ANAHEIM, CA -- The Anaheim Ducks understand they haven’t seen the best their second round opponent has to offer.
They expect to in Game 2.
After routing the Calgary Flames 6-1 to open the Western Conference Second Round series on Thursday, the Ducks are expecting much more from their opponent Sunday.
“That’s a group that we have a lot of respect for over there,” Ducks defenceman Cam Folwer said. “We understand that nobody like to lose like that. It’s going to be a very challenging game for us tonight and expect a lot different than the first game. It’s going to be a dogfight, for sure.”
A two-goal first period lead quickly snowballed into a four-goal edge for the Ducks before temporarily going up by six in the rout of the Flames to open the series.
A different Calgary team, Corey Perry suggests, will show up to Honda Center for Game 2 (8 p.m. MT, Sportsnet, SN960).
Perry expects pushback.
“Probably their best game. Probably their best game of the year,” he said. “Everybody’s been on the losing end of a game like that. The next game you come out and you play hard and you play one of your best games. We’re expecting nothing less.”
The Ducks jumped out to an early 1-0 series lead in the lopsided win, their fifth straight victory to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- including three on home ice.
They lost just 15 of 41 games in Anaheim in the regular season, too.
But a loss to the Flames on Sunday would see them lose home ice advantage, meaning there’s a big difference in heading on the road for Game 3 up 2-0 in the series -- like they managed to in the opening round in dispatching the Winnipeg Jets in four straight -- or settling for a split.
“This could be a big game in the series. We know that,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “We’re well aware of the fact that we don’t want to give them any momentum. All we did was win one game. You always want to take care of your home ice when you have the chance.
“We have our home ice still. We worked all year to make sure that we finished at the top of our conference and when you have that you want to keep that home ice advantage.”
Because losing it would change the complexion of the series, Fowler suggested.
“It’d be a big difference, for sure,” Fowler said. “We were able to put some distance between us when we went to Winnipeg and obviously it did us good as a team. It’s able to kind of take a little bit of pressure off you because you’re able to protect your home building and keep that important part of the season going.
“It’d be a big difference. Looking ahead to tonight, they would get a lot of momentum if they were able to come in here and steal one from us and going back to Calgary would be a lot different than up 2-0. That’s why tonight’s a really big challenge and a big test for us.”
“I feel we’ve been through a lot throughout the year and certainly have had our fair share of ups and downs. We’ve been able to identify as a group the points in games where you’re going to have to be able to settle things down as a group. I think we’ve done a good job of limiting the other teams’ momentum so far in the playoffs and that’s going to be another key point in this series, especially when we head back to Calgary.”
DUCKS PROJECTED LINEUP
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Andrew Cogliano - Rickard Rakell - Kyle Palmieri
Emerson Etem - Nate Thompson - Tim Jackman
Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler - Simon Despres
Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen
The Ducks are expected to use the same lineup as in Game 1…John Gibson has the flu and will not back up Frederik Andersen. He’s been told to stay home an extra day…Chris Wagner is healthy and available to play, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau announced.
Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Ducks will be broadcast on Sportsnet (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio). Game time is 8:00 PM MT. Channel numbers for Telus, Shaw, and Bell users can be found on the Broadcast Schedule page.
The Calgary Flames official Twitter account (@NHLFlames) will be live-tweeting the game and providing pre and post-game content. Fans can also follow along on the Flames official Instagram account (@NHLFlames) for exclusive, behind-the-scenes content. Use the hashtags #NeverQuit and #CGYvsANA.
The Calgary Flames official app is another way to follow along with the action, with goal and period summary notifications. The app is free and available to download on iTunes and Google Play.