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Flames turn up heat on home ice

The Flames used a strong first period to down the Detroit Red Wings in their last game on home ice....

The Flames used a strong first period to down the Detroit Red Wings in their last game on home ice. Photo by Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun.

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames are deservedly taking all kinds of heat for their sub-par season.

One thing that can't be knocked, though, is their current run on home ice.

The Flames have won five straight games at the Saddledome heading into Friday night's hosting of the Nashville Predators on Western Night (7 p.m., Sportsnet West).

“We always have a good feeling going in (games),” said centre Mikael Backlund after the morning skate. “A tough start, but it's nice we could turn it around.

“You don't want teams coming in thinking it's going to be easy, so it's good to have a good home record.”

The Flames opened the season with only two wins in their first nine home-ice clashes (2-5-2), which is a big reason for their position in the standings -- tied with the Colorado Avalanche for last in the Western Conference.


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