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Saturday, February 7th (All times eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (26-24-5) at Calgary Flames (30-17-4), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The first-place Calgary Flames will try to avoid their longest losing streak of the season when they welcome the Anaheim Ducks for today's showdown at the Saddledome.

The Flames, who own a nine-point lead over Minnesota and Edmonton for the top spot in the Northwest Division, have dropped three straight games to match a season-high losing streak set from December 9-12.

Calgary hasn't lost four straight since January 8-15 of last season.

The Flames, who are averaging 3.12 goals per game, have managed just six tallies during their losing streak and were handed a 5-2 setback by visiting Chicago on Thursday night. Andrew Ladd registered a goal and two assists to lead the Blackhawks to victory.

Dion Phaneuf and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Flames, who had won three in a row prior to the current skid. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 32 shots in the loss.

The Flames are playing the middle portion of a three-game homestand tonight and will wrap the residency Monday against Montreal. Calgary is 19-6-3 as the host this year and had won three straight at the Saddledome before the recent loss against the Blackhawks.

The Ducks, meanwhile, are kicking off a home-and-home today, as their next game will come Wednesday against the visiting Flames. That contest will begin a three-game homestand for Anaheim.

Anaheim has dropped both tests so far on a three-game road trip that ends this afternoon. The Ducks are just 12-13-2 as the visiting club this year and have lost two straight and six of their last nine road games.

The Ducks dropped a 4-2 decision in Nashville on Thursday with Jason Arnott leading the way for the Predators with a goal and an assist.

Corey Perry provided all the offense for Anaheim with two goals. Jean- Sebastien Giguere allowed three goals on 34 shots and was dealt his third straight loss.

These two clubs have split a pair of meetings so far this year, with each team winning on home ice. The Ducks have won four of the last six matchups in the series, but have dropped two straight and eight of their nine trips to Calgary.

02/07 10:42:52 ET

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