Series (Game 1 of 4)

Calgary leads 4-0

Game 1: Wednesday, January 26th
Game 2: Sunday, February 27th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 1st
Game 4: Friday, April 1st

Blues 1

(22-20-7, 51 pts)

Flames 4

(24-21-6, 54 pts)

10:00 PM ET, January 26, 2011

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
STL 0 0 11
CGY 1 2 14

M. Kiprusoff (Flames - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .966

D. Moss (Flames - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

M. Giordano (Flames - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Blues-Flames Preview


The Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues ended 2010 on a positive note, but the Flames have been playing much better in the new year.

Calgary will try for a season high-tying fourth straight win as it looks to snap a pair of three-game losing streaks to visiting St. Louis on Wednesday night.

Despite a four-game skid earlier this month, the Flames (23-21-6) have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven. Calgary defeated first-place teams in Dallas and Vancouver before beating Nashville 3-1 on Monday for its third straight victory.

That moved the surging Flames a point in front of St. Louis (22-19-7), and they're just a handful of points out of the final playoff spot.

"We've still got to jump a bunch of teams here so there's a long way to go, but the positive thing is we are playing better hockey, we're playing more complete games, and it's adding up to some wins," center Brendan Morrison said after scoring for the third straight game.

The Blues have not fared as well in 2011, losing three straight and nine of 11 since ending December with five consecutive wins.

St. Louis leading scorer David Backes pulled the club within one with 1:27 left Monday, but the Blues lost for the 12th time in 16 road games, 4-3 to Colorado.

"We got it to within one and we had a couple of chances at the end," coach Davis Payne said. "But chances don't get you points."

The Blues, though, have earned at least a point in the last five meetings with Calgary. They posted their third straight victory in the series with a 2-0 road win in the last meeting Jan. 25, 2010.

St. Louis has won three in a row at the Scotiabank Saddledome after dropping seven road matchups in a row.

Calgary has converted four of 14 power-play opportunities during its three-game win streak, a big improvement over its season average of 15.5 percent.

Morrison has recorded three goals during the run while Jarome Iginla, David Moss and Curtis Glencross each have two.

"Right now everybody wants (the puck), it's very contagious and hopefully we can keep on working the same way and keep on getting better," winger Alex Tanguay said after registering two assists Monday.

The Flames are also getting better play from Miikka Kiprusoff, who has turned away 64 of 68 shots in the last two games after yielding 10 goals in his previous two appearances.

One win shy of reaching 20 for the seventh straight season, Kiprusoff lost the last two times he faced St. Louis, but he's 14-4-2 with a 2.17 goals-against average in 20 career starts versus the Blues.

Jaroslav Halak, 0-2-1 with a 4.03 GAA during St. Louis' losing streak, has dropped his last three starts versus Calgary, all while with Montreal.

Backup Ty Conklin stopped 34 shots in the teams' last meeting, and he's 4-1-1 with a 2.76 GAA in six starts against the Flames.

Whoever is in goal for St. Louis could benefit from better special teams play. The Blues have killed off only 18 of 26 penalties over the last seven games, and they're 3 for 32 with the man advantage this month.