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Calgary can move into third place in Pacific; Anaheim trying to extend point streak to six

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (29-23-6) at DUCKS (23-26-7)

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


The Game

The Calgary Flames will try to move into third place in the Pacific Division when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Thursday.

The Flames are 2-1-0 during the first three games of a four-game road trip but lost 5-3 at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Calgary, which has the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, has 64 points, the same as the Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes. Vegas is third in the division.

The Ducks are 3-0-2 in their past five games and will try to extend their season-best point streak to six. It's their first game since their game against the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center on Tuesday was postponed after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had a cardiac episode with 7:50 remaining in the first period.


Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm scored two goals against the Kings on Wednesday and has nine points (four goals, five assists) during an eight-game point streak.

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in his past 20 games against the Flames.


They said it

"A great opportunity heading into Anaheim to get three wins on this road trip. We put ourselves in position by winning the first two games to make it a really good road trip, and that's what our whole focus has to be moving forward." -- Flames forward Milan Lucic

"We've been able to keep the puck out of our net in a number of different of ways, but the reality is we have to play an excellent game to win, and that's OK because I think that's what every team in the league is aspiring to do." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mikael Backlund -- Matthew Tkachuk

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Zac Rinaldo -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Oliver Kylington -- Brandon Davidson

Cam Talbot

David Rittich

Scratched: Sam Bennett, Buddy Robinson, Alexander Yelesin

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


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Devin Shore

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Michael Del Zotto

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Brendan Guhle

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


Status report

Talbot will start after Rittich made 28 saves against the Kings. Talbot made 29 saves in a 2-1 win against the Ducks on Oct. 20.


Stat pack

Backlund has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak. Tkachuk has four points (two goals, two assists) during a four-game point streak. … The Ducks are second in the NHL with 10 shorthanded goals, which is tied for the most in a season by Anaheim.

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