The last time the Flames won a game in Orange County, things were much different. Darryl Sutter was the head coach, Jarome Iginla was the captain and Miikka Kiprusoff was the starting netminder.
The date? Apr. 26, 2006. Game 3 of their opening-round playoff matchup with the Ducks. Calgary won that night, 5-2, but Anaheim would go on to win the series four games to three.
Since then, the Flames have taken the L every time they’ve been to Anaheim. That includes this season, when they dropped a 4-1 decision in their first of two visits to the Honda Center back on Nov. 6.
Tonight, Calgary gets another shot at busting the slump. It’s the Flames’ last kick at the can for the year, and it comes just two nights after the Ducks went into the Saddledome and won, 4-3.
“If we play like we did (Sunday), we’re not going to end that thing either,” Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said, per the Calgary Herald. “We need to be better. We’re not thinking about a streak or anything. We’re just thinking about being better.”
The Calgary-Anaheim matchup is getting extra attention lately. If the season ended today, the two would meet in the first playoff round, a rematch of their ’15 second-round series that the Ducks won in five games (Anaheim laid the boots at Honda that series, outscoring Calgary 12-3 over three contests).
Of course, much can change in the ultra tight Pacific Division.
The Ducks sit atop with 99 points, the Flames are fourth with 92, and two teams — Edmonton, with 97 and San Jose, with 95 — are sandwiched in between.
The Ducks, Sharks and Flames all have three games left, while the Oilers have four.