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The Calgary Flames had grown very comfortable playing on the road recently. Now, they'll try to bring that success back home.
After sweeping a six-game road trip, the Flames on Friday night will host the Dallas Stars, who will try to bounce back after having their four-game win streak end.
Calgary (17-13-5) hasn't lost in regulation in December, going 7-0-2. But the Flames have lost four of their last five at the Pengrowth Saddledome, most recently a 3-2 shootout defeat on Dec. 6 to Pittsburgh.
That was before embarking on their longest road trip this season, resulting in their most successful swing since the 2003-04 season. The Flames last won seven in a row overall in November 2005, when they won eight straight.
"It feels awesome," said forward Jarome Iginla, who's spent his entire 11-season career with the Flames. "It's one of the most enjoyable little stretches I've been on since being here."
Iginla scored his 24th goal in a 3-1 win over Columbus on Tuesday, his fifth straight game in which he's found the back of the net. Iginla is tied with Washington's Alexander Ovechkin for third in the league in goals.
Coach Mike Keenan shuffled the Flames' lines at the beginning of December, and since then, Iginla, Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius have combined for 22 goals and 20 assists in nine games. Huselius has five goals and eight assists in his last four contests.
"You try and experiment with different people and sometimes the experiment is magical and sometimes it is not," Keenan told the Flames' official Web site.
Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff also played all six games in goal on the trip, recording a 2.63 goals-against average. Despite a 2.48 GAA when facing Dallas, he's just 4-7-1 in his career against the Stars (19-12-4) - his worst record against any Western Conference opponent.
Dallas had won four in a row to move into first place in the Pacific Division before a 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Thursday. The Stars fell behind 2-0 early in the third period and couldn't complete the comeback.
"When you get down you've got to press a little bit and we felt like we had scoring chances all game long and missed some golden opportunities," goalie Marty Turco said.
Turco had won his last seven decisions, but made 27 saves en route to his first loss since Nov. 28. He's 11-5-1 with two ties and a 1.83 GAA in his career against the Flames.
Calgary won 3-2 in overtime in Dallas on Oct. 12, as Matthew Lombardi scored to tie the game in the third period then won it. Lombardi has three goals in his last two games against the Stars.
Dallas, which is concluding a four-game road trip, has dropped three straight in Calgary.