For three weeks, the Calgary Flames couldn’t win at home. Now, they can’t lose.
The Flames look to complete a perfect homestand by extending their season-high winning streak to five Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.
Calgary (20-27-7) was outscored 22-4 during a club-record seven-game home skid Dec. 27-Jan. 16, but the Flames have since totaled 17 goals while going 4-0-0 in a five-game stretch at home. Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist, defenseman Mark Giordano extended his point streak to a career-high eight games and Karri Ramo made 27 saves in Thursday’s 4-1 win over San Jose.
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"Sometimes it goes this way," Ramo said. ”The main thing is we kept working and nobody gave up when things were bad. Everybody learned from those and we started to do the right things.”
Though the Flames have the third-fewest points in the NHL, they’re in the midst of their longest overall winning streak since a five-game run March 6-15, 2012. It’s also their longest home run since winning eight in a row Feb. 23-March 27.
"Obviously, it’s a different feeling in the room right now,” said rookie center Sean Monahan, who has two goals with an assist on the homestand. ”We have confidence as a group, we’re sticking together, working hard and we’re having fun doing it."
Giordano has four goals and four assists in the last eight contests, while Mikael Backlund has three of each in the past three.
"As a coaching staff, we cannot be more happy than we are right now," coach Bob Hartley said. "(The players) deserve the credit."
Hartley’s club could get a boost if forward Michael Cammalleri returns Saturday after missing nine games with a concussion. Cammalleri is third on the team with 13 goals, though his goal Jan. 6 was his only point in his last eight contests.
After posting impressive back-to-back victories over Chicago and the Sharks, Calgary hopes to end its recent struggles against another playoff contender Saturday.
The Flames fell to Minnesota (29-21-6) for the fifth time in seven meetings with a 5-1 loss Nov. 5. Calgary earned at least a point in eight straight matchups before its last two losses over a three-game stretch in the series came in regulation.
The Wild are 1-1-1 on a four-game trip after a 5-4 loss to Colorado on Thursday. Zach Parise had two goals and two assists and Jason Pominville added one of each for Minnesota, which scored three times in the third period but was unable to overcome a 4-1 deficit.
"We got away from doing what we do best and when we got back to doing that (in the third period) they couldn’t handle the way we were playing," said Pominville, who has three goals and three assists in four games. "We’ve got to get back to that and being more consistent doing that night in and night out."
Despite the defeat, Minnesota went 9-4-1 in January after losing nine of 14 in December.
Parise has three goals and four assists in the last two games after recording one point over his previous eight. With two goals and an assist against the Flames in November, he has four goals and two assists in his last four against Calgary.
Hudler has scored in three straight games against the Wild.