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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks 4/2/17 (79/82)

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The Flames welcome the first place Ducks to the Dome for a Sunday night affair.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks, 7:30 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSN, Prime LA
Radio: Sportsnet 960

X. That’s all you need to know. The Flames have that all important letter next to their name, signifying they are among the elite of the NHL and on their way to the playoffs. Calgary punched their ticket with an impressive 5-2 beatdown of the San Jose Sharks Friday night. The win was Calgary’s 3rd win in their last 4 tries and Brian Elliott’s 10th win of the month. After a lackluster effort against LA, the Flames were firing on all cylinders against San Jose and played like a playoff team should as they head to the post season.

Anaheim has hit a minor skid in what has been an impressive month of March. The Ducks have dropped 2 straight, both in OT to the Jets and Oilers. Prior to this little bump in the road Anaheim had won 5 straight, which gave them 10 wins for the month. The Ducks sit in 1st place in the Pacific, 5 points ahead of the Flames, who are in 4th place. Anaheim has already clinched their playoff spot and like the Flames await the end of the season and who their playoff opponent will be.

The Flames and Ducks have played 3 times this season, with the Ducks taking 2 out of those 3 match-ups. Anaheim has won in their building (duh) and took the last contest in Calgary by a score of 3-1. Tonight’s game is the first of a back to back for the Flames and Ducks.

Here’s how the team’s match-up:

Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
44-30-4 Record 42-23-13
92 Points 97
4th Pacific Division 1st Pacific
6th West Conference 4th West
3-2-0 Last 5 3-0-2
213 Goals For 205
208 Goals Against 190
Monahan (27) Goals Rakell (32)
Gaudreau (60) Points Getzlaf (67)
Tkachuk (105) PIM Boll (87)
Elliott (.912) Save % Gibson (.912)
20.1 (11th) PP % 18.6 (17th)
81.5 (11th) PK % 85.0 (5th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Johnson (E) 18-15-1 2.60 .910
Ducks: Bernier (E) 19-7-4 2.47 .918

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 5 San Jose Sharks 2

The Flames hit the ice on Friday night and clinched a playoff birth with a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. Calgary got superb goaltending from Brian Elliott and goals from 5 different players en rout to the win. Here’s our recap, the highlights and Mark Giordano’s post game comments.

Anaheim Ducks 2 Edmonton Oilers 3 (OT)

The Ducks took the ice on Saturday night and fell to the Oilers in OT 3-2. This was Anaheim’s 2nd straight loss. Here’s the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Gaudreau (F). Calgary’s superstar play maker is, well, making plays. Gaudreau has points in 10 of his last 14 games (17 pts), including a 4 and 3 point effort. He has 1 goal and 2 assists against the Ducks this season.

Anaheim Ducks

NHL: Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Getzlaf (C). Getzalf has been providing the points for the Ducks as of late as well. The veteran centre has 8 points in his last five, with 7 of those points being assists. He’s also fared well against the Flames this season, collecting 4 assists in 3 games.