GAME: Calgary Flames (32-24-5-3) at St. Louis Blues (29-25-8-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.
Maybe the St. Louis Blues can break out of their slump in a matchup with the
It worked last month.
The Blues, still trying to get coach Mike Kitchen his first victory, take on
the Flames in a meeting of teams fighting for one of the Western Conference's
final playoff spots.
St. Louis is looking to break a five-game winless streak, which includes an
0-2-1 mark since Kitchen took over for the fired Joel Quenneville.
"Obviously it's frustrating," winger Jamal Mayers said. "We wanted to get
Kitch's first win. We played well the last three games, but to only come away
with one point is certainly disappointing."
The Blues have fallen into ninth place in the West - four points behind
Calgary and Los Angeles for the conference's last two postseason berths.
"We're both in the same spot right now, fighting for a playoff spot, and
it's going to be another big game for us," Calgary's Jordan Leopold said of
St. Louis was mired in an 0-7-1 skid heading into the last meeting between
these teams on Feb. 5, but won 2-1 for its sixth straight victory over Calgary.
It was the first of four wins in a six-game stretch for the Blues, but they
followed that with an 0-4-1 road trip, capped by Sunday's 1-0 loss at San Jose.
St. Louis, which lost 2-0 at Vancouver the previous day, managed just five
goals on the trip.
"We're having a hard time just getting a garbage goal," Kitchen said.
Most teams are having trouble scoring against Flames goaltender Miikka
Kiprusoff. He leads the NHL with a 1.53 goals-against average and .938 save
percentage, allowing more than two goals in only one of 21 starts since the
start of December.
Kiprusoff needed to make just 19 saves Sunday as Calgary broke out of its
scoring slump in a 4-2 victory over Phoenix. Leopold had a goal and an assist
as the Flames scored more than two goals for the first time in eight games.
Though Calgary has won only once in its last nine visits to St. Louis
(7-1-1), this may be the easiest stop on its four-game road trip. The next
three are at Detroit, Dallas and Colorado - all among the top five in the West
STANDINGS (through Feb. 29): Flames - 72 points, 3rd place, 10 PB, Northwest
Division. Blues - 68 points, 3rd place, 17 PB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 31 goals and 56 points; Craig Conroy,
27 assists; Krzysztof Oliwa, 190 PIM. Blues - Keith Tkachuk, 26 goals and 58
points; Doug Weight, 41 assists; Mike Danton, 141 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 29): Flames - Power play: 15.8 percent (45 for
285), 17th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.2 percent (223 for 265), 16th. Blues -
Power play: 17.1 percent (48 for 280), 9th. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (266
for 317), 19th.
GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (16-6-2, 2 SO, 1.53 GAA); Roman Turek
(4-9-0, 1, 2.73). Blues - Chris Osgood (22-21-6, 2, 2.32); Reinhard Divis
SEASON SERIES: Blues, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 5; Blues, 2-1. At Calgary, Alberta, Scott Mellanby scored
the winning goal with 4:15 to play for the Blues, who limited the Flames to 20
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 15-12-1-2 on the road; Blues - 18-8-5-0 at home.