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Flames aim to make it home sweet 'Dome

Last Updated Mar 4, 2020 at 12:37 pm MST

Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan celebrates his goal with fans during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Calgary, Alberta. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A glance at the schedule shows the Calgary Flames will play 11 of their 15 remaining regular-season games in front of the C of Red.

Normally, that would be welcome news, but the home team has struggled this season, going 14-12-4.

The Flames open a five-game stretch at the Saddledome Wednesday night versus the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

“We can build off what we did on the road, and we’ve got to play that way on home ice,” forward Sean Monahan offered. “We need to try and take control of games early. When you’ve got your home crowd, and you’re doing it on home ice, it should be easier for you. But, the NHL is not an easy league. We’ve got to step up here and find ways to win.”

Momentum is trending in Calgary’s favour with the team coming off a successful 3-1-1 road trip, which was capped by a 3-0 shutout victory Sunday in Sunrise, Florida.

“We need to start establishing home-ice advantage,” Wednesday’s starter Cam Talbot said. “When we’re playing the right way as a five-man unit, we’re coming back, taking away odd-man rushes, we’re tracking back hard and making the reads easier on our D.”

The Flames enter action third in the Pacific Division with 75 points. The Vancouver Canucks are nipping at their heels just one point back and are welcoming division rival Arizona in the evening’s late game.

Puck drop between Calgary and Columbus is 6:30 p.m. on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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