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Preview: Flames vs. Ducks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

DUCKS (13-15-6) at FLAMES (17-16-2)

TV: PRIME, FS-SD, SNW (7:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Anaheim Ducks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Calgary Flames at home on Nov. 24. Ryan Getzlaf had five assists for the Ducks, setting up Corey Perry for the tying and game-winning goals in the third period. Michael Frolik had two goals for the Flames.

Ducks team scope: Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau announced that defenceman Cam Fowler sprained his knee in the Ducks' 4-2 win at home against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, but a timeline for his recovery won't be determined until later this week. Fowler left the game in the first period. "We all consider him one of our top defencemen," Boudreau told the Ducks website. "You lose him for any length of time, and I don't know what the timeframe is, but it's going to hurt any time he's not playing." Fowler leads the Ducks in ice time (22:38 per game) this season. Anaheim recalled 20-year-old defenceman Shea Theodore from San Diego of the American Hockey League. He was Anaheim's first-round selection (No. 26) at the 2013 NHL Draft but has yet to play a game for the Ducks. Boudreau said Theodore could make his debut during a three-game Western Canada trip; the Ducks play against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

Flames team scope: Frolik (upper body) is Calgary's lone injured player. He has missed the past four games. The Flames have won a franchise record 11 in a row at home after a 5-3 victory against the Oilers on Sunday. It's the longest home win streak in the NHL since the Pittsburgh Penguins won 13 consecutive games at the Consol Energy Center between Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 15, 2014. Left wing Johnny Gaudreau was the NHL First Star of the Week for his five goals in two games last week, including a hat trick against the Winnipeg Jets last Tuesday. He's moved up to seventh in the NHL scoring race with 17 goals and 39 points in 35 games, and his First Star of the Week honors came exactly a year after he won the same accolade in his rookie season. "I mean, I like Christmas," Gaudreau told the Flames website. "Who doesn't like Christmas? I think it's probably coincidental. We're playing really well right now at home. I'm shooting the puck a lot and getting shots on net and creating scoring chances with shooting the puck. We've got to keep doing that."

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