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Preview: Flames @ Ducks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (8-12-1) at DUCKS (7-10-4)

TV: SNW, FS-W (8:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Anaheim Ducks were 3-1-1 against the Calgary Flames last season, then defeated them in five games in the Western Conference Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri led Anaheim with four goals each during the regular season, and Calgary forwards Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Matt Stajan each scored three goals.

Flames team scope: Hudler, who missed a 2-1 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday because he was sick, practiced Monday before Calgary traveled to open a three-game Pacific Division road trip. The Flames have lost 20 consecutive regular-season games at Honda Center (0-15-5); their last win was Jan. 19, 2004. "Each time you have a new team like we have this year, you go in there with a fresh outlook on things," forward Joe Colborne told the Flames website. "It's not going there feeling like we have 15-whatever years of losses that we have to atone for. We have a huge game against a divisional rival and a team we know we're going to be battling with for the rest of the year. We know we have to go in there and steal two points from a good team that plays well at home." Goalie Karri Ramo is likely to make his 11th straight start. He is 6-4-0 with a .907 save percentage the past 10 games. Calgary, which has won three of its past four, will visit the Arizona Coyotes on Friday and the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Ducks team scope: Defenceman Hampus Lindholm skated at practice Monday after he sat out a 5-0 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday because of an upper-body injury. He sustained the injury Thursday in a 3-1 win at the Florida Panthers. Coach Bruce Boudreau told the Ducks website that Lindholm's status for Tuesday had not been determined. Anaheim will play seven of its next eight games at home following a 2-2-0 road trip; three of its next four and four of its next six will be against Pacific teams. "Calgary is a team that works hard and has a lot of team speed," defenceman Cam Fowler said. "They can come at you in a lot of different ways. Their defensemen are extremely active offensively. They have some really good guys on the back end playing good hockey. We have to check properly and make sure we're prepared in our own end." The Ducks are fifth in the Pacific Division with 18 points, one more than the Flames.

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