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The Anaheim Ducks (24-27-7) will play the second half of a back-to-back when they face off against the Calgary Flames (30-24-6). Their matinee game is scheduled for Monday at 3 pm. These two Pacific Division teams are both locked in desperate fights at this point in the season, though for very different reasons. The Ducks are ranked 7th in the Pacific Division and 14th in the Western Conference with 55 points and are trying to pass up the number six team that is just one point ahead of them. Meanwhile, the Flames are tied for 4th in the division and 7th in the west and trying to stay ahead of their immediate rival while climbing further up the rankings. Monday afternoon will be the third of four meetings that these teams will have in the regular season. They last met recently, on February 13th. In that game, the Flames dominated the Ducks with a 6-0 shutout, despite the Ducks putting 44 shots on net.
Ducks Hope To Continue Winning On The RoadThe Ducks aren’t the worst team in the Pacific Division by eight points. The only team in the division that trails them is the Los Angeles Kings. Just ahead of them are the San Jose Sharks, who hold onto the 6th place title in the Pacific by just one point. Still, the second-worst in the division is far from being good, which is what makes the Ducks’ most recent win all the more surprising. Anaheim is going into their game against Calgary having just played a game the day before, and it was far from a cakewalk. The Ducks faced off against the, formerly, number one team in the Pacific, the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks had held onto their number one spot for weeks now, and the last person anyone expected to bump them off that throne was the Ducks. Especially not in such a commanding victory. Still, the Ducks went into Rogers Arena on a mission, and they succeeded.
When the final buzzer sounded the score was 5-1 in Anaheim’s favor, with the Ducks carrying the lead the entire sixty minutes. Anaheim had a total of twenty penalty minutes in the game, and the only goal allowed was on the powerplay for the Canucks. Anaheim also had two powerplay goals of their own, though, despite the Canucks having less than half the penalty minutes that the Ducks had. The goal scorers for Anaheim were Sam Steel, Brendan Guhle and Derek Grant with one goal apiece, and Adam Henrique with the remaining two. John Gibson was between the pipes for the Ducks, and he stopped 37 of 38 shots thrown his way for a .974 save percentage.
Flames Look For Comeback After Allowing EightThe Flames have had a bumpy stretch of hockey recently. Out of their last twelve games, they’ve only won five. Granted, one of those five was against their upcoming rival, the Anaheim Ducks, but for a team with playoff aspirations, losing that many this late in the season is never a good thing. Because of that, they’ve fallen behind in what was once a race only determined by one or two points in the top four teams in the Pacific. They now find themselves two points behind the next place up and four points behind the number one spot. Not to mention, they’re having to share their slot with the Arizona Coyotes. To get back in the Pacific race, they’ll need to buckle down and start winning again. Unfortunately, that is not what happened in their most recent game.
In a perfect world for any hockey club, no goals would ever make it into the net. That’s rarely how things shake out, though, with the high level of talent in the league nowadays. Allowing eight goals is a horse of a different color. That’s exactly what occurred against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Flames made a solid offensive effort themselves, but it wasn’t enough as the final tally was 8-4. Despite the four goals, there were only two Flames players that found the back of the net. First was Sam Bennett, who’s goals both came in the first period. Next was Elias Lindholm. Lindholm scored once in the second and once in the third. Three of the four came during five-on-five play, with only Lindholm’s second being on a powerplay despite the five chances the team had. As one might imagine, there were two goalies in net for the Flames that night. David Rittich started the night, but after allowing 4 goals on 15 shots, he was replaced by Cam Talbot. Talbot didn’t fare much better, as he allowed 4 goals on 13 shots.
- Calgary is 7-3 overall in one-goal games.
- Calgary is 4-3-3 when outshot by their opponent at home.
- Anaheim is 0-8-2 when trailing after the first period on the road.
- Anaheim is 5-16-4 overall when outshooting their opponent.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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While the Flames have been in a bit of a slump the past several games, the Ducks have been in a slump all season. The Flames are a good team going through some struggles, the Ducks, at least in this season, are a weak team that’s simply struggling. A look at their records and place in the standings is enough to see that. Besides that, the Ducks are going into the second half of a back-to-back, while the Flames have been resting since Saturday. The Flames are also going into the second game of a three-game homestand, while this is the Ducks’ second game on the road. The deck is stacked in Calgary’s favor in this match, even without taking into account the rest of the seasons these teams have had.
Prediction: Calgary Flames
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As mentioned before, Calgary has the rest advantage and will have a lot more energy going into this match than the Ducks. That’s why taking Calgary’s recent over/under record into account is more important than the Ducks’ Calgary is likely going to be able to control the pace of this game, utilizing both their home-ice advantage and their greater energy reserves. In their past five games, the Flames have gone over. This is a team that relies more on offense than defense, and they’ll be looking for redemption after their most recent loss.