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Saturday, 11.04.2006 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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Calgary Flames vs. St. Louis Blues

The Calgary Flames have yet to play like the team that won the Northwest Division last season.

The Flames look to snap their longest losing streak in nearly four years when they visit the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center on Saturday.

Calgary went 46-25-11 last season and didn't have a losing streak longer than three games. The Flames already have surpassed that, losing their fourth straight 5-4 in a shootout to Columbus on Friday night.

Calgary (3-7-2) last lost four in a row from Jan. 9-14, 2003. Its last five-game skid came earlier in that season, a losing streak from Nov. 9-21, 2002 that reached seven games.

The Flames have lost seven of their last eight games this season to fall into last place in the Northwest, 12 points behind division-leading Minnesota.

They've also dropped the first two games of a three-game road trip that ends with this contest. Friday's defeat was especially painful as Calgary rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game, but eventually lost the shootout in 11 rounds - the second longest in the league this season.

"It's disappointing," said Calgary's Alex Tanguay, whose goal in regulation tied the score at 3. "We're not in a situation where we can give away points."

The only bright spot was the offense, which scored more than two goals for the first time during the skid.

"The last two periods were a step forward for this team," first-year Calgary coach Jim Playfair said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win the hockey game. I view it as our first period didn't start with emotion and our second and third did."

Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for the Flames, giving him five goals and three assists in his last six games. He has 13 goals and 36 points in 36 career games against the Blues (4-5-3).

Calgary has lost five straight away from home and is 1-4-2 on the road this season.

St. Louis hasn't been much better at home, but did snap a four-game losing streak there with a 4-1 win over Colorado on Thursday night.

The victory ended a three-game losing streak overall for the Blues, who are on a three-game homestand. They have four days off before hosting Columbus on Thursday.

Doug Weight matched his career-high with four assists while goalie Manny Legace made 44 saves in his best start for the Blues since coming over from Detroit as a free agent this offseason.

"It was probably his best game of the year," Blue coach Mike Kitchen said. "He controlled all his rebounds. That takes away any second chances."

Weight has 16 goals and 58 points in 57 career games against Calgary. All nine of his assists this season have come in the last five games.

"It's important for me to find guys and give them the puck," Weight said. "I'm not a goal scorer."

This is the first of four meetings between the Blues and Flames this season. Calgary won three of the four matchups last season and has won five of the last six overall.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 12 '07STL 4 at CGY 5 - SOA. Tanguay
Mar 06 '07CGY 4 at STL 2W. Primeau
Nov 14 '06STL 0 at CGY 3D. Langkow
Nov 04 '06CGY 3 at STL 2J. Iginla
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