By the time his current string of starts comes to an end, he'll have played more than a quarter of a season.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has suited up for 19 straight games for the Calgary Flames. And No. 20 is coming Sunday.

Head coach Brent Sutter hasn't even resorted to the old secrecy when naming a starter these days.

He's serving up Kiprusoff, followed by more Kiprusoff, with some Kiprusoff on the side.

"Nothing's going to change. We're in a mode of playoff hockey, obviously," Sutter said Saturday after practice at the Saddledome. "We're riding our No.-1 guy."

They hope that ride helps land them in the playoffs.

Kiprusoff is not going to start every game until then, but there's no telling when he's going to sit out.

"I bet I'm gonna get some breaks, but we don't know yet when," Kiprusoff said, noting backup Henrik Karlsson is ready to go when the call comes.

There has been plenty of rest, though, for the 34-year-old Finn.

Sutter has handed out a lot of recovery days over the last month or so, and the star netminder takes full advantage.

"Try to not think about hockey too much," he said.

"But, of course, I have to do my stretch. It's what I've been doing many, many years. Even if it's a day off, pretty much everyone does something to be ready for the next day.

"It's pretty long, actually. A little warmup. Probably an hour, hour and a half. It's pretty easy at home. I watch TV and do it at the same time."

Sometimes, he has company from five-year-old son Aaro.