Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Ducks

Notes from the Flames pre-game skate at the Honda Center

Wednesday, 16.10.2013 / 10:03 AM
Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

HOT STARTS FOR BOTH CLUBS

To say the Flames have had a good start to the 2013-14 campaign would be an understatement.

Last Friday, the Calgary Flames set a franchise record for most consecutive points (3-0-2) to start a season.

They have been scoring by committee rather than relying on one player or line to carry the workload; 15 of the 20 skaters that have played in the first 5 games of the year have registered a point.

Jiri Hudler and Sean Monahan are riding 5-game point streaks while captain Mark Giordano is currently second amongst defencemen in the NHL in scoring with 2 goals and 6 points in his first 5 games.

But the Ducks have had a great start as well.

They are coming off a record-setting performance on Oct. 13 vs. Ottawa, setting club bests in shots on net (56) and first-period shots (24) en route to a 4-1 victory. They are have won 4 straight since their season opening loss to Colorado. Newcomer Jakob Silfverberg is off to a hot start, recording 4 goals in his first 4 games as a Duck.

"Mentally, we've got to be ready," Mikael Backlund told CalgaryFlames.com. "We've got to get pucks in deep, have a good forecheck, be relentless down there and win puck battles. Do the simple things."

Tonight's match-up will be a great test for Monahan, who will squaring off against the likes of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano,and Teemu Selanne throughout the course of the evening.

"It's going to be a new situation for Mony because early on in Washington or Columbus, teams were not paying too much attention to him because obviously, he's a young kid," head coach Bob Hartley explained.

"Now that he's producing, I'm sure that teams will be well aware of when he's going to be on the ice and they're going to be paying special attention. But on the flip side, I rarely saw a young player learn and improve at this pace."

BOUMA MAKING THE MOST OF HIS OPPORTUNITY

For most of his NHL career, Lance Bouma has been slotted on the Flames fourth line. He has played that role tremendously well - he brings energy, grit and speed to the line and never shies away from the physical side of the game.

But due to David Jones' upper body injury, the Provost, AB native is playing in a top-nine role, skating on a line with Backlund and TJ Galiardi, and he is loving every second of it.

"They're very good players and I enjoy playing with them" Bouma told CalgaryFlames.com. "Backs is a really skilled guy and Gali is a skilled guy who works really hard too.

"Our first game [together] was not so good in the first two periods but then in the third period, I thought we played pretty well. We got back on track and hopefully we can build off that."

Hartley has appreciated Bouma's unrelenting work ethic and drive, and feels confident placing him in his current role.

"I'm very impressed with him," the bench boss said. "Great young man to work with, good hockey sense, ready to block anything. This guy ... it's basically like we have two goalies when he's on the ice.

"He wants to be very good defensively but right from camp, he gave us quite a few goals from driving to the net. He's giving us some gutsy performances."

Bouma, who was the Flames third round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, has suited up for 48 games with Calgary. He has scored 2 goals (1 this season, in Washington on Oct.3) and 5 points in that span.

QUOTABLE

"I think they hit a home run drafting him." - Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau on Flames 2013 first round pick Sean Monahan

VERSUS THE DUCKS

All-time vs. Anaheim: 34-33-7-8

2012-13 season series: 1-2-0

Last 10 games vs. Anaheim: 3-5-2

Last 10 games in Anaheim: 0-5-5

Last year, Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross led the Flames in scoring against the Ducks with 3 points in 3 games.

Calgary and Anaheim have went to overtime or a shootout in 4 of the past 10 games.

GAME-WINNING GLENNY

Glencross has scored two game-winners this season (Columbus, Oct. 4 & Montreal, Oct. 9) which is tied for the league-lead. He is one shy of his 2012-13 game-winning goals total.

The 30-year-old former Duck has scored 8 goals and 14 points in 18 career games against Anaheim.

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Jiri Hudler needs 1 goal for 100.

Mike Cammalleri needs 3 assists for 250.

Kris Russell needs 5 points for 100.

Tim Jackman needs 9 games for 400.

TJ Galiardi needs 10 points for 100.

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