CALGARY, AB -- The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the best teams in the National Hockey League this season.
They’ve also been a terrible host to the Calgary Flames.
Already winners of nine in a row at the Honda Center this year, the Ducks have been particularly stingy when welcoming the Flames in the last decade. Calgary hasn’t won in their last 15 tries against the Ducks, with their last victory in Anaheim coming on January 19th, 2004.
Trying to chase down eighth spot in the Western Conference, Calgary will need to have a short memory as they kick off a three-game road trip through California starting Friday in Anaheim.
Center - ANA
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 27
SOG: 51 | +/-: 10
Five points in his last two games has made Getzlaf the most productive member of the Ducks recently, but his five goals and 15 points over the past eight games has the former Calgary Hitmen captain among the league’s elite in point production this season. With 27 points in 22 games this season, Getzlaf holds a share of eighth overall in the chase for the Art Ross Trophy.
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 11 | PTS: 17
SOG: 49 | +/-: 0
Without a point in his last three games, Selanne is mired in his longest slump of the season. The ageless wonder also has just one point in his last six games and just two – both goals – in his last nine. Fortunately for Selanne, the 42-year-old has feasted on the Flames with 38 goals and 81 points in 72 career games against Calgary. The Finnish Flash has also enjoyed playing on Fridays this year, with five points in five games to kickoff his weekends.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
A former first round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, Cogliano could be set to have his most productive season of his six-year career. With eight goals – second on the Ducks – in 22 games this season, the 25-year-old could realistically eclipse his career-high of 18. Set to play in his 433rd consecutive game on Friday, Cogliano has yet to miss a game in his National Hockey League career.
Playing in his rookie season at the age of 30, Fasth has quickly taken the NHL by storm. The Swedish netminder is 9-1-1 this season with a paltry 2.08 goals against average and .922 save percentage while sharing the crease with Jonas Hiller. He’s among the league’s elite in both categories and is quickly becoming one of the Western Conference’s stingiest goaltenders.
A standout with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League, Etem is acquitting himself well to his first year of professional hockey. The Long Beach, CA product has three assists in 13 games with the Ducks after starting the season in the American Hockey League with the Norfolk Admirals. It’s only a matter of time before the 20-year-old finds himself offensively.
BY THE NUMBERS
Anaheim’s Record This Season: 16-3-3 (2nd in Western Conference)
Anaheim’s Record Last Season: 34-36-12 (13th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record This Season: 9-8-4 (12th in Western Conference)
Calgary’s Record All-Time vs. Anaheim: 36-43-7
Calgary’s Record vs. Anaheim Last Year: 2-2-0
Anaheim’s Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE
Calgary’s Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE