Just in case you haven't noticed, captain Jarome Iginla is now the Flames' No. 1 sniper and tied with Olli Jokinen for points.

Seems as the captain rises, the Flames rise or maybe that should read the other away around. But while Iginla has scored six of his 11 goals during a 6-1-1 run in the past eight games, the whole team has been better.

They've pushed past. 500 for the first time this season and inched to within two points of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. All that after sinking to a season-low 8-12-1 on Nov. 25 after a 2-0 loss at St. Louis.

"Our whole game is getting better," said the captain, following Saturday's 3-0 dismantling of the visiting Edmonton Oilers to run up a season-high, three-game winning streak. "I think we have more puck control, our D has been outstanding . . . I think as a group we're starting to be more patient with it.