Anaheim Ducks (35-16-7) at Calgary Flames (32-22-4)
|Date & Time||Friday February 20, 2015, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under:
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The Ducks look to shake off a two game losing streak as they take their Pacific division lead into Calgary to take on the Flames.
It has become news worthy when the Anaheim Ducks lose two straight games which is a testament of how well they have played over the last two seasons and they'll look to get back in the win column with a victory on the road against the Calgary Flames. Anaheim is still without Frederik Andersen between the pipes and while many didn't anticipate much of a transition with John Gibson coming up it has taken the youngster some time to get acclimated and as such the team has lost two straight. Anaheim has been consistent all season and are certainly a team in the mix to win the Stanley Cup this season and heading into tonight's game they sit eight points clear of the second place Canucks and hold the biggest divisional lead of any team in the NHL. Gibson will likely get the call once again as he will gp up against Jonas Hiller.
The Flames have been the talk of the league this season as they have surprised many with their successful campaign and they can cap that off with a playoff berth either as a top three team in the Pacific or as a Western Conference wild card. Calgary has a young group and could bring in some pieces at the trade deadline to shore up some playoff experience and I think they have to do something fast as they are too far removed from being in the draft lottery and are right in the mix in the Pacific division standings. Calgary will look to win their 18th home game of the year but Anaheim is 16-8-4 on the road and can beat you wherever they play. I am going to wait to see what this line brings in terms of a regulation play or not but I think this is where Anaheim's losing halts as they get back on track against the Flames.