Flames-Ducks Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 07, 2013
After facing the same team for three straight games, the Anaheim Ducks should be eager for the chance to extend their home winning streak against a different opponent Friday night. The Ducks look for a 10th straight victory at Honda Center while also trying to continue their home success against a Calgary Flames team seeking a season-high third consecutive win. Anaheim (16-3-3) played Phoenix three times in five days, suffering back-to-back 5-4 shootout losses on the road before Jonas Hiller stopped 18 shots in a 2-0 home win Wednesday. "We were mad that we gave up four goals the last two games and we know solid defense is going to win you more than just games," coach Bruce Boudreau told the Ducks' official website. "It's going to win division titles and championships." Anaheim, 3-0-2 in its last five, is second in the NHL with 35 points but 10 behind red-hot Chicago. "(The Blackhawks are) playing great and doing things the right way, but at the same time, we just worry about ourselves and keep pushing forward," said forward Ryan Getzlaf, who had an empty net goal and an assist Wednesday. The Ducks are focused on trying to extend their longest home winning streak since an 11-game run in 2009-10. Anaheim has outscored opponents 32-16 in winning nine in a row since a 5-0 home-opening loss to Vancouver. It's won 14 straight regular season and postseason games at home versus Calgary (9-8-4) since the 2006 playoffs. The last eight such meetings have been decided by one goal, including two in overtime and three in a shootout. With five goals and nine assists during an eight-game home point streak, Getzlaf has five goals and 11 assists while recording a point in 10 straight against the Flames at home. He scored twice Jan. 21 to help Anaheim hold on for a 5-4 win over Calgary despite blowing an early 3-0 lead. Overshadowed by rookie Viktor Fasth's 9-1-1 record and 2.08 goals-against average, Hiller has won five straight at home and is 4-0-1 with a 2.14 GAA since missing time with a lower-body injury. He is 4-0-0 with a 2.40 GAA at home against the Flames. Calgary is in the midst of a 4-1-1 stretch but both defeats came on the road, where it's dropped a season-high three in row. The Flames have won two straight going into a three-game California trip that includes back-to-back contests at Los Angeles. Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves in his first action since missing a month with a sprained MCL as Calgary beat San Jose 4-1 on Wednesday. Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for the Flames. "I felt that (Kiprusoff) was solid right from the get-go,'' coach Bob Hartley said. "He was seeing all the pucks and that's such a good feeling for guys on the bench, for coaches, and probably for fans.'' Hartley plans to start Kiprusoff, who has a 3.27 GAA during a nine-game regular season and playoff road skid against the Ducks. Iginla has scored six of his seven goals in five games, including four in the last three. He has a point in six straight at Anaheim, and seven goals and 10 assists in his last 13 overall in the series.
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