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Flames conclude home schedule against Ducks

Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 10:24 AM

Brian Hunter - Staff Writer

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Flames conclude home schedule against Ducks
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

DUCKS (27-10-6) at FLAMES (17-22-4)


Last 10: Anaheim 5-3-2; Calgary 4-6-0

Season series: Third and final meeting of the regular season. The Anaheim Ducks will be going for a sweep of the Calgary Flames. In the most recent matchup, Viktor Fasth stopped all 29 shots he faced in a 4-0 victory on March 8.

Big story: Miikka Kiprusoff will start for the Flames, possibly for the final time at Scotiabank Saddledome as a member of the organization he led to within a win of the Stanley Cup in 2004. Kiprusoff is just 7-13-2 with a 3.53 goals-against average and .877 save percentage this season, but has won over 300 games in his nine seasons in Calgary.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Western Canada is where Anaheim will spend the next week, as the Ducks embark on a four-game road swing that also sees them face the Oilers on consecutive nights before finishing up against the Canucks in a potential battle of division winners. They had their hands full Wednesday with a Blue Jackets team making a desperate playoff push. Despite taking a pair of one-goal leads courtesy of unlikely sources -- Sami Vatanen and David Steckel each scored his first of the season -- the Ducks saw the Jackets rally each time and eventually deal them a 3-2 loss on a Fedor Tyutin goal in overtime.

"I think this is a good time to go on the road," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "Good time to have a bonding trip right before the playoffs and play some good hockey, and go into the playoffs with it."

Flames: This is the final home game of the season for Calgary, which starts a season-ending four-game road trip in Minnesota on Sunday. The Flames are coming off a solid effort in which they put a serious dent in the Red Wings' postseason hopes with a 3-2 win on Wednesday. Veteran forward Steve Begin recorded his first two-goal game since Nov. 21, 2007, capitalizing on a pair of puckhandling mistakes by Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. Lee Stempniak also scored and Kiprusoff stopped 36 shots.

"I haven't played in a few games and I haven't won lately, so I was motivated by that, too," Kiprusoff said about possibly playing his next-to-last game in Calgary. "It's nice to win in front of the home crowd here."

Who's hot: Ryan Getzlaf has two goals and five assists in his past five games for the Ducks. … Sven Baertschi has two goals and two assists during a three-game points streak for the Flames.

Injury report: Anaheim is dealing with some issues on the blue line as Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa are battling upper-body injuries. Forward Nick Bonino is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, but could return at some point on this road trip. … Calgary is without defenseman Derek Smith (lower body) and forwards Brian McGrattan (shoulder) and Alex Tanguay (knee).

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 19 '13 ANA 1 at CGY 3 B. McGrattan
Mar 08 '13 CGY 0 at ANA 4 D. Winnik
Jan 21 '13 ANA 5 at CGY 4 R. Getzlaf
R. Getzlaf41143145+133932
C. Perry40141933+87055
B. Ryan44101828+41721
S. Koivu4481927+71640
T. Selanne43111223-102831
A. Cogliano44121022+14401
F. Beauchemin4451722+202000
K. Palmieri3991019+1924
D. Winnik4461319+131201
S. Souray4271017+234823
M. Beleskey407411+15611
N. Bonino235510-5810
E. Etem35369+5900
B. Lovejoy31099+12300
M. Lombardi27448-2811
L. Sbisa41178+02301
C. Fowler33088-7400
B. Allen38066+03400
P. Holland21325+4410
D. Steckel30145+0400
T. Lydman31044-31200
R. Dvorak7303+3201
P. Maroon11202+01000
S. Vatanen5101+1010
B. Staubitz13011-14100
B. McMillan6011-1200
D. Smith-Pelly5000-2000
R. Rakell4000-2000
J. Hendry2000+0000
V. Fasth2314-5-2486072.20.921
J. Hiller2413-6-4576182.48.908
M. Cammalleri41121830-141643
L. Stempniak4492130+21042
A. Tanguay40111627-132221
C. Glencross40151126-81833
J. Hudler3991625-112240
M. Stajan4051823+72401
J. Iginla3191322-72222
D. Wideman4361622-81241
R. Cervenka367815-131410
M. Backlund297815-52920
J. Bouwmeester336915-111610
M. Giordano4341014-53611
T. Brodie4311011-8800
S. Begin36448-22202
B. Comeau33437-91401
R. Horak16257-1200
S. Baertschi17246-1600
T. Jackman40145-85700
C. Butler40055-91900
B. McGrattan19303-43901
M. Reinhart8112-2200
C. Sarich26022-61100
B. Hanowski2101+1000
D. Smith22011-51000
B. Jones12011-3800
B. Carson9011+0000
A. Babchuk5011-3000
A. Aliu3000+01000
B. Street3000-3000
P. Byron1000-1000
M. Kiprusoff238-13-2736183.41.882
J. MacDonald187-7-1474692.91.900
L. Irving62-1-1151283.33.883
D. Taylor21-1-06683.00.912