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Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta  Attendance: 19,116

Flames hope to solve home woes against Ducks

Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames

  1. The Flames defeated the Ducks, 6-0, in Anaheim last Thursday. It was the second-largest win in the all-time series behind the Mighty Ducks' 7-0 win over the Flames on December 20, 1996. Calgary has held Anaheim to one or zero goals in four of the last five meetings (4-1-0 record for the Flames).
  2. The Ducks took down the Canucks, 5-1, in Vancouver on Sunday. Anaheim is 4-0-2 in its last six road games, the first time it has earned a point in six straight road games this season. The Ducks' total goal differential in those six road games is just +5 but their even-strength goal differential is +9.
  3. The Flames fell to the Blackhawks, 8-4, on Saturday, their fourth consecutive home loss in regulation. Calgary had not failed to earn a point in four straight home games since October 2017 (four games). The Flames' opponents have outscored them 22-10 over those four home games, their worst scoring margin in a four-home game span since October 2015 (-12).
  4. Adam Henrique scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season in the win over the Canucks. Not including the 2010-11 season during which he played one game and did not score, Henrique has averaged exactly 20.0 games per season in his career (180 goals in nine seasons).
  5. Elias Lindholm's two goals in the loss to the Blackhawks extended his point streak to 10 games, equaling the longest point streaks of his career (streaks in 2018-19 and 2016-17). He is also tied for the longest active point streak in the NHL (Brayden Point, TB). Lindholm has five goals in the past three games.
  6. The Flames have four different skaters with 40 or more points this season (Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan). All four of those players have a rating of -10 or worse. In the rest of the NHL, there are only seven other players with 40+ points and a -10 or worse rating.

The Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks will play for the second time in five days when they meet in Calgary on Monday afternoon.

The Flames beat the Ducks 6-0 in Anaheim on Thursday for their widest margin of victory this season, and the most one-sided loss for the Ducks.

Both teams went in opposite directions in their next games, however.

The Flames came home after winning three of four on the trip and lost 8-4 to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Anaheim bounced back to win the opener of its two-game road trip, 5-1, at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday afternoon.

After scoring at least five goals in regulation three times in October, the Ducks hit that mark just once more before Sunday.

"We did a good job finishing," Ducks forward Sam Steel said after scoring in the win against the Canucks. "We've been getting good chances, but the puck just hasn't been going in. Whenever you can put up five, it's a good thing for the team, so we've just got to carry it into (Monday)."

The Ducks are playing well on the road overall lately, owning a six-game point streak away from Anaheim (4-0-2).

The Flames are struggling at home, posting a 3-8-2 record in their past 13 games at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"We've got to make it a harder place to play," Flames head coach Geoff Ward said before the loss to Chicago. "And we've just got to start winning more at home than what we have been lately."

Calgary still holds the top wild-card spot from the Western Conference heading into Monday, but is tied in points with the Arizona Coyotes and two others teams are just three points back.

"The good thing is, we're in the race," Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk said. "We had a great road trip that kept us in it. We've got to take care of business at home. We didn't (Saturday), but have to Monday."

The Ducks didn't start playing well on the road until the middle of last month, when they won their final two games before their bye week and the All Star break.

"I don't know if it's anything in particular, I think we've just been playing good hockey on the road," Steel said. "Desperate for points really. That's what it comes down to. Not all of them are pretty, like (the win in Vancouver), but we've been finding ways."

Even with their recent road success, the Ducks are still 11 points back of the Coyotes for the final playoff spot.

Anaheim will likely start veteran Ryan Miller in goal after John Gibson made 37 saves against Vancouver.

Miller is 10-7-1 in 19 career appearances against the Flames with a 2.60 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

He stopped 14 of 16 shots while playing the final two periods against the Flames on Thursday.

He'll be up against Calgary forward Elias Lindholm, who brings an NHL career-high 10-game point streak into the game and has scored five goals in the past three games.

He believes he can be even more productive.

"I want to shoot a little bit more and have more chances in the slot," Lindholm said. "Right now, I'm getting shots right in front and around the net, but if I could create more chances in the slot, it would be even better."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 17, 2020

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