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The Calgary Flames have flirted with .500 much of this season. Their play at home, however, has been much better than average.
Calgary tries to extend its home win streak to seven when it faces the punchless Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this season on Friday.
After losing road games to Los Angeles and Anaheim, the Flames returned home and matched a season high with three power-play goals Tuesday in a 5-2 victory over Colorado.
Dion Phaneuf, Jarome Iginla, Roman Hamrlik and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist for Calgary (11-10-2), which entered the game ranked 26th in the league on the power play.
"We were getting away from the things that we do well," said center Matthew Lombardi, who scored with the man advantage. "Tonight, we got back to doing those little things like getting pucks through, having guys in front, picking up rebounds, and taking pucks to the net."
The Flames have been dominant during their six-game home win streak, posting shutouts over Anaheim and St. Louis, and outscoring opponents 22-5. Calgary is 8-3-0 at Pengrowth Saddledome this season after posting a 30-7-4 mark there in 2005-06.
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and Iginla are two of the biggest reasons behind the Flames' strong play in Calgary.
Kiprusoff is 8-3-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average at home, compared to a 3-6-1 mark and a 2.82 GAA on the road. Iginla has at least one point in 10 consecutive home contests.
The Blue Jackets (6-15-2) were unable to win back-to-back games for the first time since the first week of the season, falling 1-0 at Vancouver on Tuesday in the opener of a five-game road trip.
"Both teams' goalies made it low scoring today," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Our guy was really good early and Roberto (Luongo) was really good late. "
Columbus, which has scored an NHL-low 50 goals, was shut out for a league-high sixth time this season, dropping to 1-8-1 in its last 10 games.
Already struggling to score, the Blue Jackets were without left wing Fredrik Modin on Tuesday. Modin, tied for second on the team with six goals, has an undisclosed lower-body injury and could rejoin the team on the trip.
Much has been made of Rick Nash's disappointing season, but he is far from the only Blue Jacket struggling to produce.
The Blue Jackets have won three straight against the Flames after losing the previous four meetings. Columbus was a 5-4 winner in an 11-round shootout at home on Nov. 3.
|Feb 08 '07||CGY 1 at CBJ 2||F. Modin|
|Feb 02 '07||CBJ 2 at CGY 6||M. Giordano|
|Dec 01 '06||CBJ 1 at CGY 2||C. Kobasew|
|Nov 03 '06||CGY 4 at CBJ 5 - SO||M. Malhotra|