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GAME: Calgary Flames (46-24-11) at Anaheim Mighty Ducks (42-27-12).

TIME: Monday, 10:30 p.m. EDT.

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks look to secure the sixth seed in the Western Conference when they host the Calgary Flames in a possible first-round playoff preview.

The Ducks need a victory over the Flames in the teams' final regular-season game to lock up the sixth spot. Anaheim leads Colorado, which plays at Edmonton on Monday night, by one point.

Should the Ducks slip to seventh, they would face Dallas in the first round instead of Calgary, which clinched the third spot by winning the Northwest Division.

Anaheim lost the final three contests of a five-game road trip to miss out on a chance to move into the fifth spot in the West. The Mighty Ducks fell 6-3 to the Sharks on Saturday night, giving that seed to San Jose.

"We need to keep up the attack," Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer said. "If we're spectators for just a few seconds, it makes all the difference."

The losing streak has been in stark contrast to the previous four weeks for the Ducks, who won 14 of 18 to secure their first playoff berth since 2002-03, when they reached the Stanley Cup finals.

"We were standing around a little too much," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said after Saturday's loss. "We got ourselves into some problems. We were standing around watching (Jonathan) Cheechoo and (Joe) Thornton move the puck, and that's a disaster when you do that."

Calgary has won seven of its last 10 to secure its first division title since 1995. The only losses for the Flames during that span have come in overtime or shootouts, including Saturday night, when they lost 2-1 to Los Angeles in a shootout.

Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff has gone 7-0-3 with a 1.27 goals-against average and two shutouts during those 10 games, but his loss to the Kings dropped his shootout record to 1-7 this season.

"It hasn't been the strongest part of my game this year," said Kiprusoff, who has stopped only 11 of 22 shootout chances. "I have to work on them to be better next year."

Calgary - which advanced to the Stanley Cup finals as a No. 6 seed in 2003-04 - is making back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 10 years. The Flames reached the postseason four straight seasons from 1992-96, losing in the first round each time.

Calgary has just one win in its last 12 trips to Anaheim.

STANDINGS: Flames - 103 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Mighty Ducks - 96 points, 3rd place, 15 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 34 goals and 65 points; Daymond Langkow, 34 assists; Darren McCarty, 117 PIM. Mighty Ducks - Teemu Selanne, 39 goals and 89 points; Selanne, Andy McDonald and Niedermayer, 50 assists; Todd Fedoruk, 174 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flames - Power play: 18.3 percent (86 for 470), 11th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (418 for 495), 7th. Mighty Ducks - Power play: 18.0 percent (84 for 467), 17th. Penalty killing: 83.5 percent (419 for 502), 13th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (42-20-11, 10 SO, 2.07 GAA); Brian Boucher (4-7-0, 4.16). Mighty Ducks - Jean-Sebastien Giguere (29-15-11, 2, 2.65); Ilya Bryzgalov (13-12-1, 1, 2.51).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: Tuesday; Flames, 3-0. At Calgary, Alberta, Kiprusoff made 32 saves for his ninth shutout of the season and the Flames reached 100 points for the first time since 1990-91.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 16-17-7 on the road; Mighty Ducks - 25-10-5 at home.

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