Likely no NHL player looks forward to Halloween more than Jarome Iginla.

It's not because of some desire to dress up in costume, munch on chocolate bars or go bobbing for apples.

Halloween means the end of the NHL's opening month, and it usually indicates better times are ahead for the Calgary Flames captain.

"I've had a few frustrating Octobers," he admitted after Sunday's practice at the Stampede Corral.

Add October 2011 to that list for Iginla, whose team returns to action Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks.