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Anaheim is 4-1-2 in past seven; Calgary looks for first home win in six games

by Aaron Vickers / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (24-27-7) at FLAMES (30-24-6)



The Game

The Calgary Flames will look for their first home win in six games when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

Calgary is 0-4-1 in its past five games at home and is coming off an 8-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. The Flames are tied with the Arizona Coyotes for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for third place in the Pacific Division.

Anaheim, which is playing the second of a back-to-back following a 5-1 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, is 4-1-2 in its past seven games.

This will be the second game in five days between the teams after the Flames defeated the Ducks 6-0 on Feb. 13.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Adam Henrique has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past four games.

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in a 10-game point streak. 


They said it

"Well, we hope so, and I'm glad it's the team that just kicked the crap out of us too, because that should be enough to at least rev up our minds. We'll see where our legs are. These guys suffered through a painful practice just a couple of days ago, but they responded very very well (Sunday) and we'll see how we go (Monday)." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins 

"We're not happy, we're not content with where we are, but we are in a playoff spot right now. We've just got to take care of our own business. We know that we're not going to want to depend too much on other teams to give us help, but we've just got to go out and win the games that we're supposed to, and Monday is a game that we need to win." -- Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk 


Ducks projected lineup

Max Jones -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Rickard Rakell

Devin Shore -- Sam Steel -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Brendan Guhle

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

Ryan Miller

John Gibson

Scratched: Michael Del Zotto

Injured: Ondrej Kase (illness), Erik Gudbranson (upper body)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mikael Backlund -- Matthew Tkachuk

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Oliver Kylington -- Brandon Davidson

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Buddy Robinson, Alexander Yelesin

Injured: Mark Giordano (hamstring), Travis Hamonic (upper body)


Status report

Miller could start after Gibson made 37 saves against Vancouver. … Calgary could be without Ryan and Backlund because of illness. … Talbot could start after Rittich was pulled in the loss to Chicago.


Stat pack

Miller needs one win to pass Mike Vernon (385) for 15th in NHL history. … Tkachuk has six points (two goals, four assists) in a six-game point streak. … Backlund has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games. 

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