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March 24, 2013

(AP) -- Chris Stewart is one of the reasons behind the St. Louis Blues' surge.

A meeting with the last-place Calgary Flames would appear to be a good way to keep it that way.

Stewart looks to continue his scoring barrage and help the Blues to their longest winning streak against the Flames in over nine years Sunday night.

Stewart's team-leading 15 goals match his total from last season, while his 29 points are one shy. The right wing has eight goals and seven assists over the past nine games.

The Blues (17-11-2) have certainly capitalized on that, winning six of eight while outscoring opponents 26-16.

Stewart found the net again Saturday, scoring in the opening 3:20 as St. Louis went on to a 3-0 win at Edmonton. That came four days after he was a minus-3 and was kept off the scoresheet in a 3-2 defeat at Vancouver to open this three-game trip.

The Blues have won three in a row against Calgary (11-14-4), winning two on the road including a 5-2 victory Feb. 15, when they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. They haven't put together a longer winning streak in the series since reeling off six straight from Oct. 26, 2002-Feb. 5, 2004.

Stewart, though, hasn't been very effective against the Flames. He had an assist in the most recent matchup, giving him two points in his past nine meetings.

David Perron sored twice at Calgary last month, but he has only four goals in 16 games since and none in the past four.

Getting on the Flames early again would be ideal since they're 2-9-3 after surrendering the first goal.

While Calgary is tied with Colorado for last in the Western Conference, the team should be thrilled to return home.

The Flames have outscored opponents 27-13 during six straight wins there, their longest run at Scotiabank Saddledome since capturing eight in a row from Dec. 6, 2011-Jan. 12, 2012.

That success has been undermined by Calgary's dismal play on the road, where the team has lost a franchise-record nine in a row.

The Flames capped a winless three-game trip Friday with a sloppy performance in a 5-1 defeat at Columbus.

"It was just like deja vu," coach Bob Hartley said of the giveaways and mistakes that cost his club. "There were turnovers in our zone and pucks in our net. There's not much more to say."

Curtis Glencross scored his team-leading 13th goal against the Blue Jackets. The left wing has scored 11 of those goals and notched 15 of his 21 points at home, including six goals and three assists during a five-game scoring streak.

Glencross has scored three goals and set up two others in his past five matchups against the Blues.