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Shootouts to take on a greater importance in condensed season

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The parity around the NHL will be very apparent in the condensed 2013 season and being able to pick up wins in a shootout may decide if some teams get into the playoffs.

The Calgary Flames did not fair well in shootouts last year but Alex Tanguay believes the team can turn those fortunes around this season with the talent they have up front. The likes of Sven Baertschi, Jiri Hudler, Jarome Iginla, Mike Cammalleri and Tanguay possess the skill required to be successful in shootouts and if they can improve on their 2011-12 totals, the Flames should be in good shape.

"I feel that we've got guys that should be able to take care of business," Tanguay said after practice on Thursday. "If you look at the first 48 games (last year), the difference between 4th and 12th might be four or five points. Those points are going to be crucial and certainly for us. It's going to be key.

"Once we get into those situations, we have to make sure that we do what's needed to done."

During the 2011-12 campaign, Calgary was ranked 29th overall in shootouts, winning three of the 12 games with former Flame Olli Jokinen leading the team with three goals on eight shots. Cammalleri, who suited up for 28 games with the Flames after being acquired from Montreal in January 2012, connected on two of his four attempts last season.

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