Game Day: Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks

 

 
 
 
 
CALGARY, AB; NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau during practise, in Calgary on November 24, 2014. (Christina Ryan/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank.  Trax #00060616A
 
 

CALGARY, AB; NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau during practise, in Calgary on November 24, 2014. (Christina Ryan/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank. Trax #00060616A

Photograph by: Christina Ryan, Calgary Herald

Five things to watch

1. Workhorses

For Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau, Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win over New Jersey represented the heaviest workload of his young career — 24:25. The rookie has received 20-plus minutes of ice time in two of the past three games. Tuesday against Anaheim, he skated 22:17. Gaudreau’s average now is 15:43 … For fellow freshman, C Josh Jooris, Saturday meant a career-high of ice time, too, with 19:01 (and a game-high six shots and a game-best 15-for-23 in faceoffs) … D T.J. Brodie tops the squad with an average of 25:12 (including more than 20 even-strength minutes per game). D Mark Giordano works 24:27 per night … Busiest forward on the Flames? Sophomore C Sean Monahan at 19:00 … Most ice time in the league — Minnesota D Ryan Suter, 29:19 … For the Flames, the highest short-handed deployment — Giordano (2:28), Brodie (2:26), LW Lance Bouma (1:52) … On the power play — Giordano (3:21), LW Jiri Hudler (3:01), Monahan (2:57).

2. Third-period Heroes

Crystal Schick/ Calgary Herald Calgary Flames surround Curtis Glencross after his late goal tied the game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. The Flames later won in a shootout.

The Flames are thriving in late-game situations. In the 11 games they’ve trailed after 40 minutes, they’ve rallied to win five times, for a 5-6-0 record. Last season, they’d been 4-27-2 in that scenario … Saturday is a case in point. Down by two, the Flames recovered smartly, dumping New Jersey in a shootout after Curtis Glencross tied the game late. According to the sharp-pencilled folks at Elias, it marked first time the Flames, down by two goals in the final three minutes, had won since March 13, 1999, when late strikes by Val Bure and Jeff Shantz forced overtime, and Bure scored in the extra period in Washington … They’ve generated in the third period a league-leading 30 goals — while maintaining a relatively tidy game, permitting only 14 tallies. Only four clubs (Florida, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Chicago) are tighter in the third … When trailing after 20 minutes, the Flames are 5-3-0. No one has that many wins — or that winning percentage (. 625) … Their record, when surrendering the opening goal, is 6-6-0. Only six teams are better.

3. About the Ducks

Anaheim Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano, left, seen battling Vancouver’s Luca Sbisa, is the NHL’s active iron man, with 562 straight starts

With St. Louis D Jay Bouwmeester (lower body) skipping Sunday’s assignment in Winnipeg, Anaheim C Andrew Cogliano becomes the NHL’s active iron man, with 562 straight starts … At home, the Quackers are 6-2-3 … At 4-1-5 in their last 10, they lead the Pacific Division … Anaheim’s power play is 16th — Calgary’s is eighth … Anaheim’s penalty killing is 10th — Calgary’s is 29th … No surprise, C Ryan Getzlaf leads the club in points. Very surprisingly, D Sami Vatanen, with 18, is a single point back — the only NHL defencemen with more points are Calgary’s Mark Giordano and San Jose’s Brent Burns … With 17 points, C Ryan Kesler is next on the locals’ list … The Ducks’ top faceoff men — Kesler (55.3 per cent), Getzlaf (53.0), C Nate Thompson (52.0) — will test the Flames, who are 29th in that category … At the league’s quarter-pole, five teams that missed the playoffs last season are holding down top-eight spots — Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, New York Islanders, Calgary.

4. Bulldogs to Ducks

Rene Bourque, right, who battled Flames forward Matt Stajan when the Montreal Canadiens visited Calgary last month, is now a member of the Anaheim Ducks.

LW Rene Bourque, thanks to last week’s swap, shifts from AHL Hamilton — where Montreal had dumped the underachiever after he cleared waivers — to Anaheim, a Stanley Cup contender in a sunny city. Nice landing spot for a fellow who had 18 points (and a minus-10 rating) in his previous 76 NHL games … On his six-year contract, signed while a member of the Flames, the Lac La Biche, Alta., native also has 2015-16 remaining at $3.3 million US … Wearing No. 14 on Sunday — and operating on the fourth line — Bourque made his debut for the Ducks, his fourth NHL team, registering three shots and three hits in 10 shifts … “I’m very excited,” Bourque told Los Angeles Times before the game. “I was looking to be moved after everything went down in Montreal. I think I have a lot left and I think I have a lot to give this team.” … Added coach Bruce Boudreau: “We’re hoping that this works out as a good fit. It obviously didn’t work out in Montreal for whatever reason. I don’t think his skills have diminished at all. Hopefully we can motivate him to the point that he’s playing the way he was in the playoffs last year.”

