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Back-to-back against Calgary. This will be fun.

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Game #79

Anaheim Ducks @ Calgary Flames

Sunday April 2nd, 2017, 6:30 PM PST

Scotiabank Saddledome

TV: PRIME

Radio: AM830, AnaheimDucks.com

Your Enemy: Matchsticks & Gasoline


10 game point streak!

No 3-on-3 overtime in the playoffs!

Thank goodness!

Optimism!

Don’t let the sinking feeling of 2 consecutive blown leads with less than 2 minutes left then losses in overtime bring you down!

*Whimpering noises in closet

Ok we’re back.

The Ducks play their final road game of the season in Calgary looking to show that they’re capable of holding onto a lead. After a brilliant stretch of play with a 5-game win streak, the Ducks have dropped their last two.

Anaheim is still on a 10-game point streak and are not falling in ugly losses. So the problems the Ducks are having should be easily correctable. They’re going to need to do it soon though in order to avoid limping into the playoffs. Being hot headed into the postseason is the best way the Ducks can make a deep run.

They’ll have to stop a Flames team that is among the hottest in the NHL. The top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Michael Ferland have combined for 17 points in their last 5 games. The Ducks will have to shut down their best line to get back on track, which will no doubt be a mountainous task on the tail-end of a back-to-back.

One reason for optimism is the power play. The Ducks scored both of their goals last night on the power play. After going for so long with next to no success with the man advantage, Anaheim showed they could break through on the man advantage. While power play opportunities tend to decrease in the playoffs, it’s important that the Ducks figure out how to be effective again in order to maximize the limited chances they’ll get.

Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the net back tonight after backing up John Gibson in his absolutely stellar return to ice. It’s clear that Gibson didn’t show much rust, and with Bernier’s outstanding play recently, the Ducks can feel confident in the crease as the postseason approaches.