The Calgary Flames (16-13-7) flew right from Calgary to Seattle following their disappointing 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
A lack of discipline cost them in an otherwise pretty stellar showing against the Oilers, but the Flames jump right back into the action on Wednesday against one of the most surprising teams in the Pacific Division in the Seattle Kraken (18-10-4).
Points are critical for a Flames team on the outside of the NHL playoff picture.
"They play hard and they're in a playoff spot and we're not," Calgary Flames veteran winger Tyler Toffoli said ahead of the Kraken contest. "You don't want to get yourself into a routine of winning one and losing one. It's not what a good team does.
"I think tonight's a really good test against a team that plays hard and doesn't give up much. I think we take pride in creating a lot of opportunities, I think it's a good opportunity for us tonight."
Flames winger Mikael Backlund scored the only goal for his side against the Oilers, and nearly had the tying goal late in the third but hit the post. The Flames would be feeling much more confident coming to Seattle off a victory but they played a strong game overall.
"It's tough," Backlund said. "It would have been a great feeling to score there, but it's almost worse hitting the posts than them making saves.
"A lot of posts and bars right now. I don't think it's bad luck or anything, it's just the way it is right now. We've got to keep shooting, create chances. We've got to score more than one to win."
Calgary Flames projected lineup
Dillon Dube – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Jonathan Huberdeau – Nazem Kadri – Milan Lucic
Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Adam Ruzicka – Trevor Lewis – Brett Ritchie
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Michael Stone
Seattle Kraken projected lineup
Schwartz – Wennberg – Burakovsky
McCann – Beniers – Eberle
Donato – Gourde – Bjorkstrand
Tanev – Geekie – Sprong
Larsson – Dunn
Oleksiak – Schultz
Soucy – Borgen