Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla has gone five games without a goal. Just the sight of the Nashville Predators usually helps him regain his scoring touch.
Iginla looks to help the Flames avoid their third straight loss on Thursday night when they face the Predators for the second time this season.
Although Iginla leads Calgary (7-5-1) with six goals and 14 points, five of those scores came in a three-game span last month. He has failed to register a goal in nine of his 13 games.
Another matchup with the Predators (6-5-1) could be coming at the perfect time. Iginla's best game of the season came in a 5-3 victory at Nashville on Oct. 23, when he scored two of Calgary's four third-period goals en route to his eighth career hat trick.
That increased Iginla's lifetime numbers to 21 goals and 19 assists in 33 games against Nashville.
"We want to come out blazing in every game, but if we're not doing that these are the types of games we can draw on," Iginla said after his team's late rally. "We can remember that it is possible to make a comeback."
The Flames have been cooled with consecutive losses following a six-game win streak that moved them into a first-place tie atop the Northwest Division.
Daymond Langkow and Dustin Boyd scored in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Phoenix while Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 18 shots.
"It doesn't matter who we're playing, when we're playing at home like this, we like to think we have an advantage, but we didn't play well for the first 40 minutes and when you get in a hole like that, it's hard to get out of it," said right wing David Moss, who had two assists.
Kiprusoff is the only goaltender in the league to have played in every minute of his team's games this season, and could be showing signs of fatigue. He has allowed seven goals in his past two starts after yielding five in his previous four contests.
Kiprusoff is 5-7-1 with one tie and a 2.91 goals-against average in 14 career games against Nashville.
While Iginla is the focal point of Calgary's offense, he needs help from forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Mike Cammalleri. Bertuzzi has slowed after a fast start with one goal in his last five games while Cammalleri has been kept off the scoresheet in past two contests following a five-game point streak.
Calgary will be the second stop on a six-game, 13-day, 6,400-mile road trip for Nashville, which dropped to 1-4-1 away from home with a 4-0 loss Tuesday to Vancouver.
Nashville's potent offense was shut out for the first time this season, failing to score at least three goals for the first time since a season-opening 5-2 loss at St. Louis on Oct. 10.
"There is a home-ice advantage, no question, everything from match ups to usually energy," said Predators coach Barry Trotz. "We've got to play a little grittier, harder game with a little more pace and pressure (on the road)."
Dan Ellis was back in net on Tuesday after a strained back forced him to watch backup Pekka Rinne the last two games. Ellis won his only career start in Calgary, stopping 29 shots in a 2-1 overtime win on March 7.
The Flames are 4-1-1 in their last six matchups with the Predators following an eight-game losing streak in the series.