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The St. Louis Blues turned around their season once coach Ken Hitchcock took over in early November, and they're now in the hunt for their first Central Division title in 12 years.

The Calgary Flames simply are hoping to get back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

St. Louis can pull into a tie for the division lead with a win Monday night as it continues a six-game road trip at Calgary, which has lost three straight.

The Blues were 6-7-0 when Davis Payne was fired in favor of Hitchcock on Nov. 6, and the change in philosophies seemed to rejuvenate the team.

St. Louis (38-17-7) hasn't won a division title since 1999-2000, though it can tie Detroit with 19 games to play by beating the Flames.

The Blues have won eight of 11 after beating Winnipeg 3-2 in a shootout Saturday - their third game in four days.

"This is a very difficult travel situation, so I'm very happy with it,'' Hitchcock said. "(The Jets) are sitting here waiting for us, and we still come in and collect points. It's two points ... any points you get on the road are really gratifying. You put them in the bank and move forward."

Jaroslav Halak made 39 saves and improved to 3-1-0 with a 1.45 goals-against average over his last four starts.

The Blues allowed a season-high 41 shots while putting a season-low 16 of their own on net, but Halak's play and goals from David Backes and David Perron - along with Perron's shootout winner - were enough.

"We stole one,'' said T.J. Oshie, who had two assists. "If it wasn't for Jaro, it could have been 6-2. We took advantage of a very hot goalie and we were able to steal one.''

Calgary, meanwhile, has let its last three games slip away.

The Flames (28-23-11) are 11th in the conference after blowing a 3-0, second-period lead in a 5-4 shootout loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Calgary, which has been outshot in its last 10 games, scored first in a 6-1 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday and netted the first two goals in a 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix on Thursday.

"It's no secret, we're having a tough time right now playing with the lead,'' captain Jarome Iginla said. "The good part is we're getting it and we're having real solid first periods. But it slowly slips away from us.''

Alex Tanguay, who scored on a penalty shot and added an assist Saturday, knows the Flames need to figure out how to hold leads if they're to qualify for the postseason.

"We keep finding ways to shoot ourselves in the foot,'' Tanguay said. "We (were) lucky to get a point.''

The Blues have won two of three meetings this season, though Calgary won 3-1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Oct. 28.

The Flames have outscored St. Louis 8-2 in winning the last three contests in Calgary, with Miikka Kiprusoff boasting a 0.67 GAA while winning each of them. He's 9-2-1 with a 1.49 GAA in 12 home starts versus the Blues since arriving in Calgary, making 28 saves to beat Brian Elliott in October.

Elliott made 24 stops in a 2-0 win over the Flames on Nov. 25. It's unclear whether he or Halak will start Monday.

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