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Flames were comeback kids in 2008-09

by John Kreiser /


Category Rank (Conference)
2008-09 Points 98
(5TH WEst/10TH NHL)
Change from 2007-08 +4
Home Points 58
(3RD WEst/5TH NHL)
Away Points 40
(8TH WEst/16TH NHL)
Advantage Margin            +9
The Flames had only four more power plays at home than on the road (181-177). Advantages for the opposition was another story: Calgary allowed just 146 power-play opportunities to visitors to the Pengrowth Saddledome, but surrendered 203 on the road.

Even-Strength Goals Margin       +11
The Flames got a big boost from a number of their second and third-line scorers -- especially Rene Bourque, who scored 21 goals in just 58 games without connecting once on the power play.
Special Teams Goal Margin       -6
The Flames' penalty-killers were good. But not only was the power play in the bottom third of the NHL at 17.0 percent, it also led the NHL with 15 shorthanded goals allowed, including 10 at home.    

Goals by defensemen           28

Though Adrian Aucoin and his 10 goals from the blue line went to Phoenix, the Flames should get a boost from the arrival of Jay Bouwmeester, who had 15 for Florida last season.

Overtime Record        
Total: 6-4-2 (OT: 3-4, SO: 3-2)

No team played in fewer shootouts than the Flames, who also allowed the fewest goals against (3 in just 14 attempts). Calgary was 5-2 in road games decided after regulation, but just 1-4 at home.
Times Scored First           
37 (Record: 26-6-5)

The Flames were among the NHL's best at turning first goals into points. Their problem was scoring first -- of the 16 playoff teams, only one scored first fewer times than Calgary.

Best 08-09 Number             14-0-3
Calgary's record in games that were tied after two periods. The Flames were the only team in the League that got at least one point in every game that was tied after 40 minutes and were third with 14 wins.

Worst 08-09 Number          1-6-0
The Flames' record on Sunday, the worst of any team that played four or more games. The inability to win on Sundays cost the Flames a chance to get home ice in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Flames play their first five games in Alberta, including two in five days at Edmonton, and finish the month with five home games. They follow that with 13 of 17 on the road, including a season-high six-game swing through the Midwest and West Coast.

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