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Preview: Ducks Conclude Back-to-Back in Calgary

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

CALGARY - The Ducks (42-23-13, 97 points) put the finishing touches on their four-game road trip tonight against the Calgary Flames (44-30-4, 92 points) at Scotiabank Saddledome (6:30 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). This contest also concludes the club's final road trip (and back-to-back) of the regular season. Anaheim enters the game riding a season-high 10-game point streak (7-0-3, 17 points) and has gone 9-1-3 over its last 13 games and 10-2-3 dating to the end of its bye week on March 3.

Tonight's game opens a rare late-season home-and-home series with the Flames. These clubs will battle each other once more on Tuesday night at Honda Center. The Ducks have gone 2-1-0 in the first three meetings of the season series, including wins on November 6 at Honda Center (4-1) and December 29 at Scotiabank Saddledome (3-1).

The Ducks arrived in Calgary in the early hours of the morning after making the short flight from Edmonton following their 3-2 overtime loss to the Oilers last night at Rogers Place. Despite erasing a 1-0 deficit with two unanswered power-play goals from Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves, the Ducks let a lead slip away in the final minutes of regulation for the second consecutive game. (Anaheim gave up the tying marker with 12 seconds remaining in a 4-3 OTL on Thursday at Winnipeg). Despite earning a point in the overtime setback against the Oilers, the point lost bumped them into second place in the Pacific Division behind Edmonton, though both clubs are gridlocked at 97 points.

Jonathan Bernier could return to the crease tonight after serving as John Gibson's backup last night in Edmonton. Gibson made 34 saves against the Oilers, his first game since March 10 at St. Louis.

After clinching a postseason berth two nights ago with a 5-2 victory over San Jose, the Flames can take sole possession of third place away from the Sharks with a win tonight. The Flames enter tonight's game in the first wild card spot, one point ahead of the Nashville Predators (second wild card) and one point behind San Jose. This marks the home finale for the Flames, who will embark on a three-game California road trip with games on Tuesday in Anaheim, Thursday in LA and Saturday at San Jose. Johnny Gaudreau paces the Flames with 60 points (18g/42a) in 68 games, while Brian Elliott enters tonight's contest with a 26-15-3 record, 2.50 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

Video: The Ducks look ahead to the matchup with Calgary

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