CALGARY, AB -- The Anaheim Ducks have a familiar feeling about Game 3 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Knowing full well what type of environment they will be skating in front of tonight, the Ducks are embracing the challenge just as they did when they entered the hostility of the MTS Centre in Winnipeg in the first round.
"You just gotta try to stay focused and not try to pay too much attention to it," said Tim Jackman, who called Calgary home for the better part of four seasons. "They're so involved and it's so loud that you can't hear each other talking so much out there so you just have to try to stick to the details and play simple.
"You just have to try to weather the storm that they're going to bring with the fans and the momentum that they'll have from that."
The Ducks will put their 2015 NHL Playoff undefeated streak on the line tonight in front of the C of Red. Anaheim had a 1-1-1 record at the Saddledome this season and will look to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Flames.
"We were able to do it in Winnipeg and it certainly puts all the pressure on them if we are able to come in here and steal a game," Ducks blueliner Cam Fowler said. "We understand the importance of it. As soon as you let teams back in series' and they start to gain some confidence then the wheels start spinning for them and come Game 4 they have a lot of confidence and momentum. Tonight is an important hockey game for us and we're not taking it lightly, we know what to expect from them and we're up for the challenge."
For the Ducks, the game plan is simple. Get off to a good start and stay out of the box.
"Teams are able to create a lot of energy and feed off their home crowd so the first five to ten minutes are going to be crucial for us," Fowler continued. "We have to be able to weather the storm, play a boring a simple road game until we can kind of get into the flow of things.
"That's what we did in Winnipeg and it payed off for us."
Stealing that first road game in Winnipeg set the stage for the Ducks' sweep over the Jets as they would go on to win Game 4. The crazed Winnipeg crowd didn't seem to phase them at all.
"I think obviously we're expecting the building to be the same way it was in Winnipeg," said Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf. "We're excited for it. It was a fun time for us being part of that.
"I love it, it feels like home. I played a lot of games here and went through a lot of different things. It's always a comforting feeling being in this building."
- Ryan Getzlaf, recalling his playing days in junior for the Calgary Hitmen
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
Sami Vatanen - Clayton Stoner
Scratched: James Wisniewski, Korbinian Holzer, Jiri Sekac, Tomas Fleischmann
Injured: John Gibson (flu)
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Anaheim is expected to ice the same lineup as Game 2 when they downed the Flames 3-0 at home.
"So far we've been lucky so touch wood," said Bruce Boudreau on his roster for tonight. "I mean, it’s an ideal situation and we've gone through enough adversity through the course of the year. Hopefully we don’t have to do it too much in the playoffs."
Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Ducks will be broadcast on Sportsnet (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio). Game time is 7:30 PM MT.
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.