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Preview: Flames @ Ducks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

FLAMES (26-28-3) at DUCKS (30-19-8)

TV: PRIME, FS-SD, SN, NHL.TV (5:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Anaheim Ducks have beaten the Calgary Flames three times this season. Corey Perry had two goals and an assist and Ryan Getzlaf had five assists in Anaheim's 5-3 win Nov. 24 at Honda Center. Shawn Horcoff's second-period goal gave the Ducks a 1-0 win Dec. 29 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mike Santorelli scored two goals in a 6-4 win Feb. 15 in Calgary.

Flames team scope: Goaltender Jonas Hiller will start Sunday, coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. It will be Hiller's eighth straight appearance; he has started four straight games and six of the previous seven, and is 4-3-0 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in that span. The Flames haven't won in Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004; they are 0-16-5 in their past 21 games at Honda Center. But the players know they'll have to end that streak to keep their slim Stanley Cup Playoff hopes alive. "Every win that we have right now is life," forward Joe Colborne told the Flames website. "We can’t afford to have too many more losses. It's getting down to that point where we have to start gaining some ground. It's not like we have one team to get past; there are a few teams we have to leapfrog."

Ducks team scope: Anaheim went 5-1-1 on its seven-game road trip, including wins in the final four games, and will look to continue that momentum in the opener of a five-game homestand. "We were able to win in different ways on the road," defenceman Cam Fowler told the Ducks website. "We were able to score goals when we needed them; we were able to shut teams down when we needed to do that, too. Showed a lot about our character. It's always difficult to win games on the road. We have to take that momentum home and protect our home ice." Coach Bruce Boudreau said he'd settle for his team playing the right way on a more consistent basis. "We've been playing fairly well," he said. "We've been winning more than playing really well. We've been inconsistent a lot of times and still won. We want to get down to playing consistently well all the time."

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