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FLAMES (8-12-4) at DUCKS (17-7-3)
TV: SNET-W, PRIME
Last 10: Calgary 2-6-2; Anaheim 4-4-2
Season series: Anaheim and Calgary continue a four-game season series this afternoon at Honda Center. The Ducks won the first contest of the series on Oct. 16 at Honda Center, a 3-2 win powered by Teemu Selanne’s 108th career GWG. The Ducks have won 17 consecutive home games over the Flames, the longest home win streak vs. one opponent in franchise history. Anaheim, which has not lost at home to Calgary since Jan. 19, 2004, is also 17-6-1 against its new Pacific Division rival dating to Nov. 29, 2007. The Ducks own an all-time record of 42-33-8 against the Flames, including a 28-8-6 mark at Honda Center. Selanne leads Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. Calgary, earning 39-43=82 points in 74 games. The final two meetings of the season take place at Calgary on Mar. 12 and Mar. 26.
Big story: The Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks (17-7-3, 37 points) face the Calgary Flames this afternoon at Honda Center for their annual day-after-Thanksgiving game (1 p.m. PST, PRIME TICKET/AM 830). This afternoon marks Anaheim's only matinee contest of the season. At 37 points, Anaheim is tied with San Jose for third in the overall NHL standings, trailing only Chicago (40) and St. Louis (39). The Ducks have gone 10-4-3 in their last 17 games, which includes an NHL season-best (w/SJ) nine-game standings point streak from Oct. 25-Nov. 10. Anaheim ranks third among NHL teams with 82 goals this season (shootout goals excluded), behind only Chicago (92) and St. Louis (83)...in addition, the club ranks second in the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring with 61 goals in even-strength situations (Chicago, 67).
All-time, the Ducks have hosted 12 games the day after Thanksgiving (all day games), going 6-3-3. Overall, Anaheim owns an 8-4-4 record in day-after-Thanksgiving games, outscoring the opposition 45-39. This afternoon marks the second time the Ducks have hosted the Flames on the day after Thanksgiving at Honda Center (also Nov. 26, 2006, a 5-3 Ducks win).
Ducks: Anaheim has wobbled a bit since reaching the top of the NHL standings earlier this month. The Ducks have lost four of six games and needed some late overtime heroics from captain Ryan Getzlaf to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0. The most recent setback was a 6-3 defeat against the Dallas Stars. Dallas scored three times in 53 seconds and five times in the third period to claim the victory.
Anaheim announced a three-year contract extension Thursday for center Nick Bonino. He has a career-high seven goals and is two shy of his career-best point total (18) already this season.
"This year is a big year for me. And so far, I've felt good," Bonino said. "I'm doing what I can in the [defensive] zone, the [offensive] zone, special teams and in faceoffs. It's stuff like that you know you want to be on and contributing everywhere. That's been a good start."
Flames: Calgary lost two more key players to injury after a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Defenseman Dennis Wideman is out 6-to-8 weeks with a broken hand after blocking a shot against Chicago, and rookie forward Sean Monahan is week-to-week after a hairline fracture was discovered in his foot.
Paul Byron and Max Rinehart have been recalled on consecutive days from the American Hockey League and could be in the mix at forward.
"It is certainly not good news when these things happen," general manager Jay Feaster told reporters. "To lose a guy like Dennis Wideman, that's a tough blow for the team. Obviously with the way [Monahan] was playing, he's a tough guy to take out of your lineup. But it creates opportunities for other guys. … We can't worry about the guys who aren't in the lineup. We have to win some games with the guys who are."
Who's hot: Getzlaf has a point in eight straight games and 15 in 10 November contests. ... Joe Colborne has three points in his past three games for the Flames. Monahan had two goals and two shootout-winning tallies in the past five games.
Injury report: The Ducks will not be feeling sorry for the Flames on Friday. Anaheim is likely to be without five regulars and half of the team's goaltending duo against Calgary. Defensemen Sheldon Souray (wrist) and Luca Sbisa (wrist), forwards Jakob Silfverberg (hand) and Saku Koivu (concussion), and goaltender Viktor Fasth (lower body) are all on injured reserve, though Koivu could play for the first time in a month today. Bryan Allen (lower body) and Francois Beauchemin (upper body) are both likely to be out as well, leaving the Ducks short four top-six defensemen.
The Flames were already dealing with a couple of key injuries before Wideman and Monahan. Captain Mark Giordano (ankle), forward Curtis Glencross (knee) and forward TJ Galiardi are already on injured reserve
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