Two huge points up for grabs for Flames, Ducks
Saturday, 03.19.2011 / 10:35 PM
NHL.comFLAMES (37-27-9) at DUCKS (39-27-5)
: SNET-W, Fox Sports-Prime Ticket.
: Calgary 6-4-0; Anaheim 7-2-1.
: This is the third of four meetings between the teams. Anaheim is seeking its third straight win against the Flames after a shootout victory on Dec. 10 and a 5-4 overtime win on Feb. 11.
: The Western Conference just seem to be getting tighter and tighter.
With Anaheim earning a hard-fought victory at Los Angeles on Saturday night, a grand total of six points separate fourth place from 10th place. Of those seven teams, only Calgary hasn't earned points in at least eight of its last 10 games.
: Calgary put an end to a three-game skid on Thursday night with a 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome. Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals for the Flames, who were coming off a pair of one-goal losses against Vancouver and Phoenix, respectively.
"I thought right from the start we had our tempo up and we were able to draw the penalties," Iginla said.
: Anaheim inched closer to a playoff spot Saturday night when Corey Perry
beat Jonathan Quick at 1:32 of overtime in a 2-1 win at Los Angeles. The victory allowed the Ducks -- who have now won seven of nine -- to pull even with Calgary at 83 points apiece, just one behind Chicago and Nashville in the Western Conference.
"It's tough to give up a point (to the Kings), but we found a way to come back and get the two points," Perry said after scoring his 37th goal of the season. "That's all we're looking for."
: Iginla has a three-game point streak for the Flames. He has 2 goals and 2 assists during that span. … Perry has 6 goals in his last 5 games.
: For the Flames, forward David Moss (ankle) and defenseman Adam Pardy (shoulder) are out indefinitely. Fredrik Modin is day-to-day with a back injury, while Brendan Morrison (knee) and Raitis Ivanans (head) are also out. … Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller
is out due to dizziness.
: Calgary hasn't won at Anaheim in the regular season since Jan. 19, 2004. The Flames are 0-9-3 since. … Saturday's meeting was the 100th all-time between the Ducks and Kings.
: "To be honest, I didn't know that. My second year I went through some tough scoring times and I wondered if maybe I wasn't going to be a scorer in the NHL. I've definitely been extremely blessed. Back then I never would have thought that. I hope to score a lot more, but that's pretty neat and I'm definitely thankful." -- Flames captain Jarome Iginla on tying Alexander Mogilny and Denis Savard with 473 career goals