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Preview: Ducks at Flames

Anaheim, Calgary battle for positioning in Pacific Division

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (42-23-13) at FLAMES (44-30-4)

9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, PRIME, NHL.TV

 

Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks are tied for first in the Pacific Division with the Edmonton Oilers at 97 points. Anaheim and Edmonton have each played the same number of games (78), but the Oilers have one more regulation/overtime win after a 3-2 overtime victory against the Ducks on Saturday. Anaheim leads the San Jose Sharks by four points and the Calgary Flames by five. "These teams are teams we're fighting with for the division or spots in the playoffs," captain Ryan Getzlaf said Saturday. "We have to continue pushing forward and getting our points." The Ducks are 7-0-3 in their past 10 games and 9-1-3 in their past 13, and play the Flames in Anaheim on Tuesday. "It's one game at a time and let's worry about what we can control and we can control our situation if we play well," coach Randy Carlyle said Saturday. "We have to play a more consistent brand of hockey for a full 60 minutes [Sunday] night." Goalie Jonathan Bernier could start after John Gibson made 34 saves against Edmonton in his first start since March 10. Bernier is 9-0-2 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in his past 11 starts.

 

Flames team scope

The Flames lead the Nashville Predators by one point for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "It's an important game for us, obviously," forward Johnny Gaudreau said. "You can see how close the standings are. Every game's important. Obviously we're very, very happy we've clinched but I don't think we take our foot off the pedal just yet. We have an important four games here to go and they're big games for us." Calgary, which is 16-4-1 in its past 21 games, clinched a playoff berth with a 5-2 win against the Sharks on Friday. "You focus on who you're playing and in the standings you want to move up but you want to bring your best," forwardKris Versteeg said. "You still want to stay on that roll. You want to stay fresh and have that excitement going into each and every game that you're trying to move up the standings instead of being content that we've just made the playoffs. There's lots of things that go into the next four games no matter who you're playing." Goalie Brian Elliott, who is 15-2-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .934 save percentage in his past 19 games, will start.

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Patrick Eaves

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Corey Perry

Chris Wagner -- Nate Thompson - Jared Boll

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Korbinian Holzer -- Kevin Bieksa

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Jonathan Bernier

John Gibson

Scratched: Logan Shaw

Injured: Simon Despres (head), Clayton Stoner (abdominal surgery), Sami Vatanen (upper body)

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Alex Chiasson

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Matt Bartkowski -- Deryk Engelland

Brian Elliott

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Curtis Lazar, Freddie Hamilton, Dennis Wideman, Rasmus Andersson

Injured: None

 

Status report

The Ducks did not hold a morning skate Sunday. ... Vatanen left the game against the Oilers in the second period after sustaining an upper-body injury and did not return. ... …Elliott will make his fifth consecutive start.

 

Who's hot

Getzlaf has 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in his past 14 games. ... Rakell has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 11 games. … Gaudreau has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in a seven-game point streak and 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in his past 19 games. ... Monahan has eight points (three goals, five points) in a four-game point streak and 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in his past 14 games.

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