hawks in all four games.

"There’s no reason to think we can’t get better cause we are going to have to get better," Keenan said. "Our important part of our success is everyone contributing...When you have a group like (Eric) Nystrom, (Dustin) Boyd, and (Andre) Roy come up and score goals, they are out there killing penalties, and blocking shots, the rest of the team is really supportive."

The Flames are now looking forward to the Anaheim Ducks in a Saturday afternoon showdown at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Ducks too haven't been playing very well and are eager to avoid their third straight loss on their three game road trip. They lost 2-4 against the Nashville Predators on Thursday with Corey Perry scoring both goals in that contest. Jean-Sebastian Giguere made 30 saves and played his first full game since January 14.

The Flames lost their first meeting against the Ducks in Anaheim in November 2, but were able to beat them 4-3 at home. When Anaheim last visited on December 23, Brett Sutter scored his first NHL goal. Mark Giordano and Mike Cammalleri followed to give Calgary a two-goal lead, and the Flames hung on for the win to move past Vancouver into first place in the Northwest Division where they have remained since. David Moss also scored for Calgary and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 30 shots.

These next six weeks will be crucial especially when 12 of their next 17 games will be played on the road which is where Calgary hasn't been so hot. After they host the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, they head out for a three-game road trip starting in Anaheim. Later in March, they will have travel on a seven-game road trip.

"We just have to move on and forget these past few games and just start playing better hockey,"Eric Nystrom said. "We just need to get focused and get back on the same page and get our game back the way it needs to be successful."

Today's game is also the annual 'Jersey Off Our Back' game where 24 random fans are selected to come down to ice level and receive a jersey off one of the team's backs after the game.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

For the Flames…

Todd Bertuzzi
Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi scored his 13th goal on Thursday. He’s recorded two goals and two assists in the last six games after being out for two weeks with a hip flexor injury. He has 24 career points (11 goals, 13 assists) against his former team.

For the Ducks...

Corey Perry
Perry

While the Ducks are fighting to be a playoff contender, Corey Perry has been continuing to produce points for the team. He scored both goals in the 4-2 loss against the Preds in his third multi-point game this season. He has ten goals and 15 points since January and is eight shy of 100 career assists.


PREVIOUS GAME


Calgary 2, Chicago 5
Thursday, February 5, 2009

Calgary extended its losing streak to a season high three games. Chicago scored a controversial goal 0:42 seconds in to the game when it appeared that David Bolland took a cross ice pass and put the puck in with his hands. Todd Bertuzzi evened the score when he buried a highlight reel goal on a breakaway after the perfect feed that split the defencemen from Jarome Iginla. Former Calgary Hitmen Andrew Ladd restored Chicago's one goal lead before Dion Phaneuf jumped up in the play and fired a wrist shot to the top corner at 14:05 of the first to tie things at 2-2. Chicago's Adam Burish scored the eventual winner on a deflection midway through the second period, and Fraser and Brouwer added third period goals to give the Blackhawks a season series sweeping 5-2 win. Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves on 32 shots in the loss.

Power Play:0/5 (0%)Penalty Killing : 5/5 (100%)
Shots:Calgary: 31,Chicago: 33
Attendance:19,289
FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Craig Conroy needs three games for 900
Jarome Iginla needs six goals for 400 and three points to pass MacInnis for 2nd on Flames all time
Miikka Kiprusoff needs 11 wins for 200
Daymond Langkow needs six points for 600
Matthew Lombardi needs four assists for 100
Dion Phaneuf needs six games for 300 and nine points for 200
Cory Sarich needs seven assists for 100
Mike Keenan needs two wins to pass Pat Quinn for 4th in all-time wins

INJURY REPORT

Brandon Prust (jaw) and Wayne Primeau (foot) are expected to return later this month. Jim Vandermeer (ankle) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out indefinitely.
 

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