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RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

DENVER -- The Calgary Flames already have a triple-header with the Colorado Avalanche on the schedule.

Needing to put another meeting on the docket after the postponement of last night's encounter in the Mile High City, Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr came up with a solution.

"Why not make it a quadruple? Put 16 points up for grabs," Regehr said, referring to the intra-divisional matches being referred to as 'four-point games.'

Because of a blizzard that put Colorado in a state of emergency -- Denver's airport shut down Wednesday and isn't expected to open until this afternoon -- the Flames had a game postponed for the first time since the franchise moved to Calgary.

No make-up date had been set as of last night.

The Flames are slated to play the Avalanche at home Feb. 15 and 17 and are to meet again in Denver Feb. 20.

What may throw a wrench in Regehr's idea is a Colorado game scheduled in Vancouver Feb. 18.

The Flames will fly to San Jose today -- providing the airport opens -- to prepare for tomorrow night's game against the Sharks, which will end the Flames' abbreviated five-game road swing.

After a short Christmas break, they will return to action Boxing Day at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

Having a game postponed is an inconvenience but something most of the players have dealt with before in their careers.

Nobody was about to fret.

"What are you gonna do about it?" Regehr shrugged.

The Flames had come close to seeing their games halted before.

One night in New Jersey, a storm kept most of the fans away but they dropped the puck.

Another night, the team barely made it to Detroit in time -- but the club managed to avoid cancelling a game.

This storm dumped more than 60 cm of snow on Denver in less than two days and more than 90 cm in the mountains.

Because nearly all downtown Denver businesses were closed, the players and coaches spent most of the last two days in their hotel, breaking out for an afternoon practice yesterday.

The team's chartered plane was in Phoenix and isn't expected to return to Denver until today.

After awaking with expectations of facing the Avs, the players gathered around 10 a.m. and waited in the hotel lobby for the news that came before noon.

"When you prepare for a game, you get mentally ready in the morning to set the day up for a game. That's your only focus and the players' focus," said head coach Jim Playfair.

"When that changes, you go to the next plan and that's to go for a skate. Then you move to the next game.

"It gives us an extra day to get ready for one game."

And, likely, a couple of more players to insert back into the lineup.

Left winger Alex Tanguay, who missed last game due to a charley horse, and defenceman Rhett Warrener, out five games due to a leg injury, were expected to play last night and will benefit from the extra day of rest.

"I should be good to give it a go," said Warrener.


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