Calgary (14-17-3) at Columbus (16-13-3)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Tue Dec 21, 2010
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The Calgary Flames are struggling on the road. The Columbus Blue Jackets are struggling everywhere.

The Flames try to capitalize on the sputtering Blue Jackets and end a four-game road losing streak when the teams meet Tuesday night.

Calgary (14-16-3) is 2-7-3 in its last 12 road games, including a five-game losing streak Nov. 12-22.

The Flames have currently dropped four in a row away from home after opening a three-game trip with a 4-1 loss at Minnesota on Monday to complete a home-and-home sweep. They conclude this trip at Pacific Division-leading Dallas on Thursday, but a visit to Columbus may be a better opportunity to end the slide.

Calgary won 6-2 at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 22, when Rene Bourque(notes) netted a hat trick and assisted on another goal.

The Flames also beat Columbus 3-2 in overtime at home Dec. 13, when Jarome Iginla’s(notes) second goal of the night was the game-winner.

Iginla has 22 goals and 24 assists in 38 games against the Blue Jackets. He has five assists in the last two meetings at Columbus.

The Blue Jackets (16-13-3) have dropped 10 of 12 overall - including the loss at Calgary last week - following a season-high five-game winning streak.

Columbus, 8-8-1 at home, saw its losing streak reach four with Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to the Stars. The outcome might have been different, but the Jackets had a potential go-ahead goal by Derek Dorsett(notes) disallowed with five minutes left in the second period after referees deemed Ethan Moreau(notes) interfered with the goaltender.

The call extended Dorsett’s goal drought to 24 games.

“It was obviously a goal after seeing the replay,” said Dorsett, who scored two goals in the season’s first six contests. “That is a key point in the game. (Moreau) and (captain Rick) Nash talked to the referee and they said Moreau touched or bumped into the goalie. You can clearly see on the replay that he didn’t.”

The team leader with 17 goals and 26 points, Nash is trying to shake a funk of his own. He has one assist in his last three games after getting four goals and three assists in the previous four.

The All-Star right wing has only has three goals in 13 career home matchups with the Flames, but has set up nine others. He did score off Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) last week.

Kiprusoff, who may get a fourth consecutive start, is 3-10-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average on the road. He stopped 19 of 22 shots Monday en route to his fourth straight loss away from home. That performance came two nights after he made only 13 saves in a 3-1 home loss to the Wild.

Kiprusoff made 22 stops against Columbus last week, but has lost three in a row at Nationwide Arena with a 3.39 GAA.

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