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The netminder will make his first start since Mar. 23 in Nashville

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Looking at the schedule and Brian Elliott's run of games as of late, Glen Gulutzan knew it was time to get Chad Johnson in.

Johnson will make his 36th start and 16th appearance on the road this evening when the Flames take on the Ducks at 8:00 p.m. (SN1, SN960).

"If you look at his numbers on the road, he's had great success. It's just time," Gulutzan said.

"I elected not to change anything today other than getting Johnny going and that's just to get Ells' some rest with the travel and we want Johnny to get some games."

Johnson is 18-15-1 this year with a 2.60 GAA and a .910 save percentage. On the road, he has a 9-6-1 record, with his most recent win on the road came in Sunrise, FL when he made 38 saves and posted a .947 save percentage in the 4-2 victory over the Panthers.

With his last start coming on Mar. 23, Johnson has spent his time in practice rounding out his game and is feeling confident heading into this evening's affair.

"I feel good. It's the same, as always. I feel good. You take time to work on everything. There's not really one area you focus on. It's just trying to be as sharp as you can in practice and make sure you're ready for games."

The Flames' last victory in Anaheim came on Jan.19, 2004 and the start of their 26 regular season game losing streak started on Apr. 4, 2004 - a storyline that has been rehashed many times over the years.

But that isn't Johnson or the Flames' focus this evening.

The Ducks could be their opponent in the playoffs and they're treating this game as a postseason preview.

"That's the last thing on our mind - the history thing," Johnson said. "Obviously, when it's over and you get the win, you can think about that but you can't really focus on that aspect of the game. You've got to go in with the right mindset like you always do, to play well as a team and play our game regardless of where we are or what the circumstances are. You just want to play well as a team and play the right way."

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