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NHL - US Sports: Flames have foundations to bounce back

Veteran forward Milan Lucic says the Calgary Flames have faith in their identity as they look to get back to winning ways.

The Flames, 9/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have stuttered recently following a scintillating start to the NHL season, going 4-4-2 in their last ten games, which most recently included a 6-4 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Still in front

Overall the Flames are 40-19-9 over 68 games and despite losses in their past three (0-2-1), they have kept hold of the Pacific Division lead. Calgary are three points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings with three games in hand.

The 33-year-old Lucic is in his third season with the Flames and has contributed 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) this season.

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The rugged winger has tallied 564 points (226 goals, 338 assists) over 1,082 NHL regular season games with the Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Kings and Boston Bruins.

With the Bruins, he won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Identity can prevail

The Flames next head out for a four-game road trip that starts against their Divisional rivals, the Kings, on Monday, a stretch Lucic says will benefit the team as they are able to "get away" and re-group.

Lucic said to the media: "There are ups and downs in the season, and one of the things we've done really well this year is we've established an identity.

"We have an identity of what gives us success, and now we have a foundation to fall back on in order to get our game right and get our game where we need it to be in order to have success."

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