Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

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Mar 26, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) passes the puck as Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) defends during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Anaheim Ducks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks begin a two game road-trip through Western Canada tonight, taking on the Calgary Flames tonight in a Pacific Division showdown. Expected by many to struggle this season, Calgary has surprised many, starting the season 11-6-2 while sitting just two points behind the Ducks, who currently sits atop the Pacific Division. The Flames are where they are in the standings partially because they are third in the NHL in total goals scored and first in the Western Conference, with 59 (Tampa Bay has 71, and Pittsburgh has 60). In their past nine victories, the Flames have scored at least four goals in all of them. Calgary also has nine different players with at least four goals, so they are getting scoring throughout the team.

To better know how the Flames are doing this season, I sent some questions to Len Nunes, who is the editor for Flame For Thought, the FanSided site dedicated to covering the Calgary Flames. In the next few pages, Len answers some questions about Calgary’s potential Norris Trophy candidate, what has impressed him the most about Calgary in the early part of the season, and how a familiar face for the Ducks has done since signing up north in Calgary.