5. C-Notes …

Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies was excused from Saturday’s start for Providence College for a “violation of team policy.”

Flames prospect G Jon Gillies was excused from Saturday’s start for Providence College for “violation of team policy.” The Friars prevailed anyway, 1-0 over the University of New Hampshire. Gillies, in his junior season, is 4-5-1, 2.26 GAA, .927. He was drafted in the 2012 third round, a dozen picks before Anaheim G Frederik Andersen … At 11-6-1, AHL Adirondack, despite missing its top forwards, continues to roll, winning eight straight games — including Saturday’s 2-1 decision over Rochester. RW Ben Hanowski leads the club in goals (seven) and points (10). Rookie RW Emile Poirier, 19, has collected nine points in nine appearances. C Bill Arnold has also garnered nine points. G Joni Ortio is 8-3-0, 3.35 GAA, .896 … At plus-12, D T.J. Brodie is second among NHL defenders, behind only Pittsburgh’s Christian Ehrhoff … D Mark Giordano is second in the NHL in road points, with 15. Only San Jose C Joe Thornton has registered more … After Tuesday, the Flames play Wednesday in San Jose, then Saturday in Phoenix.

GAME DAY

Calgary Flames (13-7-2) at Anaheim Ducks (13-4-5)

8 p.m., Honda Center

TV: Sportsnet; Radio: SN960

Flames player to watch

Anaheim Ducks star Corey Perry, right, looks back as Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller grabs the puck during the teams’ meeting in Calgary earlier this month.

Jonas Hiller — Happily beat his old mates last week in Calgary. Now the netminder returns to the Honda Center, where, lifetime, he is 92-51-10 (2.48 GAA, .918).

The Lines

* C. Glencross-S. Monahan-L. Bouma

* J. Gaudreau-M. Granlund-J. Hudler

* M. Ferland-J. Jooris-P. Byron

* B. Bollig-C. Knight-S. Baertschi

The Pairings

* M. Giordano-T. J. Brodie

* K. Russell-D. Wideman

* L. Smid-D. Engelland

The Goalies

* J. Hiller

* K. Ramo

The Injuries

* C Matt Stajan (knee), C Mikael Backlund (abdomen), C Joe Colborne (finger), LW Mason Raymond (shoulder), RW David Jones (upper body). All but Backlund are skating.

Ducks player to watch

Rene Bourque — Making second appearance for his latest employers, left-winger needs to produce. Lifetime against Calgary, the 32-year-old has five points in a dozen outings.

The Lines

* M. Beleskey-R. Getzlaf-C. Perry

* P. Maroon-R. Kesler-K. Palmieri

* A. Cogliano-N. Thompson-J. Silfverberg

* R. Bourque-R. Rakell-D. Smith-Pelly

The Pairings

* S. Vatanen-F. Beauchemin

* C. Fowler-J. Manson

* H. Lindholm-M. Clark

The Goalies

* F. Andersen

* J. LaBarbera

The Injuries

* G John Gibson (groin), D Clayton Stoner (mumps-like symptoms), D Mark Fistric (back), D Sheldon Souray (wrist), D Ben Lovejoy (finger), C William Karlsson (sick), LW Dany Heatley (groin)

Up next

The Flames head to San Jose for a Wednesday night date with the Sharks (8:30 p.m., Sportsnet, SN960).

 
 
 
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CALGARY, AB; NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau during practise, in Calgary on November 24, 2014. (Christina Ryan/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank.  Trax #00060616A
 

CALGARY, AB; NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau during practise, in Calgary on November 24, 2014. (Christina Ryan/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank. Trax #00060616A

Photograph by: Christina Ryan, Calgary Herald

 
CALGARY, AB; NOVEMBER 24, 2014 - Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau during practise, in Calgary on November 24, 2014. (Christina Ryan/Calgary Herald) For Sports story by Scott Cruickshank.  Trax #00060616A
Crystal Schick/ Calgary Herald CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames Tj Brodie, back, Curtis Glencross, centre and Jiri Hudler celebrate a goal in the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, on November 22, 2014. --  (Crystal Schick/Calgary Herald) (For Sports story by  TBA) 00056697A
Anaheim Ducks' Andrew Cogliano, left, and Vancouver Canucks' Luca Sbisa, of Switzerland, collide during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday November 20, 2014.
CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 28: Matt Stajan #18 of the Calgary Flames battles for the puck against Rene Bourque #17 of the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 28, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Jon Gillies, 75th overall pick, walks on the draft floor during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Anaheim Ducks Corey Perry, right, looks back as Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller, from Switzerland, grabs the puck during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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