CALGARY, AB -- With a Pacific Division title all but wrapped up, the Anaheim Ducks are in the preparation stages for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
With a 27-10-6 record that's earned them 60 points -- third in the National Hockey League -- the Ducks are waiting for the bottom of the Western Conference to shake out to determine their opponent in the first round.
That doesn't mean Anaheim will be coasting through the remainder of their schedule. A 5-3-2 record over their past 10 games is more than enough to motivate the Ducks to head into the playoffs on a winning streak.
Flames Season Series Record: 0-2-0
Powered by a pair of goals from Daniel Winnik former Calgary Hitmen captain Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks took the opening game of the series 5-4 on January 21st, just Calgary's second game of the season. Anaheim got the best of Calgary again in a 4-0 victory in California on March 8th, with Viktor Fasth recording a 29-save shutout and Winnik and Getzlaf scoring again.
With points in back-to-back games and with seven in his last five games, Getzlaf has been as productive as any member of the ducks over the last 10 days of action. The former Western Hockey League standout has been just as efficient throughout the season with 14 goals and 45 points in 40 games this season. Both numbers rank first among the Ducks, while Getzlaf's point total places him eighth in the National Hockey League.
Though he's third on the Ducks with 28 points in 43 games, Ryan hasn't factored in on Anaheim's scoring in six straight games. The former four-time 30-goal scorer has just 10 shots over that stretch and is minus-4. The 26-year-old picked behind Sidney Crosby in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft has struggled to replicate the offensive success he's enjoyed since breaking into the league in 2007-08.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Though he's got just four NHL games to his credit, Vatanen has made a quick impact and recorded his first career goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Finnish defenseman is continuing his standout first season in North America, where he recorded 45 points in 62 games with the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim's minor-league affiliate.
Though he hasn't scored since the Flames visited Anaheim nearly a month and a half ago, Winnik remains as dangerous as ever against Calgary. Three of the six goals scored by the 28-year-old this season has come at the expense of the Flames. In all, Winnik has 19 points in 43 games this year to add depth to a potent Anaheim offense.
Used to lighting up Scotiabank Saddledome as a member of the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers, Etem is set to make his debut in Calgary as a pro player. The former 61-goal junior scorer has adjusted well to life in the NHL, scoring three goals and adding six assists in 34 games for the Ducks this season.
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