ANAHEIM - The Flames kick off a two-game California road trip in Anaheim on Monday, taking on the Ducks at 8:00 p.m. MT (TV: Sportsnet Flames, Radio: Sportsnet 960 The FAN).
Calgary is 1-1-0 on the season after picking up their first win of the year on Saturday, downing the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 in their home opener. Johnny Gaudreau and TJ Brodie picked up four points in the victory and now lead the team in scoring. Mike Smith collected his first win as a member of the Flames, making 25 saves on 28 shots.
Head coach Glen Gulutzan was impressed with his team's ability to turn things around after a rocky first period, which saw the Jets take a 3-1 lead.
"Between our speciality teams and (Smith's) key saves when they could've closed the door on us ... that was the difference,'' Gulutzan said in his post-game address.
"We just challenged our guys in between the first and the second about what our identity is, what our game is. We've talked about this for so long. We want to get back to our game as quickly as we can."
The Ducks head into Monday's tilt with a 1-0-1 record. They are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Antoine Vermette and Cam Fowler scored and John Gibson made 34 saves in the setback.
An injury-plagued Anaheim squad has been without several of their top players in their opening two games. Ryan Getzlaf (lower body), Nick Ritchie (lower body), Patrick Eaves (lower body), and Ryan Miller (upper body) missed Saturday's game and are listed as day-to-day. Hampus Lindholm (shoulder), Ryan Kesler (hip), and Sami Vatanen (shoulder) have missed both games this year and have longer timelines to return to action.