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RANDY SPORTAK -- calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

BUFFALO SABRES AT CALGARY FLAMES

TONIGHT AT 7 P.M., TV: NONE, RADIO: FAN 960

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COMING IN:

A 3-2 win over Montreal Thursday night was Calgary's second in a row and put the Flames 13 games above the .500 mark for the second time in the campaign.

Buffalo surrendered three third-period goals to fall 4-1 in Vancouver, snapping a two-game losing streak that included victories over Edmonton (3-1) and Los Angeles (10-1). The Sabres are 2-2-1 in their last five but also 9-2-1 in their last dozen road games.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Sabres claimed a 2-0 win at the Saddledome early in the 2003-04 season, the last meeting. Calgary won the previous two clashes but is 2-6-1-1 in the last 10.

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WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- Jarome Iginla has put his second-quarter struggles behind him, having potted six goals in seven games.

SABRES -- In his last 10 games, Chris Drury has bagged 14 points (5-9-14).

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WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- Chuck Kobasew's goal drought has reached 11 games, with only one tally in 19 clashes.

SABRES -- Mike Grier has lit the lamp only once in 16 games.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17.2% (47-274, 17th); Buffalo 22% (61-277, 2nd).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 81.7% (18th); Buffalo 86.2% (2nd).

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INJURIES:

FLAMES -- D Roman Hamrlik (knee) remains out but said he plans to skate with contact today or tomorrow. D Bryan Marchment (knee) and C Byron Ritchie (knee) are out.

SABRES -- RW J.P. Dumont (sports hernia), C Adam Mair (concussion), LW Taylor Pyatt (wrist), C Daniel Briere (sports hernia) are out.

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NOTABLES:

A win would put the Flames 14 games above .500 for the first time since April 11, 1994 ... This is Calgary's last game against the Eastern Conference, with a chance to run the table against the Northeast Division having netted victories against Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Boston ... Calgary has surrendered only 40 shots on goal in the last two games combined.


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