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Stanley Cup Final

Flames among best with advantage at home

Tuesday, 09.20.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Flames among best with advantage at home
A view of the 2010-11 Calgary Flames by the numbers.
Advantage Margin: +36
The Flames were a rarity -- they had more power plays than their opponents at home (plus-30) and on the road (plus-6)

Special Teams Goal Margin: +7
The Flames tied San Jose for the most power-play goals at home with 41 and they were second in success rate at 25.6 percent; on the road, they scored just 21 power-play goals and were next-to-last at 13.3 percent.

Goals by defensemen: 33
The Flames got a boost from Anton Babchuk, who scored eight times after coming over from Carolina. Mark Giordano went from 11 goals in 2009-10 to 8 last season, but had a career-high 43 points.

CALGARY FLAMES
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 94(10th West/17th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +4
Home Points 51(7th West/11th NHL)
Road Points 43(11th West/18th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 11-5-7 OT: 2-5 SO: 9-7

The Flames had their best season ever in the shootout, winning nine times. They got a major boost from Alex Tanguay, who led all NHL scorers with 10 goals (in 16 tries) and tied for the lead with 4 game-deciding goals.

Times Scored First: 39
Record: 28-8-3

The Flames did a good job of getting the jump on the opposition at home -- they scored first 24 of 41 times at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Road games, though, were another story: Calgary got the opening goal just 15 times away from home

Best 2010-11 Number: 9-2-4
Calgary's record on Fridays, the most wins by the Flames on any day of the week. They also were 6-1-2 on Sundays -- but sandwiched those marks around a 5-6-2 performance on Saturdays.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 8
The number of road games in which the Flames led after two periods, the fewest in the League. The only good news: They were 7-0-1 in those games.
   
Scheduling
The Flames have a chance for a fast start -- they play seven of their first 10 games at home, including six in a row. They also finish with five of their last six at Scotiabank Saddledome. The hardest part of the schedule is a seven-game holiday trip through the East and Midwest while the World Juniors take over the Saddledome.
Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3