Flames burning up the charts

Jarome Iginla has shown more passion lately while adding some nastiness.

Updated: December 8, 2003, 2:02 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
It's a little too early to tell if this is just another tease for Calgary's long-suffering fans, but there's no ignoring that the Flames are one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference.

Calgary has won four games in a row and has points in 10 consecutive games (7-0-1-2) to climb into a tie with Los Angeles for fifth with 30 points, just four behind conference co-leaders Colorado and Vancouver heading into Monday's action. The Flames (13-8-1-3) also have played one fewer game than the Avalanche and two fewer than the Canucks.

With all due respect to Shean Donovan's nine goals in the past six games, Calgary is making its move because Jarome Iginla has been playing with more purpose. The Flames captain and best player leads his team with 19 points in 25 games and has four goals in the past four games after scoring just once in 12 games during November.