CALGARY, Canada — Corey Perry has won a Stanley Cup and understands the pivotal points of a season better than most.
Wednesday night at the Saddledome against the Calgary Flames is such a moment for the Ducks.
"This is the biggest road trip of the season for sure," Perry said. "We've talked about it. We know what our record is in the past 10-12 games. We know we're better. We have to get back to doing what we did before, and if we do, it's going to propel us through the rest of the season."
The Ducks (43-15-7) are winless in three straight games and are 4-5-2 since the high of their Dodger Stadium victory over the Kings on Jan. 25. They've been passed by St. Louis for the Western Conference points lead, and the San Jose Sharks started Tuesday with a chance to pull within two points of the Pacific Division leaders.
After Calgary (25-33-7), the Ducks play Friday at Colorado, which routed them 6-1 in the season opener, followed by a Saturday meeting with the Kings at Staples Center.
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau argued the recent slide hasn't created his successful team's most desperate hour.
"Why do you make things sound so end of the earth?" he asked. "Is this desperate? We've had one bad game [a 3-1 loss Monday to the Toronto Maple Leafs] that we'll get righted tomorrow. I don't use 'desperate' words. We've just got to find our game.
"Obviously, we want to be in first place, but the main focus is when we go to the playoffs, we want to be playing our best hockey."
Perry has been the Ducks' post-Olympic standout with five goals, but Boudreau has shuffled lines in an attempt to improve production elsewhere. He also has tweaked the second power-play unit.
The lines at practice Tuesday at the Saddledome were: Perry-Ryan Getzlaf-Patrick Maroon; Teemu Selanne-Saku Koivu-Daniel Winnik or Kyle Palmieri; Jakob Silfverberg-Nick Bonino-Andrew Cogliano, and Tim Jackman-Mathieu Perreault-Matt Beleskey.
Selanne, 43, and Koivu, 39, are back together.
"I can't promise there'll be goals right away, but we know our tendencies; the adjustment will be easier," Koivu said.
The pair were seen huddling outside the Ducks' dressing room following the loss Monday, after being aligned together during the game's final period-plus.
"Just talking about the situation, how as leaders, it's not time to start panicking now," Selanne said. "We want to make sure everyone's in the mood to know we can't start squeezing our sticks. There's room to improve, the right way. It's all about bouncing back now, and this is a good challenge for us. I like this."
Of Koivu, Selanne said, "We have a long history, have done some damage in the past, and if we play together I'm really excited."
The Ducks announced they've raised the average price of a 2014-15 season ticket 7%, noting that season tickets can be had for $16 a game, and include benefits such as "Ducks Dollars" for food and merchandise. A season-ticket package purchase gives buyers the opportunity to purchase playoff tickets for this postseason.
Sidelined defensemen Luca Sbisa (knee) and Stephane Robidas (leg), and Perreault (arm) each skated Tuesday. Boudreau said either Perreault or Sbisa is likely to play Wednesday.
Robidas, acquired last week from the Dallas Stars, said he expects to play Tuesday at home against the Washington Capitals. An X-ray last week showed healing around the rod and three screws that support his broken fibula and tibia, and Robidas said he's been pain free.
Robidas said he spoke to former Dallas teammates Tuesday about the Monday collapse of Stars player Rich Peverley during a game that was later postponed. Peverley underwent an irregular heartbeat procedure in September, and was on medication.
"They said his spirits were good, he was joking around this morning," Robidas said. "It's scary. They shocked him [with a defibrillator]. If the doctor wasn't there …"
DUCKS AT CALGARY
When: 7 PDT.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 830.
Etc.: Flames rookie Sean Monaham is third in the league among rookies with 19 goals. Ducks forward Tim Jackman played the last three-plus seasons with Calgary.
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