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Preview: Ducks Aim to Finish Homestand on a High Note

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks (5-5-2, 12 pts.) conclude a three-game homestand, the club's longest to date this season, against the Calgary Flames (5-7-1, 11 pts.) tonight at Honda Center (6:30 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). Anaheim has earned standings points in six of the past eight games (5-2-1, 11 pts.) as the club wraps up a two-game stretch against Pacific Division opponents (3-0-1 record this season). The Ducks are also spending the last of 13 consecutive days in Southern California (five home games and one contest in LA).

Tonight's matchup opens a five-game season series between these two divisional foes. The Ducks own an all-time record of 52-35-9 vs. the Flames, including a 34-8-6 mark at Honda Center. Anaheim's active 23-game home winning streak against the Flames, which dates back to April 4, 2004 (Calgary is 0-18-5 during this span), matches the longest regular-season home winning streak against one opponent in NHL history. The Philadelphia Flyers are the only other team to post such a run, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 23 straight times on home ice from Feb. 17, 1980 - Jan. 29, 1987.

Furthermore, the Ducks have not lost at home to the Flames since Jan. 19, 2004 and are 25-8-2 overall vs. Calgary dating to Nov. 29, 2007. Anaheim is riding a five-game winning streak overall vs. Calgary dating to Nov. 24, 2015 (W, 5-3). Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has 48 points (15g/33a) in 43 career game vs. the Flames, tops among current Ducks skaters.

The Ducks enter tonight's game feeling good about themselves following a bounce-back 5-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center on Friday. Rickard Rakell had a game-high three points (2g/1a) for his second three-point effort in his first three games of the season. Antoine Vermette had a goal and an assist while Jakob Silfverberg found the back of the net for the third time this season in the victory. Rookie Ondrej Kase recorded his first career NHL point (assist) in his second NHL game. John Gibson stopped 21-of-22 shots in his 10th consecutive appearance, tying his career high.

Calgary, meanwhile, closes out a four-game road trip that began with a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on November 1. From there, the Flames traveled to San Jose where they skated to a 3-2 victory on Thursday. Last night, the Flames got run out of Staples Center in a 5-0 shutout loss to the LA Kings. Brian Elliott gave up all five goals in the loss, which dropped the Flames to 1-3-0 over their past four games.

Following tonight's game, the Ducks embark on a three-game road trip that makes stops in Columbus on Wednesday (4 p.m. PT), Carolina on Thursday (4 p.m. PT) and Nashville on Saturday (5 p.m. PT).

Upcoming milestones include Cam Fowler one appearance from tying Matt Cullen (427) for ninth on the franchise's all-time games played list and Sami Vatanen one point from surpassing Ruslan Salei (105) for sole possession of eighth on the franchise's all-time scoring list for defensemen.

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