The Anaheim Ducks will visit the Scotiabank Saddledome Monday afternoon to face the Calgary Flames for the second time in five days. Calgary defeated Anaheim 6-0 in Anaheim Thursday for their most lopsided victory and Anaheim’s largest defeat this season.
Each team went in different directions after that game as the Flames lost 8-4 at home to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Ducks defeated Vancouver 5-1 on the road.
Ducks Look to Make Playoff Charge
The Anaheim Ducks come into play with a record of 24-27-7 for 55 points. They are second to last in the Western Conference and 11 points behind the two teams in the wild card spots, the Flames and the Arizona Coyotes.
Aside from the game that was suspended with the St. Louis Blues when Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the St. Louis bench, the Ducks have won two of their last three games, with their only blemish the loss to the Flames referenced above.
On Sunday, the Ducks went to Vancouver and came away with an impressive 5-1 victory. Adam Henrique scored a pair of goals in the victory and Derek Grant added a goal and an assist.
Anahein scored a pair of power play goals after going just 1-21 with the extra man over their last eight games. In their last six road games, the Ducks are 4-0-2.
Center Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points with 38. He has scored 12 goals and has 26 assists. Henrique is the team’s leading goal scorer with 20. He is the only Anaheim player with at least 20 goals.
In fact, the Ducks don’t even have a player with 40 points. Between the pipes, John Gibson has a 17-22-4 record with a goals against average of 2.99 and a save percentage of .904.
However, Ryan Miller will likely make the start Monday. He has a record of 7-5-3 with a goals against average of 2.93 and a save percentage of .909.
Flames Need to Improve at Home
The Calgary Flames come into play with a record of 30-24-6, good for 66 points and the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. They are four points behind Edmonton for first place in the Pacific Division.
Calgary has struggled at home of late, going just 3-8-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome in their last 13 home games. They are tied in points with Arizona and two other teams are just three points back, so winning on home ice is going to be very important for the Flames going forward.
The game against Chicago did not go a long way to accomplish that goal as the Blackhawks embarrassed the Flames in their own building. Chicago was able to score their eight goals on just 28 shots, further exposing the holes in the Calgary defense of late.
The Flames are led by Johnny Gaudreau offensively, he has 49 points on 14 goals and 35 assists. Elias Lindholm leads the team in goals with 27. He also has 21 assists for 48 points.
Matthew Tkachuk also has 48 points, and Sean Monahan has 40. Between the pipes, David Rittich has a 22-15-5 record with a goals against of 2.93 and a save percentage of .908.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Calgary -195. The Flames are favored by 1.5 and the over/under is 5.5. The Flames have struggled mightily on home ice and the Ducks have really improved on the road.
However, Calgary is just a year removed from being the #1 seed in the Western Conference, so they should be able to right the ship. Take the Flames at home in this one.