Game day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES @ ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS

GAME TIME: 8:30 P.M. TV: PAY-PER-VIEW RADIO: FAN 960

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COMING IN:

After clinching the Northwest Division and being pegged in the Western Conference's No. 3 position, the Flames dropped a shootout clash Saturday in Los Angeles. The defeat gives them a 7-0-3 mark in their last 10 outings.

Anaheim is heading into the post-season like a jalopy leaking oil. The Ducks came to Calgary last Tuesday having won five of six but fell 3-0 that night to start a three-game losing skid in which they've been outscored 11-4. Last game was particularly disappointing. With a chance to move up to fifth spot in the conference, the Ducks were quickly down 5-1 and lost 6-3 in San Jose.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

It's been a homer series so far, with the Flames falling 4-1 in Anaheim in October before taking both Saddledome dates. Calgary has won five of the last seven encounters but dropped two in a row at the Pond, including the 2003-04 season finale. The Flames lead the all-time series 25-21-7-1.

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WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- In 11 games since coming to the Flames, Jamie Lundmark has collected four goals and six assists. He's also a plus-2.

DUCKS -- Andy McDonald has five goals and 10 assists in nine games and been held off the scoresheet only once.

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WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- Roman Hamrlik is struggling offensively, with only two assists in the last 12 games.

DUCKS -- Todd Marchant has no goals and three assists to go with a minus-4 rating his last 18 games.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.3% (86-470, 11th); Anaheim 18% (84-467, 17th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84.4% (7th); Anaheim 83.5% (13th).

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INJURIES:

FLAMES -- LW Marcus Nilson (knee) and D Cale Hulse (shoulder) are out. D Jordan Leopold (groin) and RW Chuck Kobasew (groin) are day-to-day.

DUCKS -- D Scott Niedermayer, who set a career high with 63 points, watched the last period of the San Jose game from the bench to rest a sore knee. Todd Fedoruk left the game in the second period due to back spasms after being checked by Ville Nieminen and falling awkwardly into the boards.

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NOTABLES:

The Flames cancelled a scheduled practice in Los Angeles yesterday, going straight to Anaheim in the afternoon. An Easter egg hunt, maybe? "We'll have a big scavenger hunt later," quipped D Rhett Warrener ... Warrener was showing no ill effects from the second-period hit that sent him to the dressing room favouring his right knee. He returned for an effective third period and said he was OK ... Andy McDonald became only the third Ducks skater in franchise history to reach 80 points, joining Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya. McDonald heads into tonight's game with 83 points.


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