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Preview: Flames at Ducks

Calgary aims to end losing streak at Honda Center; Anaheim forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Nick Ritchie each game-time decision

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

FLAMES (5-7-1) at DUCKS (5-5-2)

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


Flames team scope

The Calgary Flames are looking to end a 23-game losing streak (0-18-5) at Honda Center. Their last win in Anaheim was on Jan. 19, 2004. "We're going to have video tomorrow, pick up on a few mistakes, and just put them behind us, and forget about it," forward Michael Frolik said after a 5-0 loss at the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. "I know it's a big one in Anaheim and I know it's been a long time, so I think it's time for us to break the record there and come up for a win." Coach Glen Gulutzan said a poor first period doomed the Flames from the start and that he felt they were intimidated by the Kings. "They had their groove on today, the L.A.-style game," Gulutzan said. "We just couldn't match it and we have to find a way to match it. I thought L.A. came out with a good start and they put us on our heels a little bit." Calgary has had a difficult time establishing consistency on special teams. It has the second-worst penalty-kill percentage in the NHL (74.5 percent) and is 0-for-13 on the power play in its past five games.


Ducks team scope

The Anaheim Ducks hope to get captain Ryan Getzlaf (upper body) and linemate Nick Ritchie (upper body) back for the finale of a three-game homestand. Each practiced Saturday and is a game-time decision. "We'll do an assessment," coach Randy Carlyle said after practice. "It'll be contingent on them telling us they're ready to play. As with any injured player, we do what we feel is necessary to get them to a point. The last 10 percent is based on how they feel." Ritchie followed concussion protocol following a hit by Kings defenseman Tom Gilbert in a 4-0 win on Tuesday. Getzlaf said his injury, also sustained against Los Angeles, was somewhat minor, but he does not want to further aggravate it by returning too soon. "We have to be smart about things and not push things over the limit," he said. "Anytime you have injuries, when you push them a little bit, you want to see how it reacts."


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sam Bennett -- Troy Brouwer

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Micheal Ferland -- Sean Monahan -- Alex Chiasson  

Hunter Shinkaruk -- Matt Stajan -- Freddie Hamilton  

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie  

Brett Kulak -- Deryk Engelland  

Nicklas Grossmann -- Dougie Hamilton

Chad Johnson

Brian Elliott  

Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka, Dennis Wideman

Injured: Kris Versteeg (groin), Ladislav Smid (neck), Lance Bouma (upper body)

Ducks projected lineup

Michael Sgarbossa -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Joseph Cramarossa -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Ryan Garbutt -- Chris Wagner -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner -- Sami Vatanen

Korbinian Holzer -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: None

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (upper body), Nick Ritchie (upper body), Nate Thompson (Achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)


Status report 

Shinkaruk, recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League to replace Versteeg on Saturday, will play for Bouma. … Johnson will start for the Flames. … The Ducks held an optional morning skate Sunday. Getzlaf skated with Perry and Gibson was the only goalie in attendance. 


Who's hot

Frolik has five points in five games. … Tkachuk has five points in six games. … Backlund has three points in five games. … Getzlaf has 48 points in 43 games against the Flames. … Kesler has four points in three games. … Vermette has two goals and two assists in his past three games.

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