GameThread: Ducks/Flames, Why are These Guys Undefeated?

Jeff Gross

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Calgary Flames
@ Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013, 7:00 PM PDT
Honda Center

TV: Prime Ticket

Radio: AM 830 KLAA

Your Enemy: Matchsticks and Gasoline


Numbers for Nerds

Days since Calgary won a game in Anaheim: 3,559

Team Records: Ducks 4-1-0, Flames 3-0-2, Ducks 2013 Record vs Calgary 2-1-0

Team Leaders: Ducks – Cory Perry's should-have-been hat trick on Sunday brought him past Jakob Silfverberg in points (6) but the Silfverbullet still leads the team with four goals. Nobody on the team averages less than 10 minutes per game Matt Beleskey is last at 10:16 after only playing two games, Cam Fowler leads with 22:45. Strangely the two bookends on the TOI/G column are also the only two players with a minus on the season so far (minus-1 and minus-2 respectively)

Flames – Jiri Hudler's seven points (2-5-7) leads the Flames so far, but rookie sensation Sean Monahan is right on his tail with six points and leads the team with four goals. Dennis Wideman is averaging 27:46 per night, ask Capitals fans how that is going to work out.

Goalies: Ducks – Viktor Fasth was first off the ice for morning skate so he is likely to get the start, to hopefully improve on his 1-1-0 record, 4.00 GAA and .826 Sv%, Jonas Hiller is 3-0-0 with a 1.30 GAA and .959 Sv%. Not sure why that doesn't qualify Hiller as the "hot hand" to be ridden.

Flames – I heard somewhere that the Calgary goaltending has been carrying the team, but the surface numbers don't seem to back that up. Joey MacDonald will probably start with a 3-0-1 record, 2.98 GAA and .897, with backup Kari Ramo holding an 0-0-1 record, 3.69 GAA and the same .897 Sv%. Ordinary at best.

Power Play: Ducks – 4.6 PP% (guess what rank), Nick Bonino STILL has the only PP goal. Something's gotta give after going 0-for-6 two games in a row.

Flames – 22.2 PP% (12th) Hudler, Wideman, captain Mark Giordano and former Duck property Curtis Glencross each have a PPG for Calgary.

Penalty Kill: Ducks – 64.3 PK% dead freakin' last, but at least they haven't been taking many penalties in the past few games. In fact, they've only been shorthanded 14 times all season so far, which is good for third in the league. Averages, eh?

Flames – 66.7 PK% (28th) They've been shorthanded 12 times, least in the league.

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