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Away games silencing sniper

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Michael Cammalleri didn't have much fun when the Calgary Flames last hit the road.

One goal in seven games didn't cut it for the NHL sniper.

Re-discovering the touch that has made him one of the team's most dangerous scorers this season, Cammalleri has two goals and four points in the last two games.

"You're not going to get three points every night or you'd be (Wayne) Gretzky," Cammalleri said after posting just that Monday against the Detroit Red Wings. "I think I've enjoyed some chemistry lately with Daymond Langkow and with Jamie Lundmark and David Moss. It takes a few games, sometimes, to get used to each other.

"I'd attribute the success to them."

Unable to consistently find the back of the net while playing alongside stars Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla, head coach Mike Keenan moved Cammalleri off the team's top line.

It might have caught him slightly off guard at first, but he knows how Keenan mixes things up for spark.

"First of all, it's the coach's prerogative to put together the lineup he thinks is going to win hockey games. That's his job. I learned that a long time ago," Cammalleri said.

"For our team moving forward, it's a good thing. I think we need some depth. It's not that we can't ever go back together -- he's got that option whenever he needs it -- but it's nice to have the depth throughout the entire lineup."

With 10 games to play before the post-season begins, Cammalleri believes the development of more chemistry down the stretch will improve their chances in the playoffs.

"I think that's going to be our strength in the playoffs. We're going to be able to throw four lines at you that are going to be good, good lines," Cammalleri said.

"It's tough for other teams to match the way they want to."

Another key for the Flames would be for Cammalleri to find a way to enjoy the same success away from home as he does at the Saddledome.

Only 11 of his 36 goals and 27 of his 75 points have come on the road this season.

"I don't read too much into that," Cammalleri said. "Sometimes things just happen that way."


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