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Gaudreau three points from 100 for Calgary; Silfverberg looks to stay hot for Anaheim

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

FLAMES (50-23-7) at DUCKS (33-37-10)

10:30 p.m. ET, FS-W, SNW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Calgary Flames will try for four straight wins when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday.

The Flames, who have clinched the best record in the Western Conference and will have home-ice advantage for as long as they remain in the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will rest some top players against the Ducks. Calgary is coming off a 7-2 win at the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, which gave them 50 wins for the second time in its history.

The Ducks went 9-6-1 during March without losing two in a row.


Players to watch

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has five points (one goal, four assists) in a four-game point streak. He needs three points for his first 100-point NHL season. 

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in the past 15 games. He needs one goal to set an NHL career-high of 24.


They said it

"You don't just turn it up at playoff time. This is the time of the year where you really ramp it up … For us, we want to be playing our best hockey." -- Calgary forward Mark Jankowski

"We have a number of issues here with things happening that shouldn't happen and (Terry's injury) is just another one to add to the list." -- Ducks coach/general manager Bob Murray


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Derek Ryan -- Austin Czarnik

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Dillon Dube -- Mark Jankowski -- James Neal

Andrew Mangiapane -- Alan Quine -- Garnet Hathaway

Oscar Fantenberg -- Rasmus Andersson

Juuso Valimaki -- Michael Stone

Oliver Kylington -- Dalton Prout

David Rittich

Mike Smith

Scratched: Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Sam Bennett, Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie, Noah Hanifin, Travis Hamonic

Injured: None


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Sam Steel -- Jakob Silfverberg

Daniel Sprong -- Adam Henrique -- Corey Perry

Nick Ritchie -- Devin Shore -- Sam Carrick

Max Jones -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Cam Fowler -- Andy Welinski

Hampus Lindholm -- Jacob Larsson

Jaycob Megna -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: None

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (upper body), Troy Terry (leg), Josh Manson (upper body), Chad Johnson (upper body), Brendan Guhle (oblique)


Status report

Bennett left late in the second period against the Kings after taking a hit and won't play, but he could return for the regular-season finale against the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. ... The Flames recalled Dube from Stockton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. ... Guhle has missed the past 13 games, but Murray said there's a good chance he returns for the season finale against the Kings on Friday.


Stat pack

Rakell has eight points (seven goals, one assist) in the past five games. … Steel has six points (three goals, three assists) in the past five games. … The Ducks are 38-9-6 against the Flames in Anaheim.

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