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Calgary Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau will return to the ice tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. Gaudreau missed the last 10 games after he had surgery on his fractured finger, which he sustained vs. the Minnesota Wild on November 15th.
Gaudreau, 23, was selected in the fourth round, 104th overall, by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Gaudreau played in his first game, which was his only game, during the 2013-14 season. In that game Gaudreau scored his first goal and tallied his first point. Gaudreau had his breakout year in 2014-15 where he scored 24 goals and 40 assists (64 points) in 80 games. The next year, 2015-16, Gaudreau played in 79 games where he scored 30 goals and tallied 48 assists for 78 points. Only playing in 17 games this year, Gaudreau has a total of 11 points, 5 goals and 6 assists.
The Calgary are currently in 5th place in the Pacific division, 11th in the Western conference, with a 12–13-2 record. Their 26 points is 4th worst in the Western conference. Gaudreau returning should spark a potential winning streak as the Flames hope to make up some ground for a playoff spot.