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Preview: Flames at Ducks

Anaheim seeks to increase lead in Pacific; Calgary looks to gain in division

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

FLAMES (44-31-4) at DUCKS (43-23-13)

10 p.m. ET; SN1, PRIME, NHL.TV


Flames team scope

The Calgary Flames enter Tuesday holding the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, three points behind the third-place San Jose Sharks and five behind the second-place Edmonton Oilers. Calgary is one point ahead of the Nashville Predators for the second wild card. The Flames have lost 24 straight regular-season games (0-19-5) at Honda Center. Their last win there was Jan. 19, 2004. The Flames also have been eliminated twice by the Ducks in the playoffs, most recently in the second round in 2015. "We wanted to get in playoffs this year, but we want to make some noise too when we're in there," captain Mark Giordano. Calgary played Anaheim on Sunday, losing 4-3 on a late goal in the third period. Forward Kris Versteeg has two goals and two assists in his past three games against the Ducks, with three points coming on the power play. Goalie Chad Johnson will start for the third time in the past 18 games.


Ducks team scope

The Ducks hold a two-point lead over the Oilers for first place in the division and are four points in front of the Sharks with three games remaining. "There's still work to do for us, but we're going to focus on what we can control," coach Randy Carlyle said. "If we look after our business, we think that we'll put ourselves in a great position." Anaheim's 24-game home winning streak against Calgary is the longest against one team in NHL history. The Ducks have played well against playoff-caliber teams in the past seven weeks, going 11-1-1 since Feb. 14 against teams that entered Tuesday in a playoff position. Center Ryan Kesler has nine points against the Flames this season (four goals, five assists), the most by any player against Calgary this season.


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Michael Frolik

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Micheal Ferland

Kris Versteeg -- Sam Bennett -- Alex Chiasson

Lance Bouma -- Matt Stajan -- Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano -- Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Matt Bartkowski -- Deryk Engelland

Chad Johnson            

Brian Elliott

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

Injured: None


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 -- Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Shea Theodore -- Josh Manson

Korbinian Holzer -- Kevin Bieksa

Jonathan Bernier

John Gibson

Scratched: Jared Boll, Clayton Stoner

Injured: Hampus Lindholm (upper body), Sami Vatanen (upper body)


Status report

Lindholm and Vatanen each missed the game on Sunday with an upper-body injury and Carlyle did not have an update following an optional skate Tuesday morning. ... Theodore was a late call-up from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Sunday and was plus-1 in 17:58 against the Flames. Holzer started in place of Vatanen and scored his second goal of the season.


Who's hot

Gaudreau has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) during an eight-game point streak. ... Monahan has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. ... Versteeg has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games. ... Elliott is 14-3-0 with 37 goals allowed and two shutouts in his past 17 starts. ... Getzlaf has 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) in his past 15 games. ... Eaves has seven goals in his past eight games. ... Bernier is 10-0-2 with 23 goals allowed and one shutout in his past 12 starts.

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