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Flames, Rangers look for consistency

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | 9:52 am

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What's at stake

The Calgary Flames land in New York City on Monday looking to make up for the one that got away the night before in Detroit.

Holding a two-goal lead with less than half a period remaining, the Flames saw that fully evaporate with 3.2 seconds left and surrendered a goal to the Red Wings in overtime to drop the team to just two wins in their last 10 games.

If anything positive can be gleaned from that game, it's that Jarome Iginla continues to find the back of the net after a sputtering start to the season. The Flames' captain scored a pair at the Joe Louis Arena to increase his total to six over the last four games, but those stats are secondary when Iginla and his teammates can't start closing out games and move out of the basement of the Western Conference.

The Rangers return home for their third straight contest against a Northwest Division opponent with drastically differing results coming in the first two games. The Blueshirts were able to rebound from a 5-1 loss to Colorado with a 5-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday to continue their recent bout of .500 hockey. The challenge will be for the Rangers to manufacture some consistency and cobble together a streak or two in a tight Eastern Conference.

Goaltending match up

Calgary — Miikka Kiprusoff or Henrik Karlsson

Having been in goal for Sunday's heartbreaker, Kiprusoff (7-9-1, .904 SV%, 2.83 GAA) may deserve some rest in back-to-back games, including three games in four days, and has started nine straight. But if anyone were to play under such a scenario, it would be Kiprusoff, who has averaged 74 starts per season since the lockout.

NYR — Martin Biron

Having only played 32:27 of his team's two-game Northwest Division road trip, Henrik Lundqvist (7-7-0, .915 SV%, 2.75 GAA) should be rested and ready for a home start against the Flames. However, the team confirmed that Biron (4-2-0, .907 SV%, 2.33 GAA) will get his second straight start and third appearance in as many games. The 33-year-old has proven to be New York's best off-season acquisition thus far, providing a much-needed steady hand in relief for their all-star.

Injuries

NYR — D Michal Rozsival (shoulder), C Chris Drury (finger), LW Vinny Prospal (knee)

Calgary — D Robyn Regehr (undisclosed), D Adam Pardy (shoulder), LW Raitis Ivanans (head), RW Ales Kotalik (knee), C Ryan Stone (knee), C Daymond Langkow (neck), C Olli Jokinen (suspension)

What they said

“We've got to be smarter and we've got to find ways to stay away from the penalty box. We're up 4-2 , we had a four-minute power play and the power play's been scoring the last three games. We had a chance to bury them and take care of our destiny and we didn’t. Not much else you can say.” — Flames' Alex Tanguay on Sunday's game in Detroit

“I don't want to be selfish; it's about the team … Marty [Biron] played well the other night [and] we won … time now for me to work on my game.” — Lundqvist to the team's official Twitter profile

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