CALGARY, AB -- The Anaheim Ducks hope to use the Calgary Flames as a stepping stone to getting back on the track towards the President’s Trophy and stay in the chase for the No. 1 overall seed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Ducks, who were once situated at the top of the Western Conference, have stumbled since the calendar turned from February. Anaheim is winless in their past three games and have taken just three victories in their past nine outings, dropping them to one point behind the St. Louis Blues for top spot in the NHL.
A win against the Flames could help the Ducks keep pace with St. Louis, who currently owns the top spot in both the Western Conference and League.
This Season: 43-15-7, 93 points (2nd in West)
Last Season: 30-12-6, 66 points (2nd in West)
Notable Injuries: Forward Mathieu Perrault (upper body) and defenceman Stephane Robidas (broken leg) will both miss the game against the Flames. Defenceman Luca Sbisa (lower body) is also questionable.
Flames Season Series Record: 0-2-0
Perry has been on a tear since returning from Sochi with Olympic gold. The 28-year-old has five goals in as many games in the post-Olympic break, pushing his total on the season to a team-leading 35. His 66 points -- fifth in the NHL -- is also second on the Ducks trailing Ryan Getzlaf.
Though he’s having a standout season, Bonino has slumped after the Olympic break. The 25-year-old has 16 goals and 41 points in 61 games this season but only one -- an assist -- has come in the five games since returning from action.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jackman is set to skate in his first game at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday after the Flames swapped the 32-year-old veteran for a sixth-round pick back in November. Since then, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Jackman has suited up for 21 games with the Ducks, recording two goals, three points and 53 penalty minutes.
Lindholm has shown a lot of promise in his rookie year in the NHL. The 20-year-old has five goals and 22 points in 62 games of what is his second season in North America after spending 2012-13 with the Norfolk Admirals -- Anaheim’s AHL affiliate. The 6-foot-3, 197 pound Lindholm was initially selected sixth overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Getzlaf, like Perry, has shown no signs of slowing down since returning from Sochi with gold. The 28-year-old has recorded four points in five games since the Olympics and currently sits third overall in the League with 71 points.