Calgary Flames (44-31-4) at Anaheim Ducks (43-23-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 4, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Anaheim Ducks -140 / Calgary Flames +127 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks meet up in California on Tuesday night in a battle of Pacific division foes with playoff implications at stake.
The Flames dropped their last game at home against the Ducks and now complete the home and home set at the Honda Center on Tuesday night, and while they have already clinched a playoff berth they would like to close the gap on the pack and avoid a first round matchup with a division winner. Calgary at the moment is set to match up with the Ducks in the first round as they currently hold on to the first wild card spot in the Western Conference but they are just three points back of the San Jose Sharks for third in the Pacific and with the way the latter has been playing of late they are certainly within reach as the season nears a close. Calgary is expected to send Brian Elliott to the crease here as he will face off against John Gibson who is back in the Anaheim crease and will be out to prove he is the go to guy heading into the playoffs next week.
The Ducks meanwhile are jockeying for position in the Pacific division as they are fighting tooth and nail with the Edmonton Oilers right now and while the Oil have a game in hand and hold a tie breaker on the Ducks it is Anaheim currently in the lead with 99 points. Anaheim is a tough out for most teams as they are four lines deep and very physical but also have the skill set across the board to bury teams offensively but a huge part of their success in the playoffs will rest on the shoulders of their goaltenders who have only helped the Ducks to a plus-16 goal differential.
The Flames are 6-2 in their last eight road games and 20-8 in their last 28 overall while the Ducks are 4-1 in their last five against the Pacific and 6-1 in their last seven Tuesday games. Calgary has been playing very well of late and in this one against the Ducks I think they exact some revenge and get the win on the road.