Iggy hoping for delay of game

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:14 PM ET

ST. LOUIS — Should a wicked snowstorm engulf St. Louis and postpone the Flames game until Wednesday, it may be a good thing. At least based on Jarome Iginla’s history. On Dec. 16, 2008, Iginla had a four-point game in St. Louis, collecting two goals and two assists in a 6-3 Flames victory. Exactly one year earlier, he did the same thing to the Blues in a 5-3 win, also in St. Louis. “Is (Wednesday) four-point day?” Iginla asked with hope when those matches were mentioned following yesterday’s practice. Unfortunately, the answer is no, since this season’s mid-December meeting with the Blues falls on the 15th. “The 15th is close. That’s exciting to see. The 15th is close enough,” said Iginla with his excitement building. “That’s a positive thing. Thanks. I like that.” Amazingly, on Dec. 16, 2006, Iginla also had a four-point game, notching two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win at Phoenix. In fact, the Flames have won their last five games on Dec. 16, and Iginla’s combined totals add up to eight goals and 14 points in those outings. Who knows, maybe the Blues hierarchy had the game day changed from the original schedule? You couldn’t blame them. The way things have gone lately for Iginla, he could use a boost. The NHL’s first star for the month of November has gone nearly as cold as the Calgary weather. He’s gone six games without scoring and has just one tally in 10 outings. “Is that what it is? One in 10?” asked Iginla, who has eight assists in that spell. “Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to contribute too much lately, but I didn’t know it was that. “Playing so many games quickly, it adds up quickly. “Hard work is part of it, but it doesn’t always come down to hard work. You’ve got to create a little bit more, get our chances up and our quality shots up. We’ll get doing that.” For the sake of balance, it had to be pointed out to Iginla his recent history during games on Dec. 15 isn’t so glorious. It includes a 4-0 loss in St. Louis in 2001. “I’m not going to look at that,” he said. “I’ll look at the other ones as being close enough.”

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