The Calgary Flames (29-22-6, 64 points) will play their second game in as many nights on the road when visiting the Anaheim Ducks (23-26-7, 53 points) on Thursday. The Flames play the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Calgary bounced back with two straight victories after losing three straight and are tied for third place in the Pacific Division just three points behind first-place Vancouver.
Anaheim had its most recent game postponed on Tuesday night with the St Louis Blues after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench after suffering a cardiac episode and was hospitalized. The defenseman was alert when being taken to the hospital. The Ducks won their last games 3-2 before facing the Blues. The Ducks are far down the standings in the Pacific Division and well off the pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
Score Early to Beat San JoseThe Calgary Flames scored two goals within 34 seconds early in the first period on Tuesday against San Jose and went on to defeat the Sharks 6-2. The victory was Calgary’s second straight and put them into a tie for third place in the Pacific Division with Vegas and Arizona. Calgary trails just Edmonton by two points and Vancouver by three points in the topsy-turvy Pacific Division.
Keeping an 👀 on warmies. pic.twitter.com/Px173QNngZ— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 13, 2020
Elias Lindholm is the leading goal scorer for Calgary with 22 including seven on the power play. Johnny Gaudreau is the assist leader with 31 including 11 on the power play and Matthew Tkachuk is the points leader with 45 including 19 goals and 26 assists. Calgary's defense is allowing 3.02 goals per game while the offense generates slightly less at 2.72 goals per game.
Anaheim needs points in a hurryAnaheim sits in 13th Place in the Western Conference with 53 points and is 11 points off the pace of the 8th Place Arizona Coyotes. The Ducks would need to leapfrog four teams to catch the Coyotes in order to reach a playoff spot, which is quite unlikely. However, Anaheim can play the spoiler in its own division including against Calgary on Thursday.
Adam Henrique is the leading goal scorer for Anaheim with 18 which includes four goals on the power play. Ryan Getzlaf is the assist leader with 25 but just four have come on the power play and the Ducks’ center is the points leader with 37 including 12 goals. The Ducks defense is allowing an average of 3.07 goals per game while the offense scores an average of just 2.52 goals per game.
- Anaheim is 4-17 in the last 21 played on a Thursday
- The Ducks are 8-22 in the last 30 played on just one day's rest
- Calgary is 4-1 in the last five road games
- The Flames are 7-3 in the last 10 against a team from the Pacific