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DUCKS (43-15-7) at FLAMES (25-33-7)
TV: FS-W, SNET-W
Last 10: Anaheim 4-4-2; Calgary 4-6-0
Season series: Anaheim and Calgary continue a four-game season series Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Ducks are 2-0-0 vs. the Flames this season, including a 3-2 win on Oct. 16 and 5-2 victory on Nov. 29 at Honda Center. Anaheim is 18-6-1 against its new Pacific Division rival dating to Nov. 29, 2007. The Ducks own an all-time record of 43-33-8 against the Flames, including a 14-25-2 mark in Calgary. Following Wednesday's game, the season series will return to the Saddledome for the finale on Mar. 26.
Big story: The Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks (43-15-7, 93 points) open a three-game road trip against Calgary Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome (7 p.m. PDT, FS West/AM 830). The game also marks the first time the Ducks have played a divisional opponent since their Jan. 25 Stadium Series game vs. Los Angeles, a stretch of 11 games and 45 days between contests. By contrast, 11 of Anaheim's final 16 games will be played within the Pacific Division. With points in five of the last six games (3-1-2, 8 pts.), Anaheim is riding its best start to a season through 65 games, improving upon its previous mark of 37-17-11 for 85 points in 2006-07. Anaheim also has the best home (24-6-4) and road (19-9-3) records, scored the most goals (206) and allowed the fewest (151, tied with 2007-08) at this stage of the season in club history.
Following Wednesday's game, the Ducks will travel to Colorado for a Friday night contest vs. the Avalanche. The road trip concludes Saturday in Los Angeles.
Ducks: For much of this season it appeared Anaheim would control its own fate in the hunt for the franchise's first-ever Presidents' Trophy. A slump that began in early February has turned the tables, however. The Ducks have won just three of their past nine games, dropping them behind St. Louis for the NHL's overall points lead.
Perhaps even more worrisome for Anaheim, all but one of those nine games was at home, where the Ducks have gone 24-6-4 this season, one of the best marks in the league.
Anaheim finished a five-game homestand with just two wins after losing 3-1 on Monday to the Toronto Maple Leafs and former Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, who was making his first return visit since being fired by the team in late 2011. The defeat came on the heels of consecutive shootout losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins.
"The last three games I thought we've done a great job. We've worked hard, gotten pucks back after shots, we've shot pucks," Getzlaf said. "They're just not going in. I'm not accepting that. Those are the things we have to focus on as a group. When the power play works, it's because everybody is working and everybody is shooting. I thought our guys have done that the last three games. We need to support each other through those things."
Flames: Much like March itself, Calgary came into the month like a lion, winning three of its first four games. Since then however, the Flames seem to be reverting to more lamb-like tendencies. Calgary has lost its past two games, including a 2-1 loss Saturday to the reeling Vancouver Canucks.
The rebuilding Flames are now in sixth place in the Pacific Division and 13th overall in the Western Conference.
Calgary's game against Anaheim will close a brief two-game homestand in which the Flames hosted both of the NHL's southern California teams. On Monday, Calgary became the latest victim of the Kings in a 3-2 loss.
"That's a team that's not going to make it easy on you, but I think if you asked them, they probably didn't play their best game either," forward Mike Cammalleri said. "No excuse, but we were maybe flatter than we'd like to be, and we needed to find some more energy and more bite to our game earlier than we did."
Forward Matt Stajan is on a leave of absence following the death of his newborn son and expected to miss the game.
Who's hot: Ducks forward Corey Perry has five goals in the past four games. … Flames forward Brian McGrattan has scored in two straight games.
Injury report: Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower body) is questionable, while forward Mathieu Perrault (upper body) and defenseman Stephane Robidas (broken leg) are on injured reserve. … Flames forward Markus Granlund (upper body) is questionable, while forwards Jiri Hudler (upper body), David Jones (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (head) and Curtis Glencross (lower body), as well as defenseman Dennis Wideman (upper body) and goalie Karri Ramo (MCL) are all out.
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