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"We're not quitting," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "We have four games to go here and you never know what can happen. But obviously losing [on Wednesday night], our odds diminish."
Blues: St. Louis won't be going to the playoffs, but you wouldn't know it based on the Blues' inspired offensive play as of late.
The Blues are 3-0-1 in their last four, including a 10-3 dismantling of the Red Wings on Wednesday night at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Nine different players lit the lamp, including 26-year old Chris Porter, who scored his first two goals of the season in the win.
"The guys know how important it is to start creating success now," coach Davis Payne said. "We could talk about what hasn't happened this season, but we're just focused on working to lay the groundwork for us down the road. Good habits aren't something you just turn on; you have to work to create them."
Who's hot: Blues forward Chris Stewart has 5 goals and 8 points in his last five games, continuing his stellar play since being acquired from Colorado in mid-February. … Flames' captain Jarome Iginla has been explosive as of late as well, compiling 11 points in his last eight games, including 7 goals.
Injury report: Brendan Morrison (knee), Fredrik Modin (back), David Moss (ankle) and Niklas Hagman (concussion-like symptoms) are expected to miss Friday's game for Calgary. But the Flames will have center Daymond Langkow in the lineup for the first time in more than a year. Langkow has not played since he sustained a neck injury last March 21 against Minnesota. … Blues' winger David Perron (concussion-like symptoms) remains out indefinitely, while center Alexander Steen has begun light skating but will probably miss the rest of the season. Defenseman Barret Jackman has begun skating and is getting closer to a potential late-season return. T.J. Oshie will return Friday night against Calgary after missing two games due to team disciplinary action after he missed a practice.
Stat pack: Nine different players scored goals for St. Louis in their 10-3 win at Detroit on Wednesday night, tying a franchise record for goal scorers in one game. The Blues had previously registered nine different goal scorers in a 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Dec. 13, 1980. The last time an NHL team had at least nine different players score in a game was on Nov. 26, 1996, when the Oilers had 10 goal-scorers against the Flames.
Puck drop: The Flames have the sixth-highest scoring offense in the NHL, but if the team's losing trend continues any longer, the playoffs will be out of the question. Friday night's clash in St. Louis will have playoff intensity, as the clock continues to tick for the Flames.
"We just gotta keep plugging away," forward Matt Stajan said. "We're going to need quite a bit of help now, but we'll try to win our games and hope from there."