Game day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

TODAY AT 2 P.M.: CALGARY FLAMES AT DETROIT RED WINGS

TV: NONE, RADIO: FAN 960

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COMING IN:

The Flames rebounded from their season-opening loss to Minnesota by dropping Columbus 3-1 Friday night. The Red Wings took both halves of a home-and-home series with the St. Louis Blues.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Joe hasn't been kind to the Flames in recent years. Calgary won the last regular-season meeting in Detroit but that's the only win collected in five clashes there. Of course, that doesn't include the fact the Flames took two of three in Detroit during their playoff series of '04.

Calgary is 2-6-0 in the last eight regular-season clashes against the Red Wings.

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WINGS NEWCOMERS:

G Chris Osgood, D Brett Lebda, RW Daniel Cleary, C Johan Franzen, D Andreas Lilja, G James Howard.

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DEPARTURES:

G Dominik Hasek, G Curtis Joseph, D Mathieu Dandenault, F Ray Whitney, LW Darren McCarty, D Derian Hatcher.

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WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- Daymond Langkow leads the club with two goals and one helper. Miikka Kiprusoff looked like his old self in a 3-1 win over Columbus Friday.

* WINGS -- Robert Lang already has a pair of goals and an assist.

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WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- The second-line trio of Steve Reinprecht, Chris Simon and Chuck Kobasew, a combined minus-6, is still without a point.

* WINGS -- Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Chris Chelios are looking for their first point.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 6.2% (1-16, 24th); Detroit 21.4% (3-14, 11th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 62.5% (30th); Detroit 88.2% (12th).

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INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- D Robyn Regehr (knee) is out.

* WINGS -- G Chris Osgood (groin) day-to-day, C Steve Yzerman (groin) day-to-day, D Niklas Kronwall (knee) indefinitely.

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NOTABLES:

Having already collected 12 minutes in the penalty box, and half due to interference infractions, Chris Chelios receives an honour of being one of the first to complain about the obstruction crackdown. "I just don't know what a penalty is and a lot of guys don't know," he told the Detroit News. "It hasn't been clearly defined for a lot of guys" ... Wings D Niklas Kronwall is scheduled for surgery today to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee.


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