The Anaheim Ducks have two regular season games left, and tonight they face off against the Calgary Flames for the last time in 2018-19.
It has been a long season, and only two more games stand between the Anaheim Ducks and a summer full of hard work. For the final time, they will face the Calgary Flames, a team that has quite a difficult record here at Honda Center.
So far, the Ducks have lost both contests to the Flames, giving up a combined 8 goals in two games. Both teams already know their postseason fate. The Flames will make their way to the playoffs and the Ducks will be playing a lot of golf. However, tonight, a challenge still remains. Can Anaheim prove once and for all that Calgary simply cannot win at the Ponda?
It’s Game Time: Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames
Game 81: Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames
Season Record: 33-37-10
Location: Honda Center — Anaheim, California
Time: 7:30 pm PST
TV: Prime Ticket
Radio: AM 830
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Anaheim Ducks Player to Watch — Rickard Rakell
Rickard Rakell has had a more difficult season than any of the Anaheim Ducks on the team this season. His almost 70 point season last year put a lot of expectations on the 25-year-old Swedish winger. While it may not be fair that he has spent most of the season under a microscope, no one could have predicted how the Ducks 25th Anniversary Season would end up.
However, the creative and crafty Rickard Rakell of old has made a resurgence in the past few months. A 20 goal season seemed like a stretch for the Swede just a few weeks ago. Nevertheless, his 8 goals in the last five games have put him within just two goals of eclipsing the 20 goal mark.
He has a lot to prove in the next two games, not just to Ducks Nation and his team, but to himself. Rakell is not known as a player who gives up easily, so I would expect to see his name on the stat sheet tonight and during the Ducks season finale against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.
Who do you think is going to make the biggest impact for the Ducks over the next two games? Let us know by leaving your thoughts in the comment section down below, and as always, Let’s Go Ducks!