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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

We've got a team filled with captains, that's what I think. With these first two games we got in, we're really dominating and moving the puck really fast, and it's worked out really good.

— U.S. goalie Brandon Halverson after a 6-0 win against Germany in the World Junior Championship on Sunday