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Ducks aim to continue home mastery vs. Flames

Streak against Calgary dates back to 2004; Anaheim can move into first place in Pacific Division

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

FLAMES (32-38-6) at DUCKS (42-23-10)

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

ANAHEIM -- It has been more than 12 years since the Calgary Flames have won a game at Honda Center, and the Anaheim Ducks aren't ready to see that streak end. The Ducks locked up a Stanley Cup Playoff berth last week, but are looking to build momentum going into the postseason. 

"You want to be able to be playing your best when you go into the playoffs," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And that's our focus. We've had a couple games recently where we've won but haven't played our best, so hopefully in the next seven games we can get better every night."

The Ducks have won 22 straight games at home against the Flames, with Calgary's last win in Anaheim on Jan. 19, 2004. It's the longest home win streak against any opponent in team history, but it's not something the Ducks are discussing as they try and gain ground in the Pacific Division standings. 

With 94 points, Anaheim is one point behind the division-leading Los Angeles Kings and two ahead of the San Jose Sharks with a game in hand. 

"We don't talk about it," Boudreau said. "We just go out there and take every game as a different entity. Hopefully we'll be successful tonight and wake up every morning and go, 'Oh yeah, it's another win. That's good.'"

The Flames, 0-4-0 against Anaheim this season, don't talk about the streak, either, but they are aware of it. 

"We hear about it every time we come here," Calgary forward Brandon Bollig said. "We aren't focusing on it too much, but that's definitely a streak that we no longer want to be a topic of conversation. Hopefully we'll end that tonight."

Calgary is coming off of what the team described as an 'emotional win' at the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. Despite injuries to several key players, coach Bob Hartley sees games like the one against the Ducks and the game on Thursday against the Kings as an opportunity for their young replacements to grow.

"You're talking maybe two teams that may possibly end up in a Stanley Cup Final, so it's great gauges for us and we have to take advantage of that," Hartley said. "We know the challenges that the Ducks represent for us, and we like them. We want to measure ourselves to teams that are challenging for a Stanley Cup, and I think we have a lot to learn." 

Jonas Hiller was the first goalie off the ice for Calgary. John Gibson will start for Anaheim.

Here are the projected lineups:


Hunter Shinkaruk - Sean Monahan - Derek Grant

Michael Ferland - Sam Bennett - Joe Colborne

Lance Bouma - Mikael Backlund - Emile Poirier

Brandon Bollig - Matt Stajan - Josh Jooris

TJ Brodie - Dougie Hamilton

Mark Giordano - Deryk Engelland  

Brett Kulak - Jakub Nakladal

Jonas Hiller

Joni Ortio

Injured: Karri Ramo (ACL), Ladislav Smid (upper body), Jyrki Jokipakka (undisclosed), Johnny Gaudreau (upper body), Michael Frolik (lower body), Dennis Wideman (triceps)

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom


Brandon Pirri - Ryan Getzlaf - Chris Stewart

Jamie McGinn - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Ryan Garbutt - Nate Thompson - Shawn Horcoff

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Cam Fowler - Shea Theodore  

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson

Frederik Andersen

Injured: David Perron (shoulder), Simon Despres (undisclosed), Kevin Bieksa (upper body), Korbinian Holzer (illness)

Scratched: Mike Santorelli

Status Report: Anaheim reassigned left wing Nick Ritchie to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. … Bieksa stayed out on the ice late Wednesday morning and worked on his own. He is not expected to play. … Hartley said Frolik's lower-body issue, which he sustained during the morning skate in Arizona, will keep him out of the lineup throughout the rest of the trip. … Gaudreau will not play at Anaheim or at the Los Angeles Kings.

Who's Hot: McGinn has five goals and two assists in his past seven games. Lindholm has two goals and three assists in his past six games. Silfverberg has seven goals and two assists in his past eight games. Getzlaf has one goal and five assists in his past six games and 46 points in 42 career games against Calgary. … Monahan has six goals and seven assists in his past 10 games. Hamilton has one goal and five assists in his past five games. 

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