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Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks [Game 80]

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A potential playoff preview

It's the Ducks so he was probably slashed here
It's the Ducks so he was probably slashed here
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks take to the ice having cemented their spot in the playoffs in a game which could be a playoff preview. If both teams stay in the spots that they're at, they would play each other with the Ducks being the Pacific champions and the Flames taking the first wild card spot. This is hardly a certainty however - the Flames could still finish anywhere from the second wild card spot to second in the Pacific while the Ducks have cemented a non-wild card spot, but could finish anywhere from first to third.

The Flames effort last game was hardly anything stellar and tonight they travel to a building where they've won just twice in 18 years. Hopefully tonight they come out a little bit stronger. They'll roll with routinely active players while Freddie Hamilton, Curtis Lazar, and Dennis Wideman get the healthy scratches.

Chad Johnson gets the start tonight over Brian Elliott who has been a workhorse for the Flames lately. Johnson has drew a bit of ire from the fans as of late, but surprisingly has a better adjusted Fenwick save percentage in five-on-five situations than Elliott has. Johnson will square off against one of the Johns - neither Jonathan Bernier nor John Gibson was announced as the starter before the game. Bernier has been the routine starter, so expect him in net.

Calgary Flames Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Kris Versteeg Sam Bennett Alex Chiasson
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Troy Brouwer
Left Defence Right Defense
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie Michael Stone
Matt Bartkowski Deryk Engelland
Goalies
Chad Johnson
Brian Elliott

Anaheim Ducks Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Nick Ritchie Ryan Getzlaf Patrick Eaves
Andrew Cogliano Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Rickard Rakell Antoine Vermette Corey Perry
Chris Wagner Nate Thompson Logan Shaw
Left Defence Right Defense
Cam Fowler Brandon Montour
Shea Theodore Josh Manson
Korbinian Holzer Kevin Bieksa
Goalies
Jonathan Bernier
John Gibson