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Still winless in Vegas, Flames look to turn hapless fortunes around

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LAS VEGAS – Most people who claim to have won in Vegas are liars.

The Calgary Flames are not liars.

They’ll make no such declarations, having gone 0-for-ever in Sin City. They’ve rolled the dice four times, coming up snake eyes every time over the last two seasons.

Clearly the odds are stacked against anyone leaving town triumphantly, but Travis Hamonic believes the reasons for the Flames’ hard luck revolve around what visitors have to deal with at the rink as opposed to the strip.

“Obviously they are a good team and the atmosphere is as tough to play in as anywhere in the league,” said the Flames defenceman. “It’s loud. You feel them coming. You talk about the first 10 minutes in different rinks – it’s as hard a first 10 minutes as you’re going to have. It’s up there with Nashville and Winnipeg in terms of being loud. Like Winnipeg, the rink is old-school where everybody is on top of you.”

Hamonic believes the key to turning the Flames’ fortunes around Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights, one of their chief divisional rivals, is trying to embrace the atmosphere and harness the........

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