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Preview: Ducks Aim For Third Straight Win Tonight in Calgary

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

Within striking distance of a playoff spot, a big test awaits the Ducks tonight as they face the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. (6 p.m. PT, TV: FOX Sports West, Radio: AM 830). At the moment, the Ducks (24-27-9, 57 points) are five points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card spot in the conference. They've won two straight games and three of their last four (3-1-0), including two shutouts (Feb. 13 vs. Vancouver and Feb. 19 at Minnesota).

They'll have their work cut out for them tonight. Calgary leads the Western Conference with 81 points (37-16-7) and have a +43 goal differential. The Flames are riding a three-game winning streak and have lost only five games in regulation at home all season (19-5-5). With 37 wins this season, the Flames have already matched their total from last season, and they've scored more goals (221) than they did in 2017-18 (218).

Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 79 points (30g/49a) in 60 games. With another point, Gaudreau will reach the 80-point mark for the second consecutive season after posting a career-best 84 points (24g/60a) during the 2017-18 campaign. The 25-year-old left wing is set to become just the second Flames player since 1994-95 to post back-to-back 80-point seasons (Jarome Iginla, 2006-07 to 2008-09).

The Ducks have found success against the Flames over the years. They enter tonight's game with an all-time record of 59-38-9 and have gone 12-3-0 vs. Calgary dating to Nov. 24, 2015. Going further back, the Ducks are 34-11-2 vs. Calgary since Nov. 29, 2007. Ryan Getzlaf enters tonight's game ranked second among active NHL skaters with 60 career points (17g/43a). He also has 26 points (7g/19a) in his last 20 against the Flames. The series opener took place on Nov. 7 at Honda Center, a 3-2 Ducks victory.

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