Calgary Flames @ Anaheim Ducks
Sunday, November 5th, 2016 6:00 PM PST
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Matchsticks and Gasoline
While the Ducks don’t have to worry as much this season about the win count, they do have some other things to worry about...such as the lack of consistency. Take a look at the last 4 games and records of the Ducks:
v. CBJ - 4-0 L
@LAK - 4-0 W
v. PIT- 5-1 L
v. ARI - 5-1 W
It’s not so much the every-other win-loss pattern, but more so the the point differential involved in the win-loss pattern. Quality wins outweighed by terrible blowouts. So what gives? Why are the Ducks unable to string anything beyond one quality win?
Well the Ducks have a good chance to finally shake off the inconsistency tonight as they will be playing on home ice against a team coming off a back-to-back in LA.
This will be the first time playing against the Calgary Flames this season, so let’s take a brief look at what we may expect from this Pacific Division rival up north. The Calgary Flames are currently 5-7-1, coming off a brutal 5-0 loss last night to the LA Kings. There were several changes made during the off-season that look to have slightly improved this team. To be specific, the acquisition of RW Troy Brouwer may aid the Flames in getting some secondary scoring, while the signing of Brian Elliot looks to finally stabilize the goaltending situation in Calgary, as it has been a tremendous problem in the past couple seasons. Additionally, the coaching change from Bob Hartley to Glen Gulutzan may produce a more controlled puck movement from his young and mobile team. Oh, and on top of all this, we all know that Johnny Hockey (Johnny Gaudreau) did get his multi-year contract inked and so, from Johnny to Sean Monahan to Sam Bennett, it looks like the future of the Flames is in good hands.
The Flames are going to come into Anaheim with speed. Yes, they laid in egg in LA last night, but that doesn’t make it a bit easier for the Ducks tonight. Injured Nick Ritchie and Ryan Getzlaf did practice yesterday and may be available for tonight’s game. On the other side, Kris Versteeg is still sidelined with the groin injury. Beyond that, it’s Military Appreciate Night at Honda Center. And there is that little thing that none of the Ducks ever want to talk about...that little record of the Flames playing at the Honda Center...never mind, I shouldn’t talk about it. (Flames haven’t won a regular season game at Honda Center since 2006—you can do the math there.)