Considering the Calgary Flames' recent dominance of their next opponent, it shouldn't be too difficult for them to start a new winning streak.
The Flames aim to bounce back from their first defeat in more than two weeks with a fifth consecutive victory over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.
Calgary (7-4-1) opened 2008-09 with a 1-3-1 mark, then rebounded by reeling off six straight wins.
The Flames, though, were unable to pick up their seventh in a row -- a feat they haven't accomplished since an eight-game run from Nov. 1-16, 2005 -- as they fell behind early in a 3-2 loss at Anaheim on Sunday night. It was their fourth one-goal defeat of the season.
"The intensity level wasn't high enough for a team as good as the team we were playing (Sunday night)," Flames coach Mike Keenan said.
Todd Bertuzzi scored on a power play in the third period, while captain Jarome Iginla provided two assists, but Calgary couldn't recover after allowing the game's first three goals.
"It's tough to see our streak end, but we've got to be sharper off the start," said Iginla, who has five goals and six assists in his last seven games and leads Calgary with 14 points. "I thought we made a game of it, but we wanted to win. We'll get back to it next game."
Facing the Coyotes (4-5-0) may help Iginla and the Flames return to the win column. They have beaten Phoenix four straight times, and are 15-3-1 in the series since Feb. 23, 2003.
Calgary won the final three matchups of last season's four-game series, and posted a 4-1 victory in Phoenix on Oct. 25.
Iginla turned in a big performance in that win, contributing a goal and two assists to give him six goals and five assists during a four-game point streak against the Coyotes. In 44 career contests versus Phoenix, he has 30 goals -- the most he has against any NHL opponent -- and 46 points.
Miikka Kiprusoff has been similarly successful against the Coyotes, with a 9-3-1 record and a 1.97 goals-against average in 13 games. The only NHL goaltender who has played every minute of his team's games this season, Kiprusoff made 34 saves in Sunday's loss.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan, meanwhile, has two goals and six assists during a seven-game point streak versus the Flames, and has 10 goals and 23 assists in 44 career games against them.
Doan assisted on both of Olli Jokinen's goals on Saturday, when Phoenix fell 3-2 to Minnesota to complete a 2-2-0 homestand.
"It was a tough loss for the team," Jokinen, who is tied with Doan for the team lead with 10 points, told the Coyotes' official Web site. "I didn't think we played the way we are capable of playing and it's very disappointing."
Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves for the Coyotes, who lost for the fifth time in seven games overall. Bryzgalov is 1-5-1 with a 2.85 GAA in seven career starts versus the Flames.