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FLAMES-DUCKS PREVIEW - GAME 1

The Flames and Ducks get their quarter-final series underway on Thursday

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Game Time - 8:30 p.m. MT

Broadcast - CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports

The Flames and Anaheim Ducks will square off in the postseason for the second time in the past three years, going head-to-head in the Western Conference quarter-finals. With the Ducks capturing the Pacific Division title with a 46-23-13 record and 105 points, the series will start in Anaheim on Thursday. The Flames earned the first Western Conference Wildcard spot with a 45-33-4 record and 94 points on the year.

Injury Report

Flames - Goaltender Chad Johnson is day-to-day with a lower body injury. He skated with the team on Wednesday but will not be available to back up Brian Elliott for Game 1.

Ducks - Anaheim will be without defencemen Cam Fowler (knee), Simon Despres (concussion) and forward Ryan Garbutt (shoulder). Defenceman Clayton Stoner (abdomen) is day-to-day.

Keep An Eye On - Kris Versteeg

Heading into playoffs, the veteran winger racked up points late (2 goals, 6 points), leading all Flames skaters in the last five games of the regular season. In addition, the 30-year-old piled up two goals and three points in the last two meetings with the Ducks, bringing his point total of five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the five game-season series against Anaheim. With a career total of 44 playoff points and a Stanley Cup ring, Versteeg will be looked upon for his offensive production and leadership as the Flames look to grab a win at the Honda Center.

Quotables

"We want to play fast. We want to not dust the puck off too much. We want to get the puck moving north-south as quickly as we can." - Glen Gulutzan

"We've got to play our own game. If we can play as groups of five out there ... they've got a lot of skill and they're deep so every line has to contribute." - Deryk Engelland

"We've got a team in here that can play physical and that can play fast. We know what kind of team Anaheim is but we're not going to change the way we play. We're just going to play a fast, hard game." - Micheal Ferland

"It's always a battle playing against these guys. We've learned that over the years, especially in the playoffs a couple of years ago. We know what we're in for and we're excited for the challenge." - Johnny Gaudreau

"I know we're all alpha males out here and everybody wants to be the biggest and baddest but at the end of the day, every guy in here would take a punch or take a licking to win the series. You look at our team … it's going to be an emotional series. There's a history between the two teams but we're going to be putting the series and the team first, above anything else." - Anaheim defenceman Kevin Bieksa

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