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The Calgary Flames are going to have to start playing better on the road at some point. For now, though, they would settle for matching the franchise record for consecutive home wins.

Calgary looks to win its ninth in a row at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Saturday when it faces the Northwest Division rival Vancouver Canucks for the second time this season.

Among all NHL teams with winning records, Calgary (13-10-3) has the worst road record at 3-7-3, but that has been offset by a sparkling 10-3-0 mark at home.

The Flames have outscored opponents 27-6 during their current eight-game home streak, one shy of the franchise record, accomplished for the fourth time from Feb. 21-March 14, 1991.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has been superb at home during the run, posting three shutouts and an 0.75 goals-against average. He is 10-3-0 with a 1.39 GAA in 13 home starts this season.

Kiprusoff has also been helped by his penalty killers, who have allowed only four goals in 39 short-handed situations in the streak.

Calgary had its three-game overall win streak snapped with a 3-2 shootout loss at Minnesota on Thursday. Captain Jarome Iginla and defenseman Rhett Warrener scored for the Flames, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit but dropped to 0-3-1 in their last four road games.

Iginla's goal was his fourth in as many games, the 300th of his career and his 600th point.

"It feels good. It's something you don't really think about along the way, but it was cool to get for sure," said the 10-year veteran.

Iginla's linemate Daymond Langkow has also been a consistent producer lately, with two goals and eight assists during a seven-game points streak.

Vancouver (14-14-1) squandered a three-goal lead in the third period, but Daniel Sedin scored his team's fourth power-play goal in overtime, lifting the Canucks to a 4-3 victory Friday over Carolina.

"When you're up 3-0 you should hold onto the lead, but that happens and we can't think too much about it," Sedin said. "We got two points and that was the most important thing."

Brendan Morrison set up three scores and defenseman Yannick Tremblay had a goal and two assists in his first game with Vancouver, which went 3-2 on a five-game homestand.

Tremblay's goal was his first in the NHL since Nov. 11, 2003. He spent the last two seasons in Europe after playing 378 NHL games over eight years.

"I was happy things went well," Tremblay said. "I felt comfortable on the ice and I tried to keep the game simple and that helped out quite a bit."

Three goals represented a big offensive night for the Canucks, who had been held to two goals or fewer in 14 of their previous 16 games.

The three-point performance could be the spark Morrison needs to get going. The team's top center the past few years, Morrison had only one point in his last six games before Friday.

Iginla had a goal and an assist in the Flames' 3-2 victory at Vancouver on Nov. 11. The Canucks had won the previous four matchups, including two in Calgary.

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