The greatest month in Flames history is within a stick length of their grasp.
With two games remaining in November and 10 victories already in hand, the Flames have the opportunity to set a franchise record for most wins in a month.
Not surprisingly, the players see the end result as a product of focusing on the short term, according to defenceman Robyn Regehr.
"We looked at the month after October and said it would be extremely important for us to get back on track," Regehr said. "But the first thing we wanted to do was start with a good homestand in the first four games, with Minnesota, Columbus and Vancouver twice. Winning four was the most important part of the month and, after that, we continued to carry the momentum we'd gained, other than the game against Chicago (a 5-2 loss last Friday).
"It's not over yet. We still have some games left and, when you look at the standings, you can see it's still extremely tight. You have to keep moving up and keep winning games."
The Flames posted an 11-3-2 record in March 1991, the only Calgary squad to collect more than 10 victories in a month.
This year's edition can reach that standard tonight when they host the Edmonton Oilers (7 p.m., Sportsnet, FAN 960).
Calgary rounds out its November schedule Tuesday in Nashville.
Throughout this month, Calgary has won games in a variety of ways.
Wednesday's win over San Jose was a tight-checking, nearly penalty-free contest. During the spell, there's been a 1-0 shutout against Vancouver, a 5-3 run-and-gun clash with Colorado, a few third-period comebacks and even a shootout win over the Avalanche.
Winger Darren McCarty says that demonstrates the team's versatility.
"We're sticking to our game plan for 60 minutes because we believe we can get it done in any type of game," he said.
Tonight's clash is also a chance to continue on-going domination of their biggest rivals.
The Flames have won both of this season's instalments of the Battle of Alberta, which were also held at the Saddledome, and have a 7-0-1-1 record in the last nine meetings.
Since Darryl Sutter took the head coaching reins in December 2002, Calgary has posted a 9-1-1-1 record against its northern rivals.
"When Darryl came here, one of the first days he mentioned that Edmonton had been in the playoffs and we hadn't, so we had to change that situation, flip that," Regehr said. "We wanted to be in the playoffs and knock them out, and the way you do that is by winning games against them. We've done it so far but have to continue because they're right behind us again."