Ducks-Flames Preview

With good reason, the Anaheim Ducks’ top line of Corey Perry,

Bobby Ryan and captain Ryan Getzlaf receives plenty of attention

from opponents. Teams can’t forget about 40-year-old winger Teemu

Selanne.

The Ducks go for their first season sweep of the Calgary Flames

on Wednesday night when the two playoff hopefuls meet at the

Scotiabank Saddledome.

Anaheim (43-28-5) owes much of its success during its current

11-3-0 run to Perry, Ryan and Getzlaf, who have combined for 19

goals and 36 assists in this stretch.

Selanne also deserves plenty of credit. He has eight goals and

10 assists in March – he didn’t have more than 12 points in any

other month – after recording his 22nd career hat trick and adding

two assists in Monday’s 5-4 win over Colorado.

“If you try to shut their top line down, you have to be careful,

because the second line is just as dangerous,” Avalanche center

Paul Stastny said. “There’s a reason why (Selanne) has 75 points.

Him, (Saku) Koivu, (Jason) Blake, their defensemen – they always

jump in, so it doesn’t matter who’s out there. You have to be

aware.”

The Flames (38-28-11) know exactly what Selanne is capable of

doing. He leads the Ducks with seven points in the season series

despite missing the first meeting with a groin injury. He scored a

game-tying third-period goal in each of the last two matchups.

Selanne had a season-best three assists in the teams’ only

meeting at the Saddledome, a 5-4 overtime victory Feb. 11. The only

time the Ducks won twice in Calgary in the same season was 1995-96,

and they’ve never won every matchup in this season series since

entering the league in 1993.

The Flames are desperate to avoid being swept because they are

outside the Western Conference postseason picture and are four

points behind Anaheim, which is in playoff position.

Calgary ended a three-game losing streak and finished a 1-1-2

trip Saturday with a 5-4 shootout victory over league-worst

Edmonton. Unanswered third-period goals by Jarome Iginla, Curtis

Glencross and Steve Staios helped the Flames rally from three

down.

“That was awesome,” said Iginla, who scored twice on the power

play and has six goals in the last five games. ” … That was a

playoff game for us. That was our playoff lives and we get to live

again.”

Calgary could be in for a tough test against Ray Emery, who made

31 saves Monday to improve to 5-0-0 with a 1.88 goals-against

average since being called up from the minors.

Emery has allowed three goals in three career starts against the

Flames, including a 3-0 win with Philadelphia the last time he

faced them Feb. 1, 2010.

Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff has allowed eight goals in two starts

versus Anaheim this season and was pulled early in the most recent

one, allowing three goals on five shots in a 5-4 overtime loss

March 20. Kiprusoff has a 3.86 GAA in his last six starts

overall.