Flames hope home ice can help team get back on track

Ownership might not be very happy the Calgary Flames are returning to the Saddledome on Thursday for the first time in over a month.

But the players sure are.

For a team that has played a league-low 11 home games, their first hosting gig in over a month since Dec. 11 comes Thursday, at a time when the club is looking to build momentum any way it can.

Their hope is a little Dome cooking (a bad pun given no food or drink will be served to a crowd capped at 50 per cent capacity) will add a sense of normalcy that this season is once again lacking.

“I was just talking with Lindy (Elis Lindholm) after practice — it feels like we haven’t played in a year,” said Blake Coleman, whose club hasn’t played in five days and will get another four off after Thursday’s visit from Ottawa.

“It feels like another edition of training camp.

“It will be nice to be at home. It’s easier on the body, it’s more sleep, there’s a lot of intangibles that go into the benefits of being at home for long stretches. It certainly should work to our advantage.

“I expect we’ll rally around that and go on some good stretches here.”

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