Anaheim Ducks (49-23-13) at Calgary Flames (45-35-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 19, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Calgary Flames -110 / Anaheim Ducks -110 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Calgary Flames look to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive as they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the Saddledome on Wednesday night for game four of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The Ducks look to pull off the sweep and book their ticket to the Pacific division final and into the Western Conference final four as they are up 3-0 on the Calgary Flames and have gotten all of the bounces thus far in this series. Anaheim has had their way with the Flames when playing in California but they have transferred that over to a win in game three in Calgary and while they have to be feeling confident about their chances of winning one of the next four games they know that the final game to clinch a series is the hardest to get and on the road it will make it even tougher. Anaheim pulled John Gibson last game in favour of Jonathan Bernier and while the former is expected to get the nod here I wouldn’t be surprised if Randy Carlyle goes with the latter at puck drop as he did get the victory and there isn’t much separation between these teams.
The Flames meanwhile are playing for their season tonight as they have lost three straight games to start the series and could very well be the first team eliminated from these playoffs if they can’t rectify their woes against Anaheim. Calgary does have the personnel to go on a deep playoff run but they drew the worst possible matchup in the opening round as they can’t seem to break through the barrier of the Ducks that has plagued them years and with their backs against the wall they are going to have to come up with some special in this one. The Flames will turn to Brian Elliott who has shown flashes of brilliance this season but has also had issues with consistency and at one point was a write off from Flames brass as he was replaced by Chad Johnson.
The Ducks are 10-1 in their last 11 games following a win and 14-3 in their last 17 against the Western Conference while the Flames are winless in their last four against the Pacific and 10-4 in their last 14 home games. Calgary got off to a fast start in game three but couldn’t hang on for the win in the end and while confidence is low with this team right now I don’t see their season ending on home ice in a four game sweep.