FLAMES (25-18-3) at DUCKS (30-10-6)
TV: SNW, PRIME
Season series: The Calgary Flames scored three third-period goals and defeated the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout on Nov. 18 at Scotiabank Saddledome. It was a different story a week later at Honda Center, where the Ducks held off the Flames' third-period rally behind Frederik Andersen's 32 saves.
Flames team scope: Calgary is going for a sweep of its five-game Pacific Division road trip. The Flames enter the night one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for the second Western Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a point behind the San Jose Sharks for third place in the Pacific. The Flames are carrying three healthy goalies after Karri Ramo (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday, but Joni Ortio will start against the Ducks. Ortio, who was recalled when Ramo was injured, is 4-0-0 with a 1.23 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and one shutout. "The play of Joni Ortio is forcing us to keep him here," coach Bob Hartley said via Twitter. Defenceman Raphael Diaz will likely play for Ladislav Smid (upper body), who was placed on IR Tuesday. Defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon was recalled from Adirondack of the American Hockey League but is unlikely to play.
Ducks team scope: Anaheim has won four straight and six of seven, and has earned points in nine of 11 (8-2-1, 17 points) to maintain a commanding lead in the Pacific Division with no signs of letting up. "We just want to keep improving every game until the end," defenceman Francois Beauchemin told the Ducks website. "We're going to lose some games, but as long as we play a solid 60-minute game and the other team beats us, we're fine with that." The Ducks have won 19 consecutive regular-season games against the Flames at Honda Center, but coach Bruce Boudreau knows this is a different Flames team than in seasons past. "Every game we play them is close, and every game since Bob Hartley got there has been close." he said. Andersen's 25 wins are tied for second in the NHL and he's 15-2-1 in his past 18 games.