Hot Flames hit the road

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

Mark Messier elevated his New York City mystique to sky-high levels by guaranteeing one win.

Think anybody in the Calgary Flames dressing room would want to take the pledge game to a whole new level?

As they were readying to embark on a three-game road trip, a few of the Flames were asked if they'd brazenly guarantee the club will sweep the opposition and put all those nagging questions behind for good.

As hopeful as they are, no takers were found.

"I love to say it because six points would be nice," said centre Craig Conroy. "But we need to win one game first."

It'd be a big step for the club that boasts only seven road victories all season, the fewest in the league, and a 7-15-8 mark.

In fact, it's been six weeks since they last won on the road, a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Jan. 20, the same location and opposition tonight.

At least they have one reason to be optimistic. But there are other reasons, including a "we're due" mindset.

They have too much talent to set a franchise record for fewest road victories.

Then, pointed out head coach Jim Playfair, is the momentum gained from the last outing, a 2-1 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild which was played with a playoff style.

"I'm not about looking at our last game very long but we did some things better you have to do to win in March," Playfair explained. "We were more responsible in certain areas, our forwards held on to the puck in the offensive zone a lot more and that means not as many turnovers.

So, instead of focussing on getting that road record to .500, the Flames are more concerned about putting their game on track over the final 11 contests away from home.


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