No need to Blue it now

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

A win tonight would guarantee the Calgary Flames top spot in the Northwest Division going into the Olympic break.

It would also mean a third straight victory, which would be considered a solid run in the final week before the club takes a rest.

Flames forward Chris Simon said he and his teammates aren't looking at that big picture going into tonight's clash with the St. Louis Blues (7 p.m., PPV, FAN 960).

"Our number-one focus is winning one game," Simon said. "We know they're a good team and they beat us last time. They've improved a lot and are a good team with a lot of speed."

On the surface, this would be a mismatch. While Calgary is sitting atop the Northwest Division standings and on pace for a 105-point season, the Blues are last in the Western Conference and 29th in the league, only three points ahead of the left-for-dead Pittsburgh Penguins.

Simon said he and his teammates have no reason to be over-confident, considering they fell short in a 3-2 shootout loss in St. Louis Jan. 30.

"Those young players are very skilled and the way the rules are, it works because they've got young guys that can skate, move the puck and put the puck on net," Simon said.

"In the west, I don't know a team that's not good. We've got to definitely be ready to play our game because we don't want to happen what happened down there.

"We'll have to play hard."

The Blues, winners of three straight and four of five, are coming to town on the heels on an impressive 4-2 victory in Vancouver. Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter said the Blues' recent run is no fluke.

"They've beat some good teams, so that means it's real," Sutter said.

"They're playing really well."

In a week the Flames have been focused on getting to a finish line for a well-deserved break, a third-straight win would be a tasty tonic, said captain Jarome Iginla.

"It'll make everybody go into the break with the right mindset and feeling good," Iginla said.

"With the standings as tight as they are, you want to make the playoffs but to fight for a division title is very important. We want to go in on a high because there will be a lot of work in a short amount of time as soon as we come back."


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