Tuesday, November 24, 2015

By-the-Numbers look at Calgary's Futility at Anaheim's Honda House of Horrors

Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but just a 12-minute drive away is the most depressing place on earth for the Calgary Flames.

Of course, we're talking about Honda Centre, home arena for the Anaheim Ducks.

In a stretch that goes back to when it was the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim playing out of the Arrowhead Pond, Calgary hasn't won a regular season game in that building since January 19, 2004.

This 20-game (0-15-5) winless streak has been talked about ad nauseam in recent years but until the Flames snap this woeful drought, that isn't going to change.

By the Numbers

4,327 - Number of days since that last regular season victory. In a 5-1 win, Craig Conroy had his only career four-assist game and Calgary got goals from Chris Clark, Martin Gelinas, Josh Green (one of two career goals for the Flames), Toni Lydman and Oleg Saprykin. In net, Roman Turek (36 saves) got the win. Interestingly, Jarome Iginla did not play due to an ankle injury -- the only game he would miss that season -- and Miikka Kiprusoff (knee) was also not in the lineup.

514 - The number of seconds of regular season hockey Tuesday's starting goaltender Karri Ramo has played at the Honda Center as a member of the Flames. That 8:34 came on November 29, 2013, when he mopped up late in the third period for Reto Berra, stopping all four shots he faced in a 5-2 loss. In other words, for Ramo it's a case of jinx? What jinx?

259 - New episodes of The Simpsons that have aired since that last regular season win.

178 - Regular season road wins for Calgary since last winning in Anaheim. That includes 21 victories in Edmonton's Rexall Place. Rounding out the Flames top three road buildings to play in during this stretch is Colorado's Pepsi Center (15) and Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center (14).

162 - Regular season home losses for Anaheim since Calgary last beat them. San Jose leads the way with 16 wins at the Honda Center over that span. Next on the list is Dallas (15), Los Angeles (12), Arizona/Phoenix (12), Vancouver (11), Columbus (10), Edmonton (9) and Minnesota (8). Yes, you're reading that correct. Despite missing the playoffs 10 out of 11 seasons over that span, the Oilers have still won nine times in Anaheim since Calgary last won there.

121 - Seconds away from snapping the skid on March 20, 2011. Instead, with Rene Bourque in the penalty box for interference, Teemu Selanne scores on the power play to tie the game. Corey Perry's overtime goal gives Anaheim a 5-4 win.

116 - Flames players that have played at least one game during this 20-game winless streak. Jarome Iginla leads the way with 16 games. He is followed by Mark Giordano (14), Robyn Regehr (11), Kiprusoff (10), Curtis Glencross (10), Dion Phaneuf (10), Cory Sarich (10) and Daymond Langkow (10).

In terms of active Flames, behind Giordano are Lance Bouma (7), TJ Brodie (7), Matt Stajan (6), Mikael Backlund (6) and Jiri Hudler (5).

That number includes 13 goaltenders. In addition to Kiprusoff, Calgary has tried Curtis Joseph, Henrik Karlsson and Jonas Hiller twice each. Also appearing in net have been Brian Boucher, Curtis McElhinney, Jamie McLennan, Joey MacDonald, Joni Ortio, Ramo, Leland Irving, Berra and Turek.

111 - Songs recorded by Taylor Swift (per Wikipedia) since the Flames last regular season win in Anaheim. There should be plenty of Bad Blood by now so maybe tonight is The Lucky One and Calgary can Shake it Off and pick up a win, which would be the realization of fans' Wildest Dreams.

80 - Shots faced by Ramo in his two starts in Anaheim in the 2015 playoffs (games 2, 5). He lost both games but made 75 saves for an impressive .938 save percentage. Ramo also came on in relief of Hiller early in the second period of game 1 and stopped 18 of 21. Altogether, his three post-season appearances at the Honda Center add up to a .921 save percentage.

46 - Seconds remaining in a tie game on March 2, 2012, when Ryan Getzlaf scores on a set-up from Perry to win it 3-2. Irving finishes with 35 saves.

30 - Number of regular season games Calgary has played in Anaheim since a 2-1 Flames win on January 13, 1999. During that stretch, their record is 1-19-10.

29 - Number of saves made by Ramo when he won 4-3 in Anaheim on January 9, 2009 in his only career regular season start at the Honda Center. He was 22 years old at the time and was playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

22 - Wins for the Flames in California since last winning in Anaheim. That number is made up of 13 victories in Los Angeles and nine in San Jose.

13 - Number of Flames-Ducks games in Anaheim -- dating back to 1993 when the Ducks entered the NHL -- that have gone to overtime. Calgary has yet to win in extra time. Not once. They've lost three games in a shootout, lost four in overtime and six games that came before the advent of the shootout ended in a tie.

8 - Number of shooters for each team in a 3-2 shootout loss in Anaheim on February 6, 2012. Perry and Olli Jokinen were the lone goal scorers after three shooters. Next, Getzlaf and Iginla both missed. In round 5, Bobby Ryan and Blair Jones both scored. Next, Jason Blake and Krys Kolanos both were unsuccessful. Shooting seventh, Cam Fowler and Brodie were both stopped. As shooter No. 8, Niklas Hagman beat Kiprusoff to put the pressure on Calgary and Backlund was stopped by Hiller to end it. Ducks win.

7 - The age of Sam Bennett when Calgary last won a regular season game in Anaheim. He would have been playing tyke hockey for York Simcoe in Ontario.

6 - Number of playoff games the Ducks and Flames have played in Anaheim since 2004. Calgary has lost the last five but did pick up a 5-2 win on April 25, 2006, making that the last time -- post-season included -- they tasted victory in Anaheim. Scoring that night were Kristian HuseliusChuck KobasewDaymond LangkowDarren McCarty and Robyn Regehr. It was game three of their first round playoff series and the victory put Calgary ahead 2-1 in a series they'd eventually lose in seven games.

4 - Number of James Bond movies that have been released since the Flames last win in Anaheim.

3 - Number of players expected to be in the Flames line-up Tuesday that have yet to lose (or play) a regular season game in Anaheim while playing for Calgary. New to the nightmare are Dougie Hamilton, Michael Frolik and Bennett.

2 - Number of players in uniform for the Mighty Ducks in that last Calgary win, who are still playing in the NHL today -- Joffrey Lupul and Chris Kunitz. As well, Flames defenceman Andrew Ference is still going.

1 - Number of wins it will take to end this madness. This is the first of three visits to Anaheim in 2015-16. The Flames also play at the Honda Center on February 21 and March 30. Surely the end is near and for the benefit of dead horses and beating them further, we can only hope.

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