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Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks Preview 2/15/2016 (53/82)

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The Flames welcome the Ducks to the Saddledome as they try to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks @ Calgary Flames, 4 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW PT25, FSSD, SN West
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames playoff lives have a pulse, a weak one, but a pulse nonetheless and a win against the visiting Ducks would do wonders to help raise that pulse. Calgary is coming in to this game on the heels of a lifeless performance against the Coyotes Saturday night in which they lost 4-1. If the Flames have any hope of making the playoffs they need a win Monday afternoon against the Ducks. The Flames are 0-2 so far this season against Anaheim and they are "lucky" enough to face them 2 times in the next  6 days. That's some ground they can make up in the West by winning, but things could go horribly array if it goes the other way. Both teams are 4-2 so far this month, but the Ducks have struggled at the Saddledome over the years. The Flames hold a 32-20-1 record over the Ducks when they make the trip to Alberta. The Flames would love for that trend to continue come Monday afternoon. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
25-26-3 Record 27-19-8
53 Points 62
6th Pacific Division 3rd Pacific
8th West (tie) Conference 5th West
5-5 Last 10 Games 8-2
144 Goals For 123
160 Goals Against 127
Gaudreau (21) Goals Perry (21)
Gaudreau (51) Points Getzlaf (42)
Ramo (.909) SV % Andersen (.919)
29th (14.8%) PP 19th  (18.2%)
29th (75.0%) PK 1st (88.3%)

The Flames last played on Friday night and lost to Arizona 4-1. Calgary came in and played lifeless in the second night of a back to back. Jonas Hiller gave up 2 early, soft goals and the Coyotes never looked back. Joe Colborne scored halfway through the 3rd, but it didn't do much besides put them on the score sheet. Here's the highlights:

The Ducks took to the ice on Saturday night to battle the Blackhawks and beat them 3-2 in OT. Ryan Getzlaf added to his team lead in points by scoring a goal and getting an assist. Frederik Andersen came in to relieve John Gibson after he left the game with an upper body injury and stopped 5 of the 6 shots he faced. Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Joe Colborne David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Lance Bouma
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Ladislav Smid
Goalies
Joni Ortio Jonas Hiller (s) 

Scratches: Markus Granlund, Josh Jooris, Dennis Wideman (susp)

Injuries:  Karri Ramo

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
David Perron Ryan Getzlaf Mike Santorelli
Patrick Maroon Rickard Rakell Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Ryan Garbutt Nate Thompson Harry Zolnierczyk
Left Defense Right Defense
Cam Fowler Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm Josh Manson
Simon Despres Sami Vatanen
Goalies
Frederik Andersen (s) John Gibson

Scratches: None

Injuries: Chris Stewart