Flames have quietly dealt out some 'Dome-ination

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

For all the consternation regarding the Calgary Flames home record, here are some stats to digest.

Heading into tonight's final regular-season tilt at the Saddledome, the Flames are riding a four-game home winning streak.

They've cobbled together a 7-0-2 mark in their last nine and a 15-3-7 record since the start of December.

"We do have a good home record," proudly stated head coach Mike Keenan. "If you look at the losses (in regulation), I think there are only two teams in the conference with fewer, Detroit and Anaheim, and if you look at the points, I think we're in the top five.

"We made a recovery from the beginning of the season, when we weren't getting the results."

As of yesterday, the Flames had the third fewest regulation-time losses at home (10) and were fourth in the West with 51 points, thanks to their 21-10-9 mark at the 'Dome.

Certainly, it's nothing to be disappointed with, but part of the problem stems from comparing this year's record to the last couple of seasons -- back-to-back 30-win years at the 'Dome.

"Last year, we had an unbelievable record all year," said defenceman and alternate captain Robyn Regehr.

"It's something fans are used to seeing and something we're used to as a team.

"We realize when you're playing at home, you have that slight advantage, whether it's the last change or the home crowd or whatever you want to choose.

"It means you should win that game.

"All the good teams in the NHL have pretty good home records, and it's a big part of a team being successful."

Added Keenan: "The perception was skewed a bit. You drop from one to three or four or five, it becomes a little skewed, and the road record has dramatically improved."

That said, all's not perfect with the Flames at home.

Their powerplay, although improved of late, is 27th best in the NHL with a disappointing 14.8% rate.

More importantly, they've lost seven games that were decided in overtime and two in shootouts, but only recorded one victory in a game that went to extra time.

It adds up to a lot of lost points.

"Especially to the divisional rivals," Regehr said. "Colorado, I think we've lost a few points to them, and that comes back to hurt at the end of the year."


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