Flames Look to Rebound, Iginla Preaches Work Ethic

The Calgary Flames are 9-6-1  this season at the Pengrowth Saddledome, thats 19 points out of the 44 that they currently have. However, the Flames have been inconsistent as of late and are still only two points behind division leading Colorado Avalanche.

As for most hockey clubs who slump it becomes a game of breaks. Who gets the majority of them and who takes advantage of the ones given. Flames captain Jarome Iginla believes his team has been gripping the sticks too hard looking for the big goal instead of looking at the big picture.

“We’re just in a bit of a rut,” sighed Jarome Iginla. “We’ve got to stop pressing. Stop pushing. The last few games, we’ve had chances to win games in the third period and just haven’t found a way to put them away.”

Calgary are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, five of those 10 were one goal losses, so the Flames are just struggling to put teams away like they did at the start of the season.

The Flames have two big games this week, especially when looking at the standings.What’s also soothing for this slumping hockey club is both contests will be at home in the Saddledome.

First they’ll host the St. Louis Blues tonight at the Saddledome. The Blues have lacked an offensive presence almost all season and have been outscored 18-10 in the their last five games.

St. Louis is led by defensemen Brad Boyes and Erik Johnson. Boyes, has 21 points (8G, 13A) in 33 games so far this season, while Johnson has also tallied 21 points (4G, 17A).

The Blues have given up a ton of goals this season (95) and for Boyes and Johnson to be on the plus side is simply remarkable.  The only highlight for the Blues this season is their road record, which stands at 9-3-3.

This is the third time the Flames and Blues will meet this season. They’ve split the first two contests and will meet again for a final time on January 25, 2010.

On Sunday after all the Christmas festivities the Flames will host the fast approaching division foe Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have climbed within four points of Calgary in the rather clustered Northwest division.

The Canucks offense is led by, who do you think, a Sedin. Henrik has had an amazing first half of the season tallying 44 points (15G, 29A). He’s also been relatively hot lately with eight points in his last five games.

Roberto Luongo who started the season fairly disappointing has done a complete U-turn. He is 17-12-2 with a 2.37 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

“We’re work our way out of it,” Iginla added firmly.

Quotes and some stats: Calgary Flames

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