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Halfway there

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

CALGARY -- There are several ways to look at the Calgary Flames' recent results.

A glass-half-full type would say they have four wins in their past eight games but have at least collected loser points in three of those defeats.

A glass-half-empty type could argue they are leaving points on the table, especially coming off Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a contest the Flames had several chances to win.

Defenceman Robyn Regehr sees it a different way, which could be positive or negative depending on the argument.

"I think you have to look at it realistically," Regehr said. "We've plotted a minimum point total we want to get to. We have goals we need to meet.

"That being said, we have to look around. With Vancouver missing some guys -- some key guys -- we have to take advantage of those opportunities.

"You have to look at it realistically, where we're at or where we have come from. There are areas we need to get better at, and if we do that, we would win more games and have some room on teams."

The Flames take no solace in forcing one of the NHL's hottest teams to overtime in what was an exciting game Friday night at the Saddledome.

But one thing the 3-2 loss to the 'Hawks showed is how close the team is to being considered among the contenders but yet how much work they need to do in order to get there.

Regehr said there is more needed in several areas to turn these results in their favour.

"More is being better at not giving up odd-man rushes, capitalizing on our chances, getting good chances ... " Regehr said.

"Our special teams can be better, especially the power play. We did give up a powerplay goal, as well.

"Just that little bit extra in all those areas is the difference between a game that is tied 2-2 and goes into overtime compared with one we win 3-2 in regulation. We were good (Friday) but just not good enough."

The power play has been a point of contention the past few weeks with the Flames.

During the past eight games, the offence has scored just four times in 33 chances.

Included in that was Friday's 0-for-4 against the 'Hawks, who picked up a power-play tally themselves in what could be considered the difference.

"We can be better -- we have the personnel," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who collected his 800th career point Friday night.

"We were better. We've had good stretches this year on the power play when we got it into the top 10.

"Right now, we're in a bit of a rut. We have to simplify it, and that's part of it. We have to work to get it back, work to get in front of the net.

"Confidence is a big part -- not pressing.

"We have to keep working on it to get it going."

With the day off yesterday, the Flames made a small move, sending forward Jamie Lundmark back to AHL Quad City.

That could mean winger Curtis Glencross could return Tuesday from a leg injury that kept him out the past three games.


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