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Flames' latest slide, Coyotes' bid, Oil's stock up

Updated: December 14, 2009, 4:05 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

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Every time you want to anoint the Calgary Flames a contender, they hit the skids for a week or so. The Flames have lost three of four and four of six and fallen into second place in the Northwest Division behind the never-say-die Colorado Avalanche.

Calgary has just 10 goals in that six-game stretch, and despite the many positives (top-notch goaltending and as good a blue line as there is in the game), there just seems to be something missing.

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