NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 16th
(All times Eastern)
Calgary Flames (3-0-2) at Anaheim Ducks (4-1-0), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks will take aim at a fifth straight
victory when they host the well-rested Calgary Flames in Wednesday's battle at
the Honda Center.
The Ducks are 4-1-0 on the season, following up a season-opening blowout loss
at Colorado with four consecutive wins. The last two victories have come at
the start of a five-game homestand and Anaheim has outscored the opposition by
a combined 10-1 score in those contests.
After recording a 6-0 rout of the New York Rangers last Thursday the Ducks
responded with Sunday's 4-1 triumph over the Ottawa Senators. Anaheim set a
franchise record in the win over Ottawa by registering 56 shots on goal. The
previous record of 54 was set on March 27, 2009 against Edmonton.
Corey Perry scored a pair of goals to lead the Ducks, who also set a team mark
for shots in the first period with 23.
"We passed up a few shots, as well. That's the way we want to play," Perry
said of the team's shooting outburst. "We want to shoot as many pucks on the
net as we can."
Nick Bonino and Ryan Getzlaf also tallied for the Ducks, while Jonas Hiller
had 30 saves in the win. Hiller allowed former Ducks winger Bobby Ryan to
score Ottawa's lone goal. Ryan was playing in Anaheim for the first time since
being dealt to the Sens last summer,
Anaheim is a perfect 2-0 on home ice this season and that does not bode well
for the Flames, who have lost 16 straight regular-season games in Orange
County. Calgary's last road win in Anaheim came in a meeting during the 2006
playoffs, but the Flames haven't won on the road in the regular season in this
series since Jan. 19, 2004.
Calgary did win the last meeting overall with the Ducks, beating a visiting
Anaheim club by a 3-1 score on April 19 of last season. Still, the Ducks have
taken four of six and eight of the past 11 matchups in this series.
The Flames have won two straight, and at 3-0-2, they have yet to lose in
regulation this season. Calgary, which only won three in a row once during the
lockout-shortened season of 2013, will try to keep its current streak going
tonight when it opens a five-game road trip.
Calgary hasn't played since Friday, when it rallied for a 3-2 win against the
visiting New Jersey Devils. Sean Monahan continued his stellar rookie campaign
in that outing, notching the game-winning goal with 2:43 remaining in
Monahan, selected sixth overall by the Flames in June's draft, has lit the
lamp in four straight games while racking up six points over his first five
Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman added a goal and an assist apiece for the
Flames, who completed a three-game homestand at 2-0-1.
"There is still lots of hockey to be played," said Flames coach Bob Hartley.
"There is still 77 games to be played. It is just a matter of making sure we
Joey MacDonald stopped 19-of-21 shots in Friday's victory and will get the
call again on Wednesday. Hiller is expected to get the start in net for
10/16 10:55:59 ET