Just over a week ago, the Vancouver Canucks were one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Now, they're in position to match their longest losing streak of the season.
A visit from the Calgary Flames may help keep that from occurring.
The Canucks will attempt to snap a three-game skid by extending their winning streak over the Flames to five on Saturday night.
Vancouver (29-10-8) was on a spectacular 14-0-3 run after beating the New York Islanders in a shootout on Jan. 11. Two wins in that stretch came over Calgary (21-21-6), including a 3-1 victory on Jan. 5 at Rogers Arena.
The Canucks haven't been nearly as sharp over the last five games, scoring eight goals and getting shut out twice while going 1-2-2.
Still, they're atop the Western Conference by two points over Central Division-leading Detroit and trail Philadelphia by one for the NHL lead.
Their struggles continued Thursday with a 2-1 shootout loss to San Jose. A loss to the Flames would give the Canucks their first four-game slide since Nov. 15-21.
Vancouver will try to avoid equaling that after surrendering a season-high 46 shots against the Sharks, including 25 in the second period.
"That's not the way we want to play," said Vancouver's Henrik Sedin, who ended a 10-game goal drought Thursday.
The Canucks captain was held without a point by the Flames earlier this month after scoring three goals with 11 assists in the previous eight meetings.
Daniel Sedin, meanwhile, has feasted on Calgary over the last 13 matchups, totaling 10 goals and nine assists. He's had seven goals and six assists in the last seven games against the Flames in Vancouver, helping the Canucks post a 5-1-1 record.
Daniel Sedin has 27 goals and 60 points, good for third in the league in both categories.
Roberto Luongo, who is 21-8-6 with a 2.33 goals-against average this season, has also fared quite well at home in recent years versus Calgary, going 8-1-1 with a 1.81 GAA and one shutout.
The Canucks have outscored Calgary 20-7 while winning four straight against their Northwest rival.
Calgary is looking for more consistent play after beating Dallas 7-4 on Friday, two nights following a 6-0 loss to Minnesota. The Flames managed only 19 shots against the Stars, but still matched a season high for goals scored.
"We got pucks to the net and were fortunate to get a few bounces," said right wing David Moss, who had two goals and one assist. "We needed more bodies at the net and we certainly did that and were rewarded."
Jarome Iginla also scored to give him 20 goals for the 12th consecutive season - the longest active such streak in the NHL. The longtime Flames captain added an assist against the Stars, and has four goals with five assists over his last seven games.
Though Iginla leads the Flames in goals this season, he has just one assist in his last five games against the Canucks and no points in four straight visits to Vancouver.
Miikka Kiprusoff was rested Friday as rookie Henrik Karlsson started. Kiprusoff has a 6.28 GAA while losing his last four starts to the Canucks.