The Flames traveled the most miles in the NHL this year, I forget where I read it but Google it if you actually don't believe me. I thought this would have more of an impact on their away record than their home one but the opposite is actually true. The Flames are barely over .500 at home this year (17-16-3), while they are are a dominating force on the road (17-10-6). Historically, the opposite is true as well. In 08-09 the Flames finished 19-20-2 on the road while winning 27 home games, and it was even worse in 06-07 for anyone who can remember back that far. That year the Flames won a measly 13 games on the road while winning 30 at home.
Honestly I don't know how to account for this, it might just be an anomaly. Brent Sutter coached the Devils before this. The Devils are not exactly a team that has to move around a lot, even when they are on the road.
Most of the NHL teams in the Eastern Conference, as you can see, are situated off the Atlantic Coast. This could not account for Sutter being used to long road trips and knowing how to prepare a team for them.
Either way, that's the way she goes and the Flames have the majority of their games on the road at this point. It's a weird thing to be happy about, but when you sit three points out of a playoff spot with no first-round draft pick, you try to find hope wherever you can. Flames in Colorado tonight; the only thing they can hope for is that Colorado got tired flying out to St. Louis to have to play a game in Denver tonight.
If you're like me and not going out for St. Patrick's Day because you have a nutrition midterm tonight at 7:00pm (sweet), just do what I'm doing and throw on some Always Sunny. At least they run an Irish pub in the show.