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The Calgary Flames are having trouble shutting down opponents

during their winless start. A matchup with the banged-up Montreal

Canadiens could help them post their first victory of the


Calgary looks to remain undefeated in regulation in six straight

meetings with Montreal when it continues a three-game road trip

Thursday night.

The Flames opened 2011-12 with a 5-3 home loss to Pittsburgh on

Saturday before falling 5-2 in St. Louis on Monday. Nine of the 10

goals they’ve allowed have come in the second and third


“It’s disappointing, but I think more than just a win, we need

to find our game and to get our compete level up,” right wing

Jarome Iginla said after Monday’s loss. “… Tonight, we got

outcompeted and outworked. So it’s more than just the 0-2. We just

need to find our game.”

Left wing Curtis Glencross, who set career highs with 24 goals

and 43 points last season, has scored to get Calgary on the board

first in each of its first two games.

“I don’t know if you could put your finger on it but I think our

first periods, we’ve had some solid play,” right wing David Moss

told the Flames’ official website.

“In the second, for whatever reason, we have a letdown. I think

maybe it just comes down to losing our focus a little bit and when

things start to get away from you, the whole group starts to slip.

That’s something we can’t afford to have happen.”

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, second in the NHL with 71 starts

last season, played the opener before giving way to Henrik Karlsson

on Monday.

“(Kiprusoff’s) not going to play 75 games this year because

that’s what you guy’s expect from him,” said coach Brent Sutter,

who held a closed-door meeting with the players after Monday’s

game. “He’s not going to play that much this year and we want to

get Karl going right off the bat here.”

Kiprusoff is 7-3-0 with a 2.58 goals-against average versus

Montreal, including 4-0-0 with a 2.03 GAA in his last five starts

in the series. The Flames are 4-0-1 against the Canadiens during

that stretch, outscoring them 19-10.

Montreal is coming off a high-scoring game, winning 5-1 at

Winnipeg on Sunday after falling 2-0 in Toronto in its season

opener last Thursday.

The Canadiens, though, will be without forward Michael

Cammalleri and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek for the next few


Cammalleri is expected to miss 10-14 days because of a deep cut

on his right leg, while Spacek will be out up to three weeks with

an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Cammalleri, who scored the Canadiens’ first goal of the season

Sunday, escaped more serious injury as no muscle or tendon was cut

when he appeared to make contact with teammate Yannick Weber’s


“I was scared at the time. I’m not a doctor, but I just know

that I looked down and I could see the cut was deep and the blood

was coming out fast,” he told the Canadiens’ official website.

“I wasn’t panicking, but I had no idea what had been cut, if it

was an artery or anything – I just figured I should get some

attention for it as quickly as possible.”

Montreal will be playing its first game of the season at the

Bell Centre after finishing with 24 home wins – fourth-most in the

Eastern Conference – in 2010-11.

The Canadiens have won five of six at home against the