Flames vs Ducks Preview

Jeff Gross

Looking to break out of a slump, the Anaheim Ducks return to the Saddledome with a familiar face.

The Anaheim Ducks, second in the West, roll into the Saddledome tonight hoping to rebound after losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. They've lost three in a row (two in the shootout), and will be playing without Dustin Penner, who was flipped to the Capitals at the deadline for a fourth-rounder.

Calgary and Anaheim have met twice so far this season and Anaheim won both; they'll meet one more time in a couple of weeks.

The Ducks are right in the middle of the pack in FF% at 50.4%, still a significant lead over the Flames' 46.7%. They're notably also first in the league in GF% (goals for)—94 GF vs 58 GA, good for almost 62%. Joni Ortio, starting his fifth consecutive game, is going to get a workout tonight.

This game will also be the return of Tim Jackman to the Saddledome, traded in November for a sixth-rounder; he has 3 points and 53 PIM in 21 games.

The Flames continue to be without Matt Stajan; Kevin Westgarth will return to the lineup tonight after missing a few games with a head injury from the Battle of Alberta on March 1, and Curtis Glencross is also back after missing 29 games with a high ankle sprain.

Lineups

Anaheim

Kyle Palmieri - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey - Nick Bonino - Jakob Silfverberg
Daniel Winnik - Saku Koivu - Andrew Cogliano
Patrick Maroon - Rickard Rakell - Teemu Selanne

Francois Beauchemin - Hampus Lindholm
Ben Lovejoy - Cam Fowler
Bryan Allen - Mark Fistric

Jonas Hiller
Frederik Andersen

Calgary

Lance Bouma - Mikael Backlund - Paul Byron
Mike Cammalleri - Sean Monahan - Joe Colborne
Curtis Glencross - T.J. Galiardi - Brian McGrattan (!?!)
Kevin Westgarth - Corban Knight - Max Reinhart

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Ladislav Smid - Tyler Wotherspoon
Kris Russell - Chris Butler

Joni Ortio
Joey MacDonald

McGrattan has two goals in two games so BUCKLE UP, YOU GUYS

Puck drop

8:00 PM MT on Sportsnet West and radio at Sportsnet 960.

Make sure you check out Anaheim Calling for more on the Ducks before and during the game, and have a look at Hayley's 5 questions with them to get up to speed!

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