CALGARY -- The St. Louis Blues hope to increase their winning streak to seven games when they visit the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
But the Blues, who last lost a game 4-3 in a shootout to the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Dec. 23, know not to take Calgary lightly.
"That was a wake-up call that if you let your foot off the gas, teams are going to take advantage of you," Blues captain David Backes said. "We learned a lesson that night. It taught us a full 60 minutes wins a hockey game.
"We've had pretty good efforts throughout that stretch of games where we haven't lost, but it's another 0-0 game at the start of this one against a team that works as hard as anyone, so we've got our work cut out for us."
A victory against the Flames would give the Blues their longest winning streak since a nine-game run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 5, 2002. The stretch has been necessary to keep pace in a tight Western Conference race.
"You have to [win] to keep up with those guys," Backes said. "It's a good push too, to try to mold your game and get better every day so that you're peaking at the right time and that's in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs.
"We've got a group of guys in here that's committed to that sort of mentality. Every day seems to be another lesson, and we've learned a lot of lessons in wins and a couple tough ones in losses. It seems like those lessons are sinking in, so we don't have to repeat those trials and tribulations."
The Flames, though, are hoping to cause the Blues some headaches in rectifying their slump. Calgary has two wins in its past 10 games and has scored five goals since the win against the Blues. The Flames have been shut out in four of their past six games, including a 6-0 drubbing from the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.
"We have good confidence in knowing we beat them not too long ago," Flames center Joe Colborne said. "I felt like Phoenix was just one of those games that whenever they got an opportunity, they capitalized on it. We definitely have a tough test [Thursday] and it would be huge for our confidence if we can come out with the two points."
Here are the projected lineups:
Mike Cammalleri - Mikael Backlund - Lee Stempniak
Paul Byron - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma - Matt Stajan - TJ Galiardi
Kevin Westgarth - Joe Colborne - Brian McGrattan
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Ladislav Smid - Dennis Wideman
Chris Butler - Shane O'Brien
Scratched: Derek Smith
Injured: David Jones (eye), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), Kris Russell (MCL sprain), Blair Jones (meniscal tear)
Jaden Schwartz - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Vladimir Tarasenko
Brenden Morrow - Derek Roy - Chris Stewart
Magnus Paajarvi - Maxim Lapierre - Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ian Cole - Jordan Leopold
Scratched: Adam Cracknell, Carlo Colaiacovo
Injured: Alexander Steen (concussion), Roman Polak (lower body)