NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
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