The Flames limp home from a disastrous road trip sporting a franchise worst nine-game losing streak away from the 'Dome, and the fifth place St. Louis Blues await them.
The Blues lay a 5-2 smackdown on the Flames back on February 15th in a game where Joey MacDonald and Leland Irving split the goaltending duties. Jaroslav Halak backstopped the Blues to a 3-0 shutout win over the Edmonton Oilers last night and by all indications, he'll be in net again tonight against the Flames. Halak may only have an .892 SV% in 12 games this season, but if Miikka Kiprusoff's SV% were the same, the Flames may have a few more wins to their name than they do now.
The Flames, however, have a much better record at home than they do on the road this season. Calgary has scored 52 goals at home compared to only 46 against, a +6 goal differential compared to their overall differential of -19. The only area the Flames are worse in at home than on the road is their penalty kill, which is dead last in the league on Saddledome ice at 73.3% compared to 82.6% on the road.
Chris Stewart leads the Blues in scoring with 15 goals and 29 points in 30 games, which is more than any other Flames player thus far, but after that, the rest of the team's totals aren't much to write home about. The Blues have scored 88 times compared to the Flames' 82, and Calgary has one game in hand.
The Blues are playing for the second time in 24-hours, so if the Flames can get a good first period under their belts at home, they might be able to improve their chances in this one.
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*Cervenka sits again despite playing over 17 minutes in the loss to Columbus. #FreeRoman
Go Flames Go.