For a Calgary Flames team trying to end a three-game losing streak, some extra rest likely won't hurt. Neither will facing a slumping St. Louis Blues team they usually beat.
The Flames look to defeat the Blues for the fifth straight time when the teams meet for the second time this month Tuesday in St. Louis.
The Flames (16-11-3) haven't played since suffering a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday. With the defeat, they fell to 0-1-2 in their last three games, during which they've given up 11 goals.
Calgary failed to score a potential game-winner in the third period despite 17 shots on net and a pair of power plays.
"We had our chances in overtime and in the third and we just didn't capitalize in the shootout and that was the difference," said Rene Bourque, who scored both of Calgary's goals.
After Friday's frustrating defeat - which followed an overtime loss to Detroit two nights earlier - the Flames look to play defense at a higher level, as they did earlier in the season. Calgary limited opponents to an average of 2.0 goals during a 5-1-0 stretch from Nov. 25-Dec. 7.
Miikka Kiprusoff will look to help them get back on track on Tuesday. He's won his last 10 starts against the Blues (12-14-3), while posting a 2.08 goals-against average. Calgary has defeated St. Louis four straight times and in 11 of the last 12 meetings between the clubs, including a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 5, also in St. Louis, as Michael Cammalleri beat Mason with the game-winner.
St. Louis, meanwhile, returns home after going winless on a three-game road trip which concluded with a 5-4 loss at San Jose on Saturday.
Brad Winchester tallied his first two goals of the season and B.J. Crombeen and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who let a two-goal second-period lead slip away.
Coach Andy Murray was most frustrated by the team's power play, which was 1-for-6 on Saturday and 2-for-15 on the road trip. Most glaring, the Blues failed to scored on a 2-minute, two-man advantage in the third period against the Sharks.
"We need to score on that," Murray said. "We need to move the puck quicker and score when we get the chance."
This will be the eighth game in 14 days for the Blues, who are 2-4-1 during that stretch while allowing four or more goals five times. Mason will likely make his third straight start, as Manny Legace is suffering from a concussion and expected to miss a few more games. Mason is 2-2-2 with a 3.32 GAA in his career against the Flames.