The Flames have acquired Dougie Hamilton from the Bruins for 15th, 45th and 52nd draft picks in this year’s draft.
Hamilton is a pending restricted free-agent, but the Flames should have no problem getting him under contract. Since being draft 9th overall in 2011, Hamilton has scored 22 goals with 61 assists (83 points) in 178 career NHL games. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2014-15, registering 42 points (10G / 32A) in 72 contests. He joins Mark Giordano, T.J Brodie and Kris Russell to form a very strong top-4 on the Flames back-end.
The Flames re-signed Mikael Backlund to a three-year deal worth $10.725M.
Backlund, 26, missed 30 games in 2014-15 after undergoing abdominal surgery in late-October. Despite the injury, he managed to post the highest points-per-game of he career by tallying 10 goals and 17 assists (27 points) in 52 games. Backlund is a strong two-way forward who plays in all situations for the Flames.
Wotherspoon has failed to record a point and has been limited to just 6:39 TOI/GP in six playoff games so far. The 22-year-old will take a seat with the more experience Rapheal Diaz getting back into the lineup after missing the last 12 games with a lower-body injury.
Diaz has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since April 2nd, but he will get back into the lineup for Game 3 vs. the Ducks. He will slide onto the third pairing with David Schlemko as his partner and Tyler Wotherspoon will become a healthy scratch. Diaz had just four points (2G / 2A) in 56 games this season.
Ferland (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Game 3.
Ferland was held out of Game 2, but he took part in the morning skate today and said “I feel good, but it's going to be a coach's decision." Signs are pointing towards the rookie playing tonight, but he is officially listed as a game-time decision. Expect David Wolf to come out of the lineup if Ferland plays.
The Flames will burn the first year of Bennett’s contract when he plays in Game 3 on Tuesday.
Bennett will suit up in his 10th game of the season, which will burn the first year of his entry level contract. The Flames will not hesitate to burn that year, because Bennett gives them a chance to win. The 18-year-old has three goals and one assist in eight playoff games.
Ramo made 31 saves on 33 shots in the Flames 3-0 loss to Anaheim in Game 2. He has made 49 saves on 54 shots (.907 SV%) in five period against the Ducks in this series. He played well on Sunday and it earned him the start tonight in Calgary. Ramo went 8-3-3 with a 2.78 GAA and .900 SV% in 16 starts at home this season.
Hudler (undisclosed) is expected to play in Game 2 on Sunday.
Hudler left Game 1 with an undisclosed injury. He missed most of the last two periods of the game, but he is expected to play in Game 2on Sunday. Hudler has six points (3G / 3A) in seven games in the playoffs.
Diaz (lower-body) will be a game-time decision for Game 2.
Diaz has been out since April 2nd, but it looks like he has a chance to return to the lineup in Game 2 vs. the Ducks. Diaz had just two goals and two assists (4 points) in 56 games this season. Diaz would replace Tyler Wotherspoon in the lineup.
Ramo allowed three goals on 21 shots after replacing Jonas Hiller in the Flames 6-1 loss to the Ducks in Game 1. He has made three relief appearances so far, stopping 37 of 42 shots (.881 SV%). The Ducks have yet to lose in the postseason, so Ramo is hard to trust in one-day formats.
Hiller will return to Anaheim to take on the team that simply gave up on him last year. After spending seven seasons in Anaheim, Hiller signed with the Flames this offseason. Hiller went 1-2-0 with a 3.43 GAA and .889 SV% in three starts and one relief appearance against the Ducks this season. Despite the regular season struggles against his former team, Hiller comes in as a confident goaltender after posting a 2.20 GAA and .931 SV% in the first round.
Hiller made 28 saves on 29 shots in the Flames 3-1 win over Vancouver in Game 4. The win gave the Flames a 3-1 lead in the series and a chance to eliminate the Canucks tonight. Hiller has posted a 1.79 GAA and .938 SV% in the series so far, but don’t expect the Canucks to roll over tonight.
Hiller gave up two goals on 25 shots in the Flames 4-2 win over the Canucks in Game 3. The win gave Calgary a 2-1 lead in the series, with a chance to make it 3-1 on home ice tonight. Hiller was 15-10-2 with a 2.35 GAA and .908 SV% in Calgary this season.