Miikka Kiprusoff is ready to be the Calgary Flames' workhorse down the stretch drive for a National Hockey League playoff spot, but he's also going to take time off when he feels like he needs it.

Coach Brent Sutter recently said the team would stick with the Kipper as long as he felt chipper.

Well, there's been no signs of fatigue after 11 straight starts for the Finnish redhead, who is expected to start again on Wednesday night when the Dallas Stars come calling (7:30 p.m.). But there's another 22 games left to play in one of the most ridiculously tight Western Conference playoff races in recent memory.

"I talk about it a little bit with Brent," confessed Kiprusoff after posting career win No. 250 on Monday night at Denver against the Colorado Avalanche. "You have to be smart at this time. It's always coach's last call, but he needs to know how I feel.

"I have no injuries now and I feel all right so I'm good to go."

In fact, he's looking more and more like the Kipper of old after going through a slight slump during early January to draw some warranted and unwarranted critical reviews. All that's water under the bridge now and, like the rest of his teammates, they are focused on the next game and nothing beyond that.