Game Day: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames

 

Keep your eyes on Lee Stempniak and Sheldon Souray

 
 
 
 
Lee Stempniak celebrates a goal against Detroit on Wednesday.
 

Lee Stempniak celebrates a goal against Detroit on Wednesday.

Photograph by: Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press

Anaheim Ducks (27-10-6) at Calgary Flames (17-22-4)

7 p.m., Scotiabank Saddledome

TV: Sportsnet Calgary

Radio: FAN 960

THE FLAMES

Keep Your Eye On

Lee Stempniak — Flames’ leading scorer is one of four players tied for the team lead with four power-play goals.

Depth chart

* C. Glencross M. Backlund J. Hudler

* S. Baertschi M. Stajan L. Stempniak

* M. Cammalleri R. Horak B. Hanowski

* S. Begin M. Reinhart T. Jackman

* M. Giordano D. Wideman

* T. J. Brodie C. Sarich

* C. Butler B. Carson

* M. Kiprusoff

* J. MacDonald

The Injuries

* D Derek Smith (knee), LW Alex Tanguay (knee), RW Brian McGrattan (shoulder)

THE DUCKS

Keep Your Eye On

Sheldon Souray — With a team-leading plus-25, the hard-shooting blue-liner is fifth in the NHL in that category.

Depth chart

* B. Ryan R. Getzlaf C. Perry

* E. Etem A. Cogliano T. Selanne

* D. Winnik S. Koivu R. Dvorak

* M. Beleskey D. Steckel K. Palmieri

* S. Souray F. Beauchemin

* B. Allen S. Vatanen

* T. Lydman B. Lovejoy

* J. Hiller

* V. Fasth

The Injuries

* D Cam Fowler (upper body), D Luca Sbisa (lower body), C Nick Bonino (flu)

5 THINGS TO WATCH

1. ADDING MORE PIECES — Busily, the Flames are signing their prospects. Wednesday, it had been freshly acquired G Reto Berra, the veteran from Switzerland. Thursday, it was D John Ramage’s turn. Son of former Flames defenceman Rob Ramage, the 22-year-old is finished his four years at the University of Wisconsin, where he’d served as team captain. His pro deal is a two-year entry-level contract with an average annual value of $900,000. A native of St. Louis, Ramage finished his senior season with career highs in games (42), goals (eight), assists (12), points (20), penalty minutes (65). Drafted in the 2010 fourth round, he skated in the 2010 and 2011 world junior tourneys, captaining the American entry in the final year.

2. FEET-WETTING CONTINUES — RW Ben Hanowski, in his second-ever NHL game, got 16 shifts against Detroit. Lessons are only starting. “He’s just new in our organization,” said coach Bob Hartley. “So we’re just trying to gauge him, to put him in situations where he can feel good about himself. For Benny, it’s just to find out about pro hockey, to go back home after the regular season and say, ‘OK, from the taste that I got, this is the difference from college hockey to NHL hockey.’ He will have something to gauge himself on what he needs to learn, what he needs to do, what he needs to improve, what he’s doing good. I think it’s a very valuable experience for Ben.” The 12:44 of ice time Wednesday included no special-teams chores. “It’s all brand-new,” said Hartley, “so I don’t want to give him too many roles right now. I just want him to get a good taste of NHL hockey.”

3. THE OTHER GOALIE — Understandably, G Miikka Kiprusoff is the city’s focal point these days, but no one is forgetting about backup G Joey MacDonald (7-7-1, 2.91 GAA, .900). “Joey has done unbelievably well,” said Hartley. “A great personality. A great worker. Always early on the ice for practice. His teammates love him. With us, he’s very easy to work with. We feel fortunate — we have two great goalies.” MacDonald’s contract expires at season’s end, but it sounds like Hartley is a fan. “I can only judge Joey from Day 1 that he’s been with us, but I think that he’s been very consistent — very consistently very good,” said Hartley. “I look at him in the gym. I look at him around the team. I look at him around the coaches. He brings a lot of great things to a team.”

4. QUACKERS CRUISING — The Anaheim Ducks, having cinched a playoff spot, are staggering a little lately. Only 5-7-2 in their past 14 dates (a span in which they’ve scored only 28 times). “I’m concerned,” said Anaheim skipper Bruce Boudreau. “I mean, when you want to win all the time, it’s a concern . . . you can’t use fatigue anymore as an excuse. If we’re playing as good as we can possibly play right now, then we haven’t picked it up as much as other teams have picked it up down the stretch.”

5. INS, OUTS, WHAT-HAVE-YOUS — The Flames, with one home date remaining, own a record of 12-9-2 at the Saddledome. The Ducks are 11-4-5 on the road . . . With a 3.35 GAA, the Flames aren’t dead last anymore. Now they’re 29th . . . The Ducks, with a 1.27 five-on-five goal-against ratio, are fourth overall in that department.

 
 
 
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Lee Stempniak celebrates a goal against Detroit on Wednesday.
 

Lee Stempniak celebrates a goal against Detroit on Wednesday.

Photograph by: Larry MacDougal, The Canadian Press

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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