Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Oilers

Tuesday, 21.02.2012 / 12:09 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Oilers




LOOKING TO CONTINUE HOT STREAK AGAINST EDMONTON

The Flames have played extremely well against the Edmonton Oilers in recent years, winning the last nine games against them and recording victories in their last 10 home games verus the Oilers.

The last time Edmonton picked up two points in Calgary was Oct. 17, 2008.

Winger Alex Tanguay claimed his team hasn't even given any thought to their games against Edmonton.

"We're not really looking at what we've done in the past against these guys," he said. "We just have to make sure we come out ready to go.

"For us, we're in a position we like a lot better. We're tied for eighth, in a playoff spot, and certainly that's something we're very happy about but we'd rather in sixth or seventh than in eighth."

Given their success against the Oilers, one may question if the team is already looking ahead to their battle with Coyotes on Thursday night but defenceman Cory Sarich brushed off that concern.

"Not a chance. We know how badly they probably want to turn the tide and beat us. We want to just keep things rolling. When you're having success against a particular team, you want to make sure it continues so we'll be ready for tonight."

LONG HOME STRETCH

The Flames have been a solid home team throughout the season and they are fortunate to be playing a good chunk of the remainder of the season within the confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome.

"If you want to have success, you've got to be good at home," said head coach Brent Sutter. "You can't cannot be good at home.

"No one is dropping their guard in here. We know our situation - at the end of the day, whether you're home or road, you've got to get points. We have the good fortune of playing a lot of our next games at home and we have to take advantage of that."

Blueliner Chris Butler concurred with his bench boss.

"It's a nice feeling to be at home for stretches of time," he explained. "Home's been kind of our comfort zone this year. We've started to play a little bit better on the road and pile up some more points on the road but home has been really for us. We're going to need that to be good for us going forward."

MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Matt Stajan needs 3 goals for 100.

Scott Hannan needs 6 points for 200.

Tom Kostopoulos needs 6 assists for 100. Kostopoulos is also 8 games away from 600.