Behind a struggling offense and inconsistent goaltending, the Calgary Flames have been slumping. The Edmonton Oilers can relate.
After becoming the last team in the league to pick up a win this month, the Flames look to carry some momentum into their meeting Friday with the stumbling Oilers in a Northwest Division matchup.
Calgary (7-8-3) snapped a five-game losing streak with Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Minnesota as Kristian Huselius scored the winning goal with 53 seconds to play.
The Flames scored just seven goals during their skid, and had not won since defeating Nashville 5-1 on Oct. 30. Calgary hasn't won back-to-back games since Oct. 18 and 20.
"Confidence and momentum are two things that you need on your side in this game and you have to make sure you work hard to get them and then once you have them, you have to keep them," said forward Alex Tanguay, who has five goals and seven assists in his last nine games.
Jarome Iginla, who scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season on Tuesday, has five goals and four assists during a seven-game point streak. He has a goal and three assists in two games against the Oilers this season.
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves on Tuesday, earning his second win in seven starts since signing a $35 million, six-year contract extension Oct. 29. Kiprusoff, who has started every game for the Flames, has posted a 3.77 goals-against average in losing his last three road starts.
Both meetings between these teams this season have been in Calgary, with Kiprusoff stopping 17 shots in the Flames' 4-1 win on Oct. 20 before making 31 saves in their 4-2 loss last Saturday. Kiprusoff is 5-2-0 with a 1.86 GAA and one shutout against Edmonton since Dec. 31.
The Oilers (7-11-1) opened a season-high six-game homestand with a 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
Edmonton has lost three straight at Rexall Place, and is just 4-13-1 there since Feb. 27.
Jarret Stoll had both goals Thursday for the Oilers, who outshot the Wild 40-25. Edmonton has been held to two goals or less in five of its last seven games.
"Two goals as a team is not enough with that many shots," Stoll said. "We have to find ways to score and bear down a little bit. We need the rebounds and screens and all those things."
The Oilers also are not getting solid play from goalie Dwayne Roloson.
The 38-year-old Roloson stopped 21 shots Thursday to not only lose his fifth straight game, but possibly his starting job. Roloson is 3-9-1 with a 3.21 GAA on the season, and is 5-20-2 since Feb. 25.
"He's not playing at the level he has played, that's obvious," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "We can't win right now with average goaltending. I don't think there are many teams that can."
Roloson is being outplayed by backup Mathieu Garon, who has won two straight and is 4-2-0 with a 2.42 GAA on the season. Garon stopped 29 shots in a 1-0 shootout win over Vancouver on Wednesday, and he made 37 saves in last Saturday's win over Calgary.
Garon has posted a 1.67 GAA in winning his last three starts over the Flames, and is 4-2-0 with a 2.50 GAA against them lifetime.
Roloson had 30 saves in the Oilers' October loss to Calgary, and is 1-5-0 with a 3.70 GAA against the Flames since Dec. 31.