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The Calgary Flames are desperately trying to move into a Western Conference playoff spot, but visiting the Anaheim Ducks isn't likely to help them get there.
The Ducks look to begin a key back-to-back stretch by continuing their domination of the Flames at Honda Center on Friday night.
Calgary (29-24-11) is two points behind Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West and Anaheim (27-27-10) is seven points back.
While the Flames have a chance to pull even with the Stars, the Ducks' playoff push has slowed with two straight losses after a 17-3-4 surge moved them from the bottom of the conference to within striking distance of the postseason.
After hosting Calgary, Anaheim visits ninth-place Los Angeles on Saturday.
"It's against two opponents that we're chasing," right wing Corey Perry told the team's official website. "You win both and it's four points. You never know where that can put you at the end of the day. They are probably the two biggest games of the year right now."
Facing the Flames at home would seem to be an ideal chance for the Ducks to regain some momentum.
Anaheim has lost once at home to Calgary since the 1998-99 season, compiling a staggering 20-1-0 record with three ties. The Ducks extended their home winning streak in the series to 14 games when former Flames forward Niklas Hagman scored in the eighth round of the shootout to secure a 3-2 victory Feb. 6.
The Ducks, however, enter this matchup struggling to score, falling 2-0 to Buffalo at home Wednesday following a 4-1 defeat at Colorado two days prior.
They've given up the first goal in each game of a 2-3-0 stretch, and were blanked for the fifth time this season Wednesday despite outshooting the Sabres 43-24.
"I would like to be able to score a goal before the other team does, so we don't have to play from behind," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It wasn't for lack of effort. They are trying to score."
Perry, the team leader with 30 goals, has been shut out the last three games after scoring eight times in the previous nine contests.
He has four goals and four assists in the past five meetings with Calgary, but hasn't managed a point in the last two.
The Flames, who haven't won at Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004, snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win at Phoenix on Thursday.
"We were definitely desperate," said captain Jarome Iginla, who had a goal and an assist. "We know what's at stake and played a complete game. The guys competed hard and in the third period; when it counted, we applied good pressure."
Iginla has seven goals and seven assists in the last 10 games against the Ducks, getting three of each in five visits to Anaheim during that stretch.
Curtis Glencross has also been a rare bright spot at Honda Center, netting four goals and setting up three others in six games. The left wing had two assists in the most recent visit last month, and enters this meeting with a goal in each of the last two contests.
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