Playing at Pengrowth Saddledome had been an advantage for the Calgary Flames earlier this season, but the venue hasn't been nearly as kind lately.
The Flames look to avoid their first four-game home losing streak in over six years on Tuesday night when they match up against an Anaheim Ducks team that hasn't fared well on the road lately.
After winning nine of its first 13 contests (9-3-1) at Pengrowth Saddledome through the first two months of 2008-09, Calgary has stumbled to an 0-1-2 mark there. The team opened its season-high five-game homestand with a 3-2 loss to Chicago on Friday.
Rene Bourque had a goal and an assist, but the Flames (18-11-4) faltered on all four of their power-play chances to fall to 0-for-10 in those situations over their last three home games.
"We had a lot a chances to finish - I myself had a few chances - in the third, but we didn't finish," said Bourque, who has three goals and two assists in his last four games.
It was Calgary's fourth loss in its last six contests (2-1-3), putting the Flames in jeopardy of their first four-game home skid since Nov. 14-21, 2002.
Calgary has won eight of its last 10 home games against Anaheim, but has lost six of the last eight overall meetings. The Ducks have won three straight in the series, including a 3-2 home victory on Nov. 2.
Anaheim (18-13-3) is coming off a 4-3 loss at Vancouver on Monday as Bobby Ryan had a goal and two assists in defeat. Ryan has been moved up to the team's top line in place of Teemu Selanne, who is expected to miss at least four weeks with a lacerated thigh.
"I didn't think we really engaged in the hockey game emotionally until the third period," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "And then we got desperate and started to play more of the type of hockey that is required to have success on the road."
Carlyle's club is 8-6-1 on the road, losing four of five away contests in December.
For the Ducks to have success on the remainder on their five-game swing, they'll have to improve their discipline. Anaheim was whistled for nine infractions Monday after taking a season-high 10 in a shootout win at Edmonton on Friday.
Opponents are 8-for-46 in power-play opportunities against the Ducks over their last eight games.
"The flow, when you are going to the box one after another, is tough because you are wearing out certain guys and others aren't getting on the ice at all," said captain Scott Niedermayer, who had a goal and an assist Monday.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected in net for the Ducks. He has allowed only nine goals on 156 shots in winning four of his last five starts. Giguere is 8-2-0 with a 1.79 goals-against average in his last 11 starts versus the Flames.
Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff has a 1.44 GAA in winning seven of eight against the Ducks at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla - the third-leading scorer in franchise history - recorded his 800th career NHL point with an assist Friday. He leads the Flames with 16 goals and 22 assists, and has 21 goals and 39 points in 45 lifetime matchups versus the Ducks.