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Preview: Ducks Look to Finish off Homestand With a Win Tonight vs. Flames

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

Riding their best start since the 2014-15 season, the Ducks (6-2-0) will look to finish their three-game homestand on a high note as they host the Calgary Flames (4-4-1) at Honda Center. (6 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). The Ducks come in with a four-game home winning streak that matches the best start in club history - done three times - and the first since 2014-15, and have established a franchise record for the fewest goals allowed through the first eight games of a season (14).


The Ducks are coming off a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, with Adam Henrique, Troy Terry, Jakob Silfverberg and Carter Rowney providing the offense. Making his second start of the season, Ryan Miller turned aside 22 of 24 shots to improve his record to 2-0.

While the Ducks are finding success on the ice, they're also developing chemistry with every passing day. It's a close-knit team that forged a tight bond from the first day of training camp.

"It's encouraging to hear them in the room and on the bench," head coach Dallas Eakins said after the win over the Canes. "It's just great reminders of things we haven't even said to them today, but it's been things we've covered in the past. We've got a group in there that's all really pulling in the same direction. It's fun to watch."

The Ducks enter tonight's contest with five players in the top 10 in plus-minus, including Silfverberg (+9, tied for first), Rickard Rakell (+8, tied for third), Henrique (+7, tied for seventh) and Cam Fowler (+7, tied for seventh). Silfverberg, who is a +8 in his last four games and +10 in his last six, has seven points (4g/3a) in his last six games. Fowler has not been on the ice for a goal against in 131 minutes of five-on-five play this season (15 minutes more than the second-ranked player), while Rakell is the only player who has played at least 90 minutes in all situations (power play/penalty kill/even strength) and has not been on the ice for a goal against (125:31).

This marks the opener of a four-game series between the Ducks and Flames, and one of two at Honda Center. The Ducks own an all-time record of 60-40-9 against the Flames, including a 39-9-6 mark at home. They've gone 13-5-0 vs. Calgary dating to Nov. 24, 2015 and 35-13-12 since Nov. 29, 2007. Ryan Getzlaf leads active Ducks in career scoring vs. Calgary with 61 points (18g/43a) in 54 games.

The Flames tonight close out a back-to-back set that began with a 4-1 loss last night in LA. Like the Hurricanes on Friday, the Flames found themselves down by four goals until Mikael Backlund scored on a penalty shot with 2:10 remaining in regulation. It marked Calgary's third straight road loss, but snapped a two-game winning streak. Goaltender David Rittich allowed four goals on 28 shots in two periods before Cam Talbot took over for the third.

Johnny Gaudreau (seven points, 3g/4a) and Matthew Tkachuk (seven points, 2g/5a) co-lead the club in scoring through nine games, while Rittich is 4-3-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in eight appearances. Talbot is 0-1-0 with a 2.34 GAA and .892 SV% in two appearances this season, his first with the Flames.

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