Revved up

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:33 PM ET


 Asked repeatedly how the Flames can put an end to their winless ways at the 'Dome, Darryl Sutter offered a possible solution.

 "We'll have a sleepover," the coach quipped.

 In all seriousness, it's not that bad of an idea.

 Don Cherry suggested on Hockey Night in Canada's Coach's Corner the Flames should stay in a hotel prior to tonight's Game 6 to shake things up and give the team the illusion of playing on the road where it has been dominant.

 And it would put less strain on Mrs. Sutter's dinner preparations.

 "I don't know how many rooms (Sutter) has but maybe it's a good idea," said winger Shean Donovan. "We'll get it going. It's more than just the distractions, it's discipline and coming in here and being a lot hungrier.

 "We've played pretty disciplined on the road. At home, we've played well in the first period but then we fall behind and start taking stupid penalties."

 D-man Andrew Ference wasn't convinced alternate sleeping arrangements are the key to the Flames' success.

 "It's just about guys preparing themselves for the best games of their lives tomorrow," Ference said. "It doesn't come down to putting on the left side of your equipment first or anything like that."

 Craig Conroy and Mike Commodore have played on teams that were sequestered at home during the post-season. The two couldn't come to a consensus on the ploy's effectiveness.

 "In St. Louis, we used to stay in the hotel quite a bit," Conroy said. "Sometimes, it works; sometimes, it doesn't. If you want to stay in a hotel, I think you probably could -- if you have new babies that deter you from sleeping or something.

 "But it's not about where we sleep, it's about how we come and play."

 Commodore was a member of New Jersey's black aces during the Devils' run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2001 and said staying in the hotel seemed to work.

 "In New Jersey, when the guys were at home, they stayed at a hotel," Commodore said. "I think it's a good idea, especially the way things are going. Maybe there are some distractions here.

 "On the road, your biggest concern is where you're going to eat supper and what time you're going to bed."

 Then again, Commodore might just be seeking some company. The big blueliner has been staying at a hotel since his mid-season call-up.

 The Flames may not have bunked at Sutter's place last night but they did go out for a team dinner at an upscale Kensington restaurant, a longtime practice on the road.

 Sutter refused to get into a debate over his squad's performance on the road, where they are 8-2, as opposed to at home, where it's just 3-5.

 Even when the media continued to press, Sutter changed gears, choosing instead to talk about what has gone right.

 "You want to ask 'What's wrong.' I tend to look at what's right. I'd prefer to be 11-0 right now but sorry we couldn't pull it off for you.

 "Home ice, to me, is no advantage. I think it used to be in the old days because some buildings were 185 feet and some were 200. Some teams' ice was great, some was (terrible). Now, it doesn't matter. They're all the same."


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