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Saturday, 01.05.2008 / 4:30 PM

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Calgary Flames vs. Los Angeles Kings

Jarome Iginla has the Calgary Flames surging again.

Iginla looks to help the Flames extend their winning streak to five games Saturday night when they visit the Los Angeles Kings.

Iginla, who is second in the NHL with 31 goals and among the league leaders with 57 points, has six goals during the Flames' four-game run. He scored twice in a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday and followed that up with two more goals Thursday, including one at 3:26 of overtime to give Calgary a 3-2 victory at San Jose.

The Flames (21-14-7) have seven wins in their last eight road games.

Iginla has been a big part of that success with 11 goals and three assists in the last seven games away from home. Overall, Calgary is 11-1-3 since Dec. 4.

"We definitely have had a good month of December and it's going good again," Iginla said. "As a team we're improving and finding ways to win close games and earlier in the year we weren't finding ways."

Iginla has one goal and eight assists in his last four games against the Kings (15-25-2), including a two-assist performance in a 4-3 victory at home on Oct. 18.

Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 34 saves Thursday, has also been outstanding during the current surge, winning all four games with a 2.22 goals-against average. He has won eight of his last nine starts on the road.

Kiprusoff has three consecutive wins - all at home - against Los Angeles, but has lost his last two starts at Staples Center. He wasn't in net for Calgary's last visit to Los Angeles, a 5-3 win behind two assists from Iginla on Dec. 19, 2006.

The Kings, meanwhile, are looking to rebound from Thursday's 4-3 loss to Columbus which halted their three-game winning streak. They rallied three times from one-goal deficits before Jason LaBarbera allowed the eventual winner with 5:18 to play in the third period.

"Our guys have confidence in their ability to score and they have confidence in their ability to come back," Kings coach Marc Crawford said.

Dustin Brown, who scored Thursday, has four goals in the last three games, giving him a team-high 20. The 23-year-old right wing, who had 17 goals all last season, scored against the Flames on Oct. 18.

The Kings are likely to use LaBarbera in goal Saturday after he took over Thursday for Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who allowed three goals on 12 shots.

LaBarbera is 2-1-0 with a 1.92 GAA in his last three games, with both wins coming in a home-and-home sweep of Chicago.

LaBarbera, 1-1-0 with a 1.26 GAA in three games against Calgary, made 11 saves in 18 minutes of the Kings' last meeting with the Flames after Aubin was pulled for allowing four goals on 18 shots.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 15 '08CGY 3 at LAK 6P. O'Sullivan
Jan 18 '08LAK 1 at CGY 6D. Langkow
Jan 05 '08CGY 6 at LAK 4D. Langkow
Oct 18 '07LAK 3 at CGY 4D. Langkow
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