Flames-Ducks Preview

The Associated Press

A visit from the Calgary Flames might be what the Anaheim Ducks need to bounce back from an ugly defeat.

The Ducks are the only team yet to lose at home in regulation and will be trying for an 18th consecutive home victory over the Flames on Friday.

Anaheim (17-7-3) led 2-1 after two periods Tuesday at Dallas but gave up three goals in a 53-second span early in the third en route to a 6-3 loss. It was the most goals the Ducks have allowed since a season-opening 6-1 defeat at Colorado.

"There are ups and downs, and (Tuesday) was probably one of the lowest you could go to after allowing three goals in a minute and giving up the game," forward Andrew Cogliano told the Ducks' official website. "But, it happens and we move on. We have to focus on what we did wrong and focus on the good things. Hopefully we correct them."

Returning home to face Calgary (8-12-4) could help.

Besides the Flames having the Western Conference's second-worst record, Anaheim is 9-0-1 at the Honda Center, led by Ryan Getzlaf's nine goals and seven assists. The Ducks are averaging 3.90 goals there even after a 1-0 win over Tampa Bay last Friday in their most recent home game.

That nearly perfect record in Anaheim includes a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Oct. 16, their 17th straight home win over the Flames since a 5-1 loss Jan. 19, 2004. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, however, will make sure his team remains focused knowing nine of the last 10 meetings in Anaheim were decided by one goal - two in overtime and three in a shootout.

"It's going to be a tough game," Boudreau said. "It always is with Calgary. Hopefully we're ready and prepared."

Getzlaf has registered a point in 12 straight home games against the Flames, totaling six goals and 13 assists. He enters this matchup on a seven-game point streak during which he has seven goals and five assists.

Getzlaf assisted on Dustin Penner's goal that opened the scoring versus Calgary last month. Penner has scored three of his seven goals in the last two games overall.

The Ducks have killed all 13 of their opponents' power plays over the last three contests and 31 of 35 in Anaheim this season.

Calgary went 0 for 4 there last month and is converting 12.7 percent (10 for 79) while averaging 2.0 goals during the 17-game road slide to the Ducks.

The Flames appeared to be in good shape to post a second straight win Wednesday, holding a 2-0 third-period lead versus Chicago. However, the Blackhawks capped a three-goal rally with 18 seconds left to hand the Flames a 3-2 home loss.

"We've got to play a full 60 (minutes)," said forward Lance Bouma, who has recorded three of his five points in the last four games. "That's the bottom line. We can't take shifts off. We have to play hard the entire night. That's something we have to get better at.

"We've got to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Calgary's Lee Stempniak has been held without a point in three straight games but has four goals and four assists in his last eight against the Ducks.

The Flames, already missing captain Mark Giordano (ankle), Curtis Glenncross (knee) and Dennis Wideman (hand), now will be missing rookie Sean Monahan due to a hairline fracture in his foot. The 19-year-old Monahan is second among NHL rookies with 15 points, including nine goals.

''We've lost some significant players for a significant period of time,'' general manager Jay Feaster said. ''It's important they don't become an excuse. They're not a crutch, no pun intended, to lean on.

''You try and find a way to soldier on. We have to find ways to win games with the guys we do have.''

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