The Calgary Flames have long been a punching bag for the Anaheim Ducks. It’s a little hard to explain why the Flames have had such an awful time against the Ducks. Even when pressed on the issue, the Ducks didn’t have any explanation for it, either. Notably, the Flames have gone up in smoke in Anaheim. They ended a 25-game losing streak earlier this season. How a team loses 25 games like that is tough to explain.
It isn’t like the Flames were horrible during that stretch, as they met in the playoffs as well. A roulette ball can land on black or red 25 straight times, and the Flames landed on black in Anaheim 25 straight times. The Flames must find a hot table if they want some playing chips in the spring. They’re currently 6 games back of the final wild card spot.
It’s unlikely they come back but it’s not an impossible mountain to climb. There isn’t much for error, though. All it will take is a couple more losses and they could be down by ten games instead of six. The Ducks are barely hanging on, but they’re hanging on. They enter tonight with a record of 37-24-5 and 2 points up on the Stars for the final wild card.
That isn’t exactly the most ideal slot, as the team awaiting will likely be the Nashville Predators. I’d much rather take my chances against the Golden Knights or Jets. Who knows if they’re going to hold up in the playoffs. It’s been a year for them, that’s an understatement, but things can change fast in the playoff rounds. Vegas did a good job drafting guys who have already led teams in the playoffs, so there is some experience in that sense. The Flames and Ducks would love to just have a seat at the table. Head below for our free Flames vs. Ducks pick.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames Pick
In their last clash, the Flames got a rare win over the Ducks, 3-2 back in January. The Flames haven’t been at their best of late, though, tossing away games at a critical juncture in the season. They’ve lost three in a row and winners in just three of ten games. That’s not what you want right now. All they really had to do was go .500 in their last ten outings, and they’d probably be only 2 points behind. The defence has not been playing well, allowing 3.5 goals per game in their last ten. Nor have they been at their peak on offence, with 2.2 goals per during that ten-game stretch. They should probably consider turning on the engines right about now.
It couldn’t be more of an opposite story for the Ducks. They’ve won three in a row and have scored 3.5 goals per game while allowing 2.4 goals, so nearly completely opposite of the Flames. Anaheim is coming off a four-game winning streak, as they took three of the four. So, they head on the road playing good hockey, but how much is it going to take out of them? The Ducks are only 15-14-2 on the road, compared to 22-10-3 at home. I can just envision them going into Calgary taking the Flames lightly and losing a game they probably should win. The Flames aren’t dead yet and I think they show a pulse tonight. After playing perfect hockey in three straight games, the Ducks hit a snide against the Flames in Calgary.
PICK: FLAMES (-115)