ANAHEIM, CA -- The Disneyland Curse.
For several years, every time the Flames make a stop in Orange County, the storyline has remained the same. The team's 23-game losing streak in Anaheim has been well-documented; the Flames haven't won a regular season game at the Honda Center since Jan. 19, 2004.
But for new head coach Glen Gulutzan and his team, their focus is solely on tonight's game, not the team's history in Anaheim.
"It's nothing that we engage in our meetings or anything like that. To be quite honest, it doesn't pertain to me specifically. I've lost in this building. I've won in this building.
"Tonight, we're focused on the Calgary Flames and what our game has to be, regardless of what building we're playing in. We have to look after ourselves."
Mikael Backlund has been with the Flames for parts of seven seasons and has played his fair share of games in Anaheim. In order to get over the hump at the Honda Center, the pivot pointed to a few of the Flames road games this year where they played a very basic, structured game and came out victorious in places like Chicago, St. Louis and San Jose.
"We just have to simplify our game, play hard, have a really solid 60 minutes, and make it tough on them. Never give up and have that will and want to go to the dirty areas and make a difference. Want it more than them."
After dropping a 5-0 decision to the LA Kings last night, the Flames are looking to regroup quickly. They were far from pleased with their effort and compete level against the Kings and are set on turning things around this evening.
"We have to learn from our mistakes," Troy Brouwer stated. "Our video session this morning wasn't exactly very pleasant. We know a lot of what we gave them last night is our fault. Turnovers, misplays with the puck, not strong on plays. We feel if we clean that up tonight, we'll have a lot better effort."
Gulutzan views the Ducks as very similar to the Kings. After going over video from last night's loss and recent Ducks' games, he has prepared his club for another physical battle.
"They're going to compete hard. They're a big, strong hockey club. We're going to have to get our nose over the puck and we're going to have to (manage the puck). And we're going to have to be ready to play from the start because all of those things they bring - there are a lot of similarities between them and (the Kings) - and we're going to have to be ready to compete hard against a big, strong club."