When you go out and play a near-perfect game, there's an enormous amount of pressure for a suitably superb encore.
After going out and beating up on one of the league's best teams in Wednesday's 5-1 pounding of the visiting Minnesota Wild that increased their winning streak to two games, the Flames will look to make it three tonight against the Devils.
The Wild victory, coupled with the team's big OT victory over the Senators prior to the all-star break, has the team walking with a bit of a swagger right now.
"Ya, but it can be fleeting to," answered head coach Glen Gulutzan, when asked about the club's newfound confidence. "But with the skates I've witnessed and the overall vibe in the room I think there is a good feel here. But what I like most is there is a bit of an edge feel here to and that's always a good thing."
When it comes to went right against Minny, Micheal Ferland said the secret to their success was simple.
"We didn't make a lot of mistakes," said Ferland. "We didn't have a ton of zone time or Grade A chances but we just capitalized on what was there for us and made a lot of smart plays. Every line and all of us were going. It was a real complete game."
Taking to the ice against the Devils in the first of a three-game road trip that will also see them play a Sunday matinee against the Rangers and then take on Sid the Kid and Co. Tuesday before heading home, rookie phenom Matthew Tkachuk said making the best of what New Jersey gives will be key.
"Every game now is a big game for us," said Tkachuk. "We just want to keep the game simple. They're not going to give up many chances so we have to capitalize on them when we do get our chances."