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5 THINGS - FLAMES @ DUCKS

The Flames finish off their three-game California road swing in Anaheim

by PAUL MAWDSLEY @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (50-23-7: 107 PTS) at ANAHEIM DUCKS (33-37-10: 76 PTS)

8:30 p.m. | TV: Sportsnet West | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

Season Series: 2-1-0

All-time series against Anaheim: 42-51-7-8

Flames Road Record: 24-14-2

Ducks Home Record: 17-14-8

Leading Scorers:

Flames:

Points - Johnny Gaudreau (97)

Goals - Gaudreau (36)

Ducks:

Points - Ryan Getzlaf (47)

Goals - Jakob Silfverberg (23)

 

US

With a 7-2 win over the LA Kings on Monday, the Flames became just the second team in the NHL this season to win 50 games. With a number of key starters missing from the line-up against the Kings, the Flames saw Mark Jankowski (1g, 2a), Derek Ryan (2g), and James Neal (1g, 1a) step up in a big way. Andrew Mangiapane and Sam Bennett - who made his return to the line-up after dealing with an injury - both scored for Calgary as well. … "We were real good," said Ryan. "It was a tough game to go out and play, obviously, with things the way they are. But I thought, with a lot of new guys drawing into the lineup, they played very well against a tough LA team. They came into our barn a week ago and played really well. It's not easy to play against them. I was really happy with the way our roster went out there. I thought we were really professional and played a good game. It's good to see some guys break out a little bit before the playoffs and get the confidence going." … The road win pushes the Flames win streak to three games and 107 points on the season, the second-highest point total in a single season, surpassing the 105 points from the 1987-88 season. … Following tonight's match-up with the Ducks, the Flames will finish off their regular season schedule with a Saturday night clash against the Edmonton Oilers.

 

THEM

The Ducks found themselves on the wrong side of a 6-1 game against the Flames on March 29, but they rebounded with a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers the next night. Rickard Rackell did most of the damage, recording a hat-trick. Corey Perry and Devin Shore contributed tallies, as well. … "After the performance last night, I thought we came together as a group and as a team today, and everybody did their jobs, everybody worked hard," Ducks assistant coach Mark Morrison said. "One of the keys for us is that we played four lines and everybody had some even ice time and everyone did their job, which was good." … Over their past five outings, the Ducks have a 3-1-1 record, earning wins over the San Jose Sharks (4-3 OT), the Vancouver Canucks (5-4), and the Oilers. … Despite scoring 19 goals in their past five games, the Ducks remain the NHL's lowest scoring franchise with 188 goals in 80 games. 

 
US VS. THEM

Calgary and Anaheim enter their fourth and final meeting just five days after their last head to head bout. In their first battle back on Nov. 7, Matthew Tkachuk and Jankowski scored for the Flames, but fell 3-2 as Ryan Getzlaf netted the game-winner. Round two featured TJ Brodie and Mangiapane score in a 2-1 Flames victory. In the latest get-together, Calgary exploded offensively, taking the Ducks down by a score of 6-1. Sean Monahan was the catalyst for offence in the game, dropping two goals and two assists. … "Obviously nice to get some run support tonight," said goalie Mike Smith . "We deserved it. We were hard in front of the net. (Monahan) comes out and finds a couple dirty ones there. I think we ended up maybe having four of them as tips. Our net presence at the other end was a key tonight."

 

THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: Johnny Gaudreau is just three points away from notching a 100-point season. He also passed Theo Fleury (1995-96) and Jarome Iginla (2001-02) for the eighth-most single season points by a winger in Flames franchise history. ... THAT: The Flames are having a historic season on the road. They notched their 24th road win on the season on Monday to establish a franchise record for most in a season. They eclipsed the previous mark of 22 set in 1987-88, 1988-89, and 2014-15. ... THE OTHER: The Flames are the second team in the NHL to hit the 50-win mark in 2018-19, joining the Lightning. Calgary, which clinched first place in the Western Conference standings on Sunday, reached the 50-win mark in a season for the second time in franchise history and first since 1988-89 when it had 54 enroute to capturing the Stanley Cup (54-17-9, 117 points).

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Flames - C Derek Ryan

Since March 4, the Flames fourth liner has been a dynamo in the offensive zone. Ryan has tallied six goals and seven assists with a plus-17 rating over that stretch. In the last meeting with the Ducks, Ryan had a goal and an assist in just 14:02 of ice time.

Ducks - LW Rickard Rackell

It's been a down year for the 25-year old Swede, but he's found his stride in recent games. Over his last five games, Rackell has seven goals and an assist, including his second career hat-trick.
 

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