Sean Monahan and the Calgary Flames have to be happy to be back home.
Monahan has an eight-game point streak at home, where the Flames can match a single-season record with a 10th straight win Tuesday night when they meet the Winnipeg Jets.
Calgary (15-16-2) can match a 10-game run at home from Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 2006, as the franchise’s longest in one season. The Flames won their final nine home games in 1989-90 and first two the next season for the longest overall run.
Of Monahan’s 25 points, 16 have come at Scotiabank Saddledome, where he has 12 during an eight-game streak. The center scored twice with no assists on a 2-2-0 trip capped by Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Detroit.
The Flames were in position to fare better on that journey as they won the first two games as part of a seven-game win streak to start the month. That run ended with Saturday’s 3-2 loss to St. Louis despite a 38-22 advantage in shots before Calgary came up short again the next night.
“We have very high expectations of our hockey club,” coach Bob Hartley said. “We were not shy of expectations and trying to get the best and be a playoff team. There is a lot of hockey to be played and we’re going back home with a .500 record but it could have been better.”
One positive Sunday was Dennis Wideman’s power-play goal. The Flames are 3 for 54 with the man advantage in the last 16 games and last overall at 11.0 percent.
“We were moving it well I thought, 5-on-4, making a lot of little good plays and a big goal there by Wides,” defenseman Mark Giordano said.
Calgary is the only team worse on the power play than Winnipeg, which is at 14.0 percent. The Jets (15-16-2) were 0 for 5 in Monday’s 3-1 loss at Edmonton, falling to 0 for 15 in their last four games.
Coach Paul Maurice made some changes to the unit Monday to no avail in a game in which his club posted a season high in shots and finished with a 45-21 advantage.
“It was a change in structure of the power play to try to get a little something, get a different look,” Maurice said. “You put up 12 shots on the power play, you’re getting enough pucks to the net.”
Connor Hellebuyck was pulled in the second period after yielding three goals on 14 shots. Michael Hutchinson entered and stopped all seven shots.
Hutchinson will likely start Tuesday. He is 0-6-1 with a 4.14 goals-against average in his last seven road starts.
The Jets are 1-9-1 in their last 11 road games with four straight losses.
Likely Flames starter Karri Ramo has posted a 2.10 GAA in winning his last seven home starts. He is 0-2-0 with a 3.05 GAA in two career starts against the Jets with Calgary.