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PREVIEW - FLAMES VS. DUCKS

The Flames host the Ducks on Scotiabank Fan Appreciation Night on Sunday

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

DUCKS (42-23-13) VS. FLAMES (44-30-4)

BROADCAST: 7:30 p.m.; Sportsnet One (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: Sunday's game will be the fourth of five meetings between the Flames and Anaheim Ducks this season. The Flames are 1-2-0 against their divisional rivals this year, picking up their lone win on Dec. 4 when they earned a 8-3 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The clubs will wrap up their season series on Apr. 4 in Anaheim. Alex Chiasson leads the Flames with two goals and four points against Anaheim this year. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, and Matt Stajan trail him with three points against the Ducks.

DUCKS' TEAM SCOPE: Like the Flames, the Ducks have clinched a playoff spot and are now jostling for position in a tightly-packed Pacific Division. They are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers, putting them second in the division with 97 points. Offensively, they're led by the usual suspects: Ryan Getzlaf (15 goals, 67 points), Ryan Kesler (21 goals, 54 points) and Corey Perry (18 goals, 51 points). In net, both John Gibson and Jonathan Bernier have performed admirably, holding down the fort throughout the season. Gibson has a 23-16-9 record with a 2.29 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Bernier holds a 19-7-4 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: Calgary clinched a playoff berth on Friday when they downed the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "Those guys, they pushed. I've never been as proud of a group, from the adversity were had at the start, just sticking with it, in my 17 years, 18 years of coaching. This is just a fantastic group of guys," head coach Glen Gulutzan said afterwards. Gaudreau, who leads the team with 60 points, extended his point streak to seven games in the victory with a first period goal against the Sharks. Brian Elliott earned his 26th win of the year on Friday, stopping 36 San Jose shots. He is now 26-15-3 with a 2.50 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

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