A five-game winning streak wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary for the Anaheim Ducks. For the Calgary Flames, it’d mark a season best and complete a perfect road trip.
A win in Anaheim on Wednesday night, however, would be even more noteworthy.
One of these Pacific Division teams will head into the All-Star break on a high note, and an Anaheim victory would extend its league-best point total entering the five-day break. A Calgary win would end more than a decade of regular-season futility at Honda Center.
The Flames (25-18-3) have won five straight on the road, including the first four of their trip after Monday’s 2-1 overtime win over Los Angeles. They last strung together six wins away from Calgary from Feb. 12-March 5, 2009.
However, they last won a regular-season game in Anaheim on Jan. 19, 2004, going 0-14-5 since for the NHL’s longest active road losing streak in a series. A 20th straight win for the Ducks (30-10-6) would match the fourth-longest home winning streak in a series in league history.
It’s Calgary, though, which has cleaned up against Pacific opponents this season with a 14-3-1 record, while Anaheim is 9-3-5.
The Flames’ four-game run has come against Pacific teams as they’ve allowed five goals, but it’s the latest in a streaky stretch. In the past 23 contests, Calgary has posted three four-game winning streaks and losing streaks of eight and three.
Bob Hartley’s team has won consecutive games in overtime and outscored opponents 6-1 in the third period and OT in the last four.
Against the Kings, Sean Monahan scored for the third straight game to tie it in the third, and Dennis Wideman scored in the final minute of overtime for his second goal in two games.
"Whenever you get involved in a tie game late in the third period, it can go either way, and we’ve been very fortunate," Hartley told the team’s official website. "It seems to go our way right now."
Joni Ortio has been in goal for the entire trip while Karri Ramo was on injured reserve. He’s posted a 1.23 goals-against average since being called up from Adirondack of the AHL on Jan. 8 and wasn’t sent down when Ramo was activated Tuesday.
"Thank God I’m not the one making the decisions," said Ortio, who beat Anaheim 7-2 on March 12 during his first stretch of NHL duty. "I’m just trying to create a positive problem here."
How the team handles it remains to be seen. Ramo missed five games, while Jonas Hiller last played in a 6-5 home loss to Florida on Jan. 9. Hiller has dropped his last three appearances with a 4.16 GAA, and the former Duck has split two starts against Anaheim this season.
Anaheim’s four-game winning streak is part of a 16-4-1 stretch since the start of December. The Ducks are also coming off a victory in Los Angeles, 3-2 in a shootout Saturday.
"Coming out with a win here, it’s huge for the team, and it brings a lot of confidence," Jakob Silfverberg said after converting the shootout winner. "Hopefully we continue with this success."
Frederik Andersen won his fifth straight start to improve to 15-2-1 with a 2.19 GAA in his last 18. Andersen is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA at home against Calgary.
Ryan Getzlaf has three goals and nine assists in his last seven home games against the Flames.