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The Ducks look to go up 2-0 in the series, but the Flames will be pushing back hard.

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Round 1 - Game 2

Calgary Flames v. Anaheim Ducks

Saturday, April 15th, 7:30 PM PST

Honda Center

TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, PRIME

Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: Matchsticks & Gasoline

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After a thrilling game 1 win on Thursday, the Ducks head into game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with momentum and confidence.

It wasn't an easy win, with the Flames holding a 2-1 lead at one point. There was also the 5-on-3 power play handed to Calgary in the final few minutes of the game.

We also had the birth of a meme: #Keslering, after the centerman blocked a shot, then promptly sat on the puck to eat up the remaining time. Just sit on the ground with your back hunched and legs straight out and closed, and you too can be a meme master.

The Ducks will continue to look to their captain to lead them in this game. Ryan Getzlaf seemingly did nothing but impose his will on Calgary and controlled the game from the second he set foot on the ice. Calgary had no answer for him or for the shutdown line of Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg.

The Ducks bottom six, however, had issues keeping up. While Antonie Vermette and Corey Perry had their standout moments, the Flames speed caused several issues against them and the Ducks bottom pairing of Theodore and Bieksa.

If game 1 was any indication, it's that Calgary is going to come out with their foot on the gas and not make it easy for this Anaheim team.

After a solid game 1 performance, John Gibson is expected to be back in the crease tonight for Anaheim, while Brian Elliot, who also had a great game for the Flames on Thursday, should man the net for Calgary.

Chad Johnson, the Flames backup who has been out with an injury, is expected to be available to relieve Elliot if needed.

The Ducks also sent Ondrej Kase back to San Diego today to make room for Nick Ritchie. Ritchie is coming back from a two game suspension for sucker-punching Chicago's Michael Rozsival on April 6th.

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Stat Pack (Regular Season)

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus CALGARY FLAMES
46-23-13, 105 Pts Record 45-33-4, 94 Pts
1st in Pacific, 6th in NHL Standings 4th in Pacific, 15th in NHL
2.68 GF/GP 2.42
2.40 GA/GP 2.43
18.7% (17th) Power Play 20.2% (10th)
84.7% (4th) Penalty Kill 81.6% (12th)
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Rickard Rakell (33G) Goals Sean Monahan (27G)
Ryan Getzlaf (58A) Assists Johnny Gaudreau (43A)
Getzlaf (73P) Points Gaudreau (61P)
Kesler (8PPG) PPG Monahan (8PPG)
Andrew Cogliano (3SHG) SH Frolik & Giordano (2SHG)
Cam Fowler (RIP) (24:50), Kesler (21:18) TOI/GP (D&F) Giordano (23:34); Gaudreau (18:29)
Cogliano (53.92), Hampus Lindholm (53.65) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Matthew Tkachuk (55.92); Dougie Hamilton (55.65)
John Gibson GOALIES Brian Elliott
25-16-9 Record 26-18-3
.924 Save % .910
2.22 GAA 2.55


Projected Lines

Anaheim

Rakell-Getzlaf-Eaves

Cogliano-Kesler-Silfverberg

Ritchie-Vermette-Perry

Wagner-Thompson-Shaw

Lindholm-Montour

Vatanen-Manson

Theodore-Bieksa

Gibson

Bernier

Calgary

Gaudreau-Monahan-Ferland

Versteeg-Bennett-Chiasson

Tkachuk-Backlund-Frolik

Bouma-Stajan-Brouwer

Giordano-Hamilton

Brodie-Stone

Bartkowski-Engelland

Elliott

Johnson