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Ducks seek revenge against improved Flames

by Jon Lane /

DUCKS (46-18-7) at FLAMES (30-35-7)


Last 10: Anaheim 4-4-2; Calgary 6-4-0

Season series: This is the final game between the Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames. Anaheim took the first two at home but will be seeking revenge for a 7-2 loss on March 12 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Big story: The Ducks have an opportunity to win the Pacific Division and perhaps the Presidents' Trophy, with their next eight games against opponents out of Stanley Cup Playoff position beginning Wednesday against the Flames.

Calgary has proven to be anything but a pushover. The Flames have won five of their past seven games, including 8-1 against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday and 2-1 in a shootout against the San Jose Sharks on Monday.


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"We're just trying to win some hockey games," Flames coach Bob Hartley said following an optional practice Tuesday. "More importantly, obviously, we want to win for us, want to win for our fans, but we want to improve. We do tons of video in the morning, we show clips from games, good clips, clips that we can learn, and it's all about making our guys better. We look at the way our veterans, our young players have improved and have progressed. For us as a coaching staff, it's lots of fun."

Team Scope:

Ducks: After dropping two straight and six of eight to lose their grip on first place in the NHL standings, Anaheim regrouped for a 6-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Sunday. If the Ducks are able to win the Pacific, they will avoid a probable first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings.

"If we keep playing, it's not going to be over until Game 82," forward Corey Perry said. "We know as a group how good we can be. If we play the style we have to play to be successful, we're going to be all right. We just need to keep pushing forward."

The Ducks haven't forgotten their rout at the hands of the Flames two weeks earlier.

"It's still fresh," defenseman Ben Lovejoy told the Orange County Register on Tuesday. "We were embarrassed by this team very recently and we need a response game tomorrow."

Flames: A big part of Calgary's resurgence has been its performance on home ice, where it's won 10 of its past 13 games. The Flames may be on the outside of the postseason picture, but they're expecting this game to be one filled with playofflike intensity.

"It's a learning experience when you're playing teams that are fighting for playoff spots or fighting for their playoff lives," center Joe Colborne said. "It's a much more intense game than even at the start of the year. That's the closest we're going to get to playoff hockey this year but it's going to be a good learning experience."

Who's hot: Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has two goals and four points in his past four games. Center Ryan Getzlaf has six points in his past three games and eight in his past five, and linemate Perry has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five … Flames forward Mike Cammalleri had a three-goal and seven-game point-scoring streak snapped Monday. Goalie Karri Ramo made 33 saves Monday and has allowed three goals in his past three starts. Forward Mikael Backlund's four-game point streak ended Monday.

Injury report: Ducks forward Patrick Maroon (lower body) is questionable. Defenseman Cam Fowler (sprained MCL) is out. … Flames forwards Markus Granlund (upper body) and David Jones (shoulder), and defenseman Dennis Wideman (upper body) are out indefinitely.


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