Missing in action

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The most important numbers are in the win/loss column.

Good thing for the Calgary Flames because the offensive numbers are scary.

As impressive as it is for the Flames to be sitting in a playoff spot -- and in the hunt for top spot in the Northwest Division -- it's even more amazing when you consider they've scored only 69 goals heading into tonight's clash with the Philadelphia Flyers (5 p.m., Sportsnet, Fan 960).

Based on a per-game average, they're 29th overall in the league with 2.43 goals per game (shootout goals don't count), ahead of only the woeful Columbus Blue Jackets.

Of the 16 teams sitting in playoff positions as of this morning, only the Flames have yet to break the 70-goal mark.

Only once in the season have they scored five goals in a game and only two other games have they tallied four times.

It's a far cry from the kind of scores teams such as Ottawa, Philadelphia, Colorado and Vancouver are pumping out.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla isn't all that concerned, however.

"It's not that important," said Iginla after yesterday's practice. "The numbers and stuff don't really matter. It's about being in a playoff spot, moving up, that kind of thing, finding ways to win. Whether it's 2-1, 5-4, whatever it is, as long as we win.

"Some teams are offence-first and win and that's fine. Our team is defence-first and we want to win that way.

"Yeah, it's fun to score goals as a team but it's more about the feeling after when you get a win."

At least there's some proof the Flames are taking part in the league's increased scoring.

In the 2003-04 season, they specialized in 2-1 wins with Miikka Kiprusoff in goal.

This year, the Flames seem to have an affinity for 3-2 victories, which has happened in five of Calgary's last six wins.

Still, their offensive output is far back of the pace-setters and many players are mired in prolonged slumps.

Jordan Leopold has yet to score this season, while Stephane Yelle's drought stands at 27 games, Shean Donovan is at 25 games and Rhett Warrener at 22 games.

Even Iginla has gone eight games without a goal. Yet the team has posted a 5-2-1 record in those clashes.

"It feels a lot better, I tell you, when we're winning," Iginla said. "Guys are really going and I want to get going, too, and contribute. This year, different guys have jumped up at different times and that's what good teams do. That's what it takes to be a winning team."

That's not to say Iginla is happy about his slump.

"I want to score a goal every game, all the time, but it feels a lot better to have gone eight games without a goal and have gone 5-2-1. Hopefully, it'll come to an end -- be over at eight," he said.

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SCORING AFTER 28 GAMES

GF GA Record

2003-04 66 61 14-9-2-3

2005-06 69 70 16-9-3


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