Anaheim at Calgary
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Rickard Rakell and the Anaheim Ducks are in the midst of a strong 10-game stretch, with the former recording 14 points (nine goals, five assists) to help the latter notch a second three-game winning streak of the month. Rakell looks to keep the Ducks ascending in the standings as they open a four-game Canadian trek with a tilt versus the Calgary Flames.
"As long as I am creating scoring chances for myself and my linemates, I think we can always get better. I'd rather have the title of being a good hockey player and a smart hockey player than just being a goal scorer," Rakell told the Orange County Register. The 24-year-old Swede scored and set up a goal in Sunday's 4-2 victory versus New Jersey to help Anaheim maintain its hold on the second wild card in the Western Conference. Rakell doused the Flames with a power-play tally in a 2-1 win on Dec. 29 to help even the season series at one victory apiece before Micheal Ferland scored and set up a goal in Calgary's 3-2 win over Anaheim at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 6. Ferland has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past six games overall for the Flames, who lost their third straight with a 5-2 setback to Arizona on Monday to reside six points outside of the playoff picture with eight games remaining.TV:
9:30 p.m. ET, FS West (Anaheim), Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet West (Calgary)ABOUT THE DUCKS (37-24-12):
While Rakell has 19 multi-point performances this season, captain Ryan Getzlaf notched his 16th by scoring and setting up a goal versus the Devils to raise his point total to 19 (four goals, 15 assists) in his last 12 games. Brandon Montour has three goals in his past three contests while his five game-winning tallies have him tied with Oleg Tverdovsky (1999-2000) and Niclas Havelid (2002-03) for most in a single season by a defenseman in franchise history. Speaking of blue-liners, Anaheim recalled Andy Welinski from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Tuesday with fellow defenseman Josh Manson nursing an upper-body injury.ABOUT THE FLAMES (35-29-10):
Mike Smith was pierced for three goals against his former team and has yielded 13 tallies in his last three contests to see Calgary's slim postseason hopes begin to fade away. "On paper, you look at our team and we should be a lot further ahead than we are," the 35-year-old said. "I think that's the frustrating part about this season and how it's gone is that we've underachieved by a lot." Smith has been in net for all three meetings with Anaheim this season, highlighted by his 43-save performance in the Flames' 2-0 win in Anaheim on Oct. 9.OVERTIME
1. Anaheim RW Jakob Silfverberg has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past eight games.
2. Calgary C Sean Monahan (team-leading 31 goals) has two goals and four assists in his past seven contests.
3. Ducks G John Gibson owns a 9-2-0 mark in his last 11 starts.PREDICTION:
Flames 4, Ducks 2
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