The Flames hate going to Disneyland

Updated: November 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm by Ryan Pike

The Calgary Flames are going for history tonight in Anaheim. The bad kind of history.

In the history of the National Hockey League, no team has lost 24 consecutive regular season road games against a single team. The Flames have lost 23 straight games at the Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks. They have a 0-18-5 record in that span.

Here’s a quick glance at Calgary’s utter futility in Orange County and the 23 reasons they utterly hate going to Disneyland.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SORROW

A big thanks to the Hockey Summary Project at Flyers History.

#1: APRIL 4, 2004: 2-1 ANAHEIM

  • The last game of the 2003-04 regular season.
  • The Flames blew a 1-0 second period lead, giving up two goals in the third.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 26-23.
  • Coach: Darryl Sutter (0-1-0); GM: Sutter (0-1-0)

#2: OCTOBER 26, 2005: 4-1 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Phoenix the next night.
  • The Flames gave up three power play goals.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 31-26.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-2-0); GM: Sutter (0-2-0)

#3: APRIL 17, 2006: 4-3 ANAHEIM

  • The last game of the 2005-06 regular season.
  • Once again, the Flames gave up three power play goals.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 34-32.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-3-0); GM: Sutter (0-3-0)

#4: NOVEMBER 26, 2006: 5-3 ANAHEIM

  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the previous night.
  • A slight improvement, as the Flames only gave up two power play goals.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 39-22.
  • Coach: Jim Playfair (0-1-0); GM: Sutter (0-4-0)

#5: DECEMBER 18, 2006: 4-1 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Flames scored 1:40 into the game, then never scored again.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 41-28.
  • Coach: Playfair (0-2-0); GM: Sutter (0-5-0)

#6: FEBRUARY 17, 2008: 4-2 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames scored a first period power play goal, then gave up four in the second period (including two power play goals).
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 36-25.
  • Coach: Mike Keenan (0-1-0); GM: Sutter (0-6-0)

#7: FEBRUARY 29, 2008: 3-1 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Phoenix the next night.
  • The Flames gave up a goal 35 seconds into the game.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 25-23.
  • Coach: Keenan (0-2-0); GM: Sutter (0-7-0)

#8: NOVEMBER 2, 2008: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the previous night.
  • The Flames gave up a goal 1:46 into the game, then two more in the first 2:08 of the second period.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 37-36.
  • Coach: Keenan (0-3-0); GM: Sutter (0-8-0)

#9: FEBRUARY 11, 2009: 3-2 ANAHEIM (OT)

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Flames scored first and blew 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
  • Anaheim scored 55 seconds into overtime.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 40-23.
  • Coach: Keenan (0-3-1); GM: Sutter (0-8-1)

#10: NOVEMBER 23, 2009: 3-2 ANAHEIM (SO)

  • The Flames scored first, but Anaheim scored twice in 1:08 to take the lead.
  • The Flames scored with 18 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 43-31.
  • Coach: Brent Sutter (0-0-1); GM: D. Sutter (0-8-2)

#11: JANUARY 17, 2010: 5-4 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in San Jose the next night.
  • This was a track meet. The Flames blew a 1-0 lead, then retook the lead, then blew a 4-3 lead.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 37-26.
  • Coach: B. Sutter (0-1-1); GM: D.Sutter (0-9-2)

#12: DECEMBER 10, 2010: 3-2 ANAHEIM (SO)


  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the previous night.
  • The Flames trailed 2-0 after two periods, then roared back to tie it up.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 39-25.
  • Coach: B. Sutter (0-1-2); GM: D. Sutter (0-9-3)
  • Darryl Sutter resigned 18 days after this loss.

#13: MARCH 20, 2011: 5-4 ANAHEIM (OT)

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • Another track meet. The Flames gave up three goals in the first, then tied the game 3-3 in the second and took the lead mid-way through the third. But Anaheim scored a power play goal in the last few minutes of the third, then scored in overtime four seconds after Henrik Karlsson stopped Bobby Ryan on a penalty shot.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 41-33.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-1-3); GM: Feaster (0-0-1)

#14: FEBRUARY 6, 2012: 3-2 ANAHEIM (SO)

  • The Ducks scored twice in the first, but the Flames rallied back to tie in the third period.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 33-26.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-1-4); GM: Feaster (0-0-2)

#15: MARCH 2, 2012: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The second game of a back-to-back, playing in Phoenix the previous night.
  • A back-and-forth game. The Ducks took the lead with 46 seconds left in the third.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 38-29.
  • Coach: Sutter (0-2-4); GM: Feaster (0-1-2)

#16: MARCH 8, 2013: 4-0 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Ducks scored 1:15 into the first and never looked back.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 29-24.
  • Coach: Bob Hartley (0-1-0); GM: Feaster (0-2-2)

#17: OCTOBER 16, 2013: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames got down 2-0 in the first and never quite clawed all the way back.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 35-22.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-2-0); GM: Feaster (0-3-2)

#18: NOVEMBER 29, 2013: 5-2 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • The Flames gave up two goals in the first before scoring and just couldn’t muster a comeback.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 42-21.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-3-0); GM: Feaster (0-4-2)
  • Feaster was fired 13 days after this loss.

#19: NOVEMBER 25, 2014: 3-2 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in San Jose the next night.
  • The Flames trailed 3-0 after the second period, but almost came all the way back to tie it up.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 34-29.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-4-0); GM: Treliving (0-1-0)

#20: JANUARY 21, 2015: 6-3 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames gave up three goals in the first and trailed 4-0 at one point in the second.
  • Calgary outshot Anaheim 33-27.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-5-0); GM: Treliving (0-2-0)

#21: NOVEMBER 24, 2015: 5-3 ANAHEIM

  • The Flames blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2. Anaheim scored three times in the third to close out the game.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 32-25.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-6-0); GM: Treliving (0-3-0)

#22: FEBRUARY 21, 2016: 5-2 ANAHEIM

  • The Ducks took the lead in the first and led almost the entire way, scoring three times in the third.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 33-24.
  • Coach; Hartley (0-7-0); GM: Treliving (0-4-0)

#23: MARCH 30, 2016: 8-3 ANAHEIM

  • The first game of a back-to-back, playing in Los Angeles the next night.
  • Anaheim led 5-0 before the Flames scored their first goal.
  • Anaheim outshot Calgary 27-26.
  • Coach: Hartley (0-8-0); GM: Treliving (0-5-0)

The losing streak has lasted through five head coaches and three general managers. As you can see, the Flames have lost in almost every way that a team can lose during the streak.

    THIS AND THAT

    Calgary’s home record against Anaheim since their last win at the Honda Center: 16-8-1. So it’s not like Anaheim has had their number for 12 years.

    Calgary’s longest active regular season losing streaks in road buildings:

    • 0 games: Arizona, Colorado, Columbus, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Jose, St. Louis, Washington
    • 1 game: Boston (3/5/2015), Chicago (10/24/2016), Dallas (12/17/2015), Detroit (3/6/2015), Edmonton (4/2/2016), Florida (11/8/2014), New Jersey (2/25/2015), Philadelphia (3/3/2015), Vancouver (2/6/2016)
    • 2 games: Buffalo (12/14/2013), Carolina (1/13/2014), NY Islanders (2/6/2014), Tampa Bay (4/3/2014), Winnipeg (10/19/2014)
    • 4 games: Los Angeles (1/19/2015), NY Rangers (12/7/2008), Ottawa (1/14/2011), Toronto (1/15/2011)
    • 23 games: Anaheim (1/19/2004)

    If you add up all their current active losing streaks in arenas that aren’t Anaheim, it’s only 35 games combined.