Given their history against the Blues at home, the Flames appear to have a good chance to continue their stellar play in Tuesday’s game at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Calgary (25-12-4) is looking for its third straight victory and 10th in the last 12 games. The Flames are also seeking their sixth straight home win over St. Louis (16-22-5), and are 14-1-1 overall in their last 16 matchups with the Blues.
Calgary has surged into the Northwest Division lead with its current 9-1-1 stretch. The only two losses in that span have come to Chicago - an overtime loss at home Dec. 19 and a 5-2 road defeat Jan. 4, which stands as the Flames’ only regulation loss in their last 13 games. Their last loss at the Saddledome in regulation was a 3-1 defeat to Dallas on Dec. 2.
A 6-3 win Dec. 16 in St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak for Calgary and seemed to ignite a lagging offense. Starting with that win, the Flames have averaged 4.0 goals per contest, after averaging 2.9 during the season’s first 30 games.
“We obviously struggled a little bit at the start of the year but we changed some things and everyone has bought in and we’ve gotten better as the season’s progressed,” center Daymond Langkow said.
No Calgary player is hotter right now than Langkow, with a four-game goal-scoring streak and a point in seven straight games. He had a season-high three points - one goal, two assists - in Thursday’s 5-2 home victory over the New York Islanders.
“Langks has obviously been on a tear and it’s not lucky, it’s not fortunate, he’s a good hockey player,” said Michael Cammalleri, who added a goal and an assist in Thursday’s win. “He’s making a lot of very good plays right now and that’s why the puck’s going in for him.”
While Langkow has 12 goals and 23 points in 32 career games against St. Louis, Flames leading scorer Jarome Iginla has proved a bigger pain for the Blues.
Iginla, who has 18 goals and 47 points this season, has 13 points in the last four meetings with St. Louis, including two goals and two assists in the Dec. 16 win. He also scored a third-period goal and assisted on Cammalleri’s game-winner in a 4-3 overtime victory Dec. 5 in St. Louis
The Blues’ previous loss to Calgary was only part of their current miserable stretch of 11 losses in 15 games. St. Louis seemed to be snapping out of its funk last week when it totaled 11 goals in consecutive wins over Columbus and at Vancouver, but that momentum ended Sunday with a 2-1 loss at Edmonton.
“That definitely wasn’t a good effort,” said forward Jay McClement, who assisted on Yan Stastny’s second-period score. “It’s disappointing after we made strides and we played well two nights ago (a 6-4 win over the Canucks). I think it’s unacceptable.”