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Preview: Ducks, Flames Open Game 1 at Honda Center

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Pacific Division champion Ducks open the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Game 1 of the First Round tonight vs. the Calgary Flames at Honda Center (7:30 p.m. PDT, Prime Ticket/AM 830). This marks Anaheim's 13th trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs all-time and the 10th in the last 12 years.

Anaheim has faced Calgary twice previously in the playoffs, meeting first in 2006 (Western Conference Quarterfinals) and again in 2015 (Second Round). Anaheim prevailed in both series (in seven and five games, respectively). Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who made their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts against the Flames in 2006, are the only two remaining players for either team from the 2006 series. Getzlaf has 10 points (2g/8a) in 12 playoff games vs. Calgary, while Perry has 11 points (4g/7a) in 12 games. Randy Carlyle was behind the Anaheim bench for his first playoff series as head coach in 2006.

Getzlaf (8 points, 1g/7a) and Perry (8 points, 4g/4a) led all skaters in scoring during the 2015 Second Round matchup, which ended on Perry's overtime goal in Game 5 at Honda Center. The Flames were led by Johnny Gaudreau (3 points, 2g/1a), Kris Russell (3 points, all assists) and Dennis Wideman (3 points, all assists). There are 11 Ducks (Andrew Cogliano, Cam Fowler, Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Hampus Lindholm, Perry, Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg, Clayton Stoner, Nate Thompson and Sami Vatanen) and 10 Flames (Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett, Lance Bouma, TJ Brodie, Deryk Engelland, Micheal Ferland, Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Matt Stajan and Wideman) remaining from the 2015 series. The Ducks took the 2016-17 regular-season series, 4-1, and extended their home win streak against Calgary to 25 games with a win at Honda Center on April 4. All-time, the Ducks are 56-36-9 vs. Calgary in the regular season (36-8-6 at home, 20-28-3 on road), and 8-4 in the playoffs (5-1 at home, 3-3 on the road).

Following tonight's opener, the series will resume on Saturday at Honda Center (7:30 p.m. PT) before shifting to Calgary for Games 3 and 4 on Monday, April 17 (7 p.m. PT) and Wednesday, April 19 (7 p.m. PT). If necessary, the series will return to Anaheim for Game 5 (April 21, Time: TBD), go back to Calgary for Game 6 (April 23, Time: TBD) and conclude at Honda Center in Game 7 (April 25, Time: TBD).

Four players on the Ducks roster have yet to make their debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, one less than the Anaheim roster that entered the 2016 postseason. Those players include Korbinian Holzer (119 career NHL games), Ondrej Kase (53 career NHL games), Brandon Montour (27 career NHL games), and Nick Ritchie (110 career NHL games).

Upcoming playoff milestones include Perry one playoff appearance from surpassing Francois Beauchemin (97) for sole possession of second on the all-time franchise games played list and Getzlaf one point to 100 career postseason points.

How They Got Here
Anaheim posted a 46-23-13 record in 2016-17 and became the fifth team in league history to conclude the regular season on a 14-game (11-0-3) point streak. The Ducks were the first team to accomplish the feat since Pittsburgh finished 1992-93 with points in 18 straight games. The other three teams included Montreal (21-game point streak in 1979-80), Philadelphia (14 in 1974-75) and Buffalo (14 in 1979-80). The 11-0-3 run was the third-longest standings point streak in club history and tied for the second longest in the NHL in 2016-17 (Columbus 16, Washington also had 14).

At Honda Center, Anaheim's 29-8-4 record and 62 points tied franchise home records in both categories. In addition, the club allowed the fewest home goals in club history (82). The Ducks won their final six home games (6-0-0) and closed the season with a 10-game point streak (9-0-1) at Honda Center.

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