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Preview: Ducks, Flames Conclude Home-and-Home Set

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Pacific Division-leading Ducks (43-23-13, 99 points) open their final homestand of the 2016-17 regular season tonight vs. the Calgary Flames (44-31-4, 92 points) on Fan Appreciation Night at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). The Ducks enter this evening's game riding a season-high 11-game point streak (8-0-3, 19 points), have gone 10-1-3 in the last 14 games and 11-2-3 dating to the end of their bye week on March 3, which ranks second among NHL teams in points (25) and tied for second in wins. At Honda Center, Anaheim is 8-1-1 in the last 10 home games and 16-4-2 since January 1. The Ducks have two additional games on the regular-season schedule following this matchup, including Thursday vs. Chicago (7 p.m. PT) and Sunday vs. Los Angeles (5:30 p.m. PT).

Tonight's contest concludes the home-and-home set and five-game season series between the Ducks and Flames. Anaheim leads the season series, 3-1-0, with wins on November 6 (4-1), December 29 (3-1) and April 2 (4-3). Ryan Kesler leads Anaheim in scoring against Calgary this season with nine points (4g/5a) in four games. The Ducks own an all-time record of 55-36-9 vs. the Flames, including a 35-8-6 mark at Honda Center. Anaheim has won an NHL-record 24 consecutive home games over Calgary, the league's longest home winning streak against one opponent (Philadelphia had a 23-game home winning streak against Pittsburgh from Feb. 17, 1980 - Jan. 29, 1987). The Ducks have not lost at home to the Flames since Jan. 19, 2004 and are 26-8-2 overall vs. Calgary dating to Nov. 29, 2007. In addition, Anaheim has won eight of the last nine games vs. Calgary dating to Nov. 24, 2015 (8-1-0). Ryan Getzlaf has 53 points (15g/38a) in 47 career games vs. the Flames, tops among current Ducks skaters.

The Ducks can reach the 100-point mark for the fourth consecutive season tonight and remain atop the Pacific Division standings in this final week of the regular season. Anaheim went 2-0-2 on its final road trip of the season, with regulation wins in Vancouver and Calgary, and overtime losses in Winnipeg and Edmonton. If the playoffs started today, the Ducks would host the Flames in the first round. Of course, these two clubs met in the second round of the 2015 postseason, a series the Ducks took in five games.

Tonight's contest is the opener of a three-game road trip for the Flames, who will face the Kings on Thursday and Sharks on Saturday in their season finale. Calgary's position in the playoff race can fluctuate over the course this final week. The Flames currently sit in the first wild card spot, one point ahead of the Nashville Predators, but remain just three points behind the Sharks for third place in the Pacific Division. The Flames are five points behind the second-place Oilers and seven points behind the Ducks.

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