Congratulations and saluting the Captain Jarome Iginla for accomplishing his 800th career point in a 3-2 OT loss against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Something certainly seemed amiss on Friday nightâ€™s performance as the Flames ended their winning streak on home ice. They were 0-4 on the power play and gave up one power play goal to plummet their penalty killing statistics to 85.14%. Despite the odds, they managed to get a point and will hopefully put this loss behind them as they encounter their next challenge at home, the Anaheim Ducks.
Like the Flames, the Anaheim Ducks have tallied at total of 33 games. They are 18-12-3 with a total of 39 points â€“ trailing the Flames by one point in the western conference. In terms of standings, they rank 6th and have a record of 8 wins 5 losses and 1 tie â€“ they beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shoot out win on Friday night. Nevertheless, though their power play statistics is marginally higher (18.46%), their penalty killing unit is less sharp (sitting at 82.02%); and this will be a critical factor for the Flames to establish control over their opponents. Furthermore, in order to counter the Duckâ€™s statistics, the Flames rank 3rd in the western conference and are 18-11-4 with 9-4-3 on home ice. Effective penalty killing and power play units will certainly help them combat and challenge their counterparts on home ice.
This game will be televised on Sportsnet (SNET W) on Tuesday, December 23rd at 7:00 pm. An exclusive play by play coverage will be hosted on the Fan 960.