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STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:05 PM ET

VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT CALGARY FLAMES

TONIGHT AT 8 P.M., TV: CBC, RADIO: FAN 960

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COMING IN:

Calgary (6-7-2) won back-to-back games for the first time this season, beating the Minnesota Wild 3-0 Tuesday and the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Thursday.

Vancouver (9-2-2) played a late game against the Blue Jackets last night after scraping past the Wild 2-1 Wednesday.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

This is the first of eight meetings between the Northwest Division rivals this season. Calgary ousted Vancouver in seven games during the first round of the playoffs in 2004 and holds an 84-48-26-1 all-time record against the Canucks.

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CANUCKS ADDITIONS:

F Richard Park, F Anson Carter, D Sven Butenschon, D Steve McCarthy, F Josh Green, F Craig Darby.

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CANUCKS SUBTRACTIONS:

D Brent Sopel, F Brad May, F Martin Rucinsky, D Marek Malik, D Jonathan Aitken, G Johan Hedberg, F Jeff Heerema.

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WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- F Marcus Nilson had a goal -- his first of the year -- and an assist Thursday night.

CANUCKS -- Todd Bertuzzi took a five-game point streak into last night's game.

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WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- D Jordan Leopold is still scoreless this season.

CANUCKS -- F Markus Naslund had just one assist in his last three games before last night.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 12.1% (12-99, 28th); Vancouver 16.4% (16-97, 20th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 77.6% (21-94, 25th); Vancouver 79.2% (16-77, 22nd).

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INJURIES:

FLAMES -- F Matthew Lombardi (ankle) is out indefinitely. F Chris Simon (torso) is questionable. D Bryan Marchment (undisclosed) is doubtful.

CANUCKS -- F Matt Cooke (jaw) is out indefinitely, as are F Tyler Bouck (groin) and F Jason King. G Dan Cloutier (concussion) and D Bryan Allen (knee) are day-to-day.

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NOTABLE:

Flames president Ken King was in the dressing room after Thursday's win and welcomed Robyn Regehr back with a warm handshake.


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