Scouting Report: Anaheim Ducks
CALGARY, AB -- Though a position in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is all but guaranteed, there are plenty of reasons for the Anaheim Ducks to remain dangerous heading into Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.
Anaheim won’t soon forget the 7-2 drubbing they took the last time they met the Calgary Flames, the most goals they’ve allowed in a single outing this season. It’s one of six losses -- including four in regulation -- the slumping Ducks have suffered in their last 10 games, too.
Further, Anaheim is in the hunt for a Pacific Division title and currently trail the San Jose Sharks by just two points for top spot. Their fate could be in their own hands, too, with two games at hand over the Sharks.
With points at a premium and home ice in the playoffs on the line, the Ducks have plenty to play for Wednesday when they’re hosted by the Flames.
This Season: 46-18-7, 99 points (3rd in West)
Last Season: 30-12-6, 66 points (2nd in West)
Notable Injuries: None.
Flames Season Series Record: 1-2-0
Getzlaf, who leads the Ducks in assists (49) and points (79), has been especially productive of late. The 28-year-old has points in three straight games -- including five in his past two outings. Overall, only Sidney Crosby has recorded more points than Getzlaf’s 79 this season.
Though Koivu has had a productive season to date with nine goals and 25 points in 56 games, he’s struggled to produce of late. The 39-year-old has gone seven straight contests without a point and hasn’t scored since Jan. 30 -- a span of 15 games.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
In what will be his final appearance at Scotiabank Saddledome (pending a change of heart), Selanne enters Wednesday’s game against Calgary with three points in his past two games. In 76 career games against the Flames, the 43-year-old has 39 goals and 82 points.
Lindholm has shown a lot of promise in his rookie year in the NHL. The 20-year-old has five goals and 26 points in 68 games of what is his second season in North America after spending 2012-13 with the Norfolk Admirals -- Anaheim’s AHL affiliate. He’s been good at both ends, too, sporting a plus-29 rating -- 11th best in the League.
Perry is in the process of piecing together another strong season with the Ducks. With his next goal, the 28-year-old will record his highest goal total since hitting 50 in the 2010-11 season. In fact, only Alex Ovechkin’s 46 goals top Perry’s 37 this season while his 72 points sit him sixth overall.