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Flames look to address home struggles

Tuesday, 09.21.2010 / 3:00 AM / 2010-2011 Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Flames look to address home struggles
An inability to draw penalties and score goals down the stretch of games led the Flames to struggle on home ice last season and ultimately miss the playoffs.
An inability to draw penalties and score goals down the stretch of games led the Flames to struggle on home ice last season and ultimately miss the playoffs.

Advantage Margin: -37

One reason for the Flames' struggles at home was their inability to draw penalties. Calgary had a League-low 132 power plays at home, while surrendering 145.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -5
This number would have been worse without the eight shorthanded goals generated by Calgary's penalty-killers. The power play scored just 43 times, though at least it surrendered only two shorthanded goals.

Goals by defensemen: 36
Dion Phaneuf had 10 of those goals before he was dealt to Toronto at the end of January. Ian White, who came from the Leafs in that deal, had 4 goals in 27 games and a career-high 13 for the season.

Overtime Record
Total: 5-3-7
OT: 2-3 SO: 3-7
The Flames have never been an especially good shootout team, a trend that continued last season. Most of the problems came at the defensive end, where opponents scored on 17 of 31 attempts.
     
Times Scored First: 50 Record: 33-11-6    
The Flames scored first more than any team other than Chicago and Washington, but had only a middle-of-the-pack .660 winning percentage in those games. The bigger problem came when the opposition scored first; Calgary was just 7-21-4 in those games.

Best 09-10 Number: 10-2-2
Calgary's record in November, the best of any team in the League. Unfortunately for the Flames, the next time they were better than .500 in a month was March (9-6-0), and that was followed by a 1-3-1 mark in April.

Worst 09-10 Number: 55
Goals scored by the Flames in the third period, the fewest of any team in the Western Conference and the next-to-last total in the League.
     
Scheduling
Calgary has the chance for a fast start -- the Flames open in Edmonton, then play eight of their next 11 games at home. November is the opposite; they have a stretch of nine of 11 on the road. A five-game homestand in February includes the Heritage Classic against Montreal at McMahon Stadium on Feb. 20.
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