Flames ready to streak?

Flames forward Rene Bourque takes a shot on Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne at the Scotiabank...

Flames forward Rene Bourque takes a shot on Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Nov. 29, 2011. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

CALGARY - Only time will tell whether everybody gets on board or whether the Calgary Flames end up like Frank Ricard — Will Ferrell’s character in the movie Old School.

The Flames head into Thursday’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m. MT, Sportsnet Flames) having won two straight for just the second time this season.

The quest is to make three straight and scream out, “We’re going streaking!”

All too often this season, however, the Flames have hit the ice and been as exposed as good ol’ Frank ended up when nobody joined him in a naked jog through the quad and into the gymnasium.

If the Flames expected to be a playoff team, a three-game winning streak should happen before one-quarter of the season is in the books. And they know it.

“It is frustrating, but we are where we’re at,” left-winger Alex Tanguay said. “I wish we could play the first game of the season and see if we can get that done earlier, but that’s only in our dreams.

“In reality ... hopefully, we do get a three-game streak after (Thursday’s game) and then, hopefully, we get a four-game after Saturday in Edmonton.

“We are where we’re at and have to make the best of it. Nobody is looking down or not positive. We feel we have a team that can play against the best in the NHL.”

Against the Blue Jackets, the Flames have to prove they can end up victorious when they’re expected to win.

Even if Columbus has turned its game around somewhat from the early weeks, they’re still a squad at the bottom of the NHL standings and with just one road victory so far this season.

Moreover, it’s a team which beat the Flames less than two weeks ago, when Calgary delivered a horrible performance in a 4-1 loss in Ohio.

Certainly, that memory should provide some extra motivation for the Flames.

“I think if you need revenge for motivation, you’re in the wrong business,” Tanguay said. “You have to go out on a nightly basis and win.

“If they had beat us the last three games in a row, that might be there, but we played a bad game (in Columbus) so it’s more about making sure we give ourselves a chance to move up the standings.”

To their credit, the Flames have been more like the team we expected in the last week, actually since they fell to the Blue Jackets.

Even if they’re 2-2 over the past four games, the Flames were strong against the Detroit Red Wings but undone by ill-timed foolish penalties, then lost to the St. Louis Blues because they couldn’t simply score.

The deserved to win their last two games, and now need to build on it.

“This morning, we’re seven points out of the playoffs and have 59 games left,” Tanguay said after Wednesday’s skate at the Saddledome.

“We have to make sure over the course of the last 59 games, our record has to be with 35 wins, or maybe even higher. It took 97 points last year to get in the playoffs. We’re at 21 now.

“It’s going to take some wins, but I believe we’re capable of doing that.”

So long as the Flames don’t take a big step back like they did in Columbus.

“Our focus is to continue to play at our level and do what we need to do,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter.

“Yeah, we’re aware of what took place (in Columbus), but I like our game the last four games since.”


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