Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT CALGARY FLAMES

TONIGHT AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

Calgary's 1-0 win in the first half of this two-part series extended the team's winning streak to three games and to the .500 mark.

Vancouver's modest two-game winning streak was snapped but the Canucks are 0-2-1 in their last three road games.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Saturday's meeting was the first of eight on the season, a rivalry that is ready to really heat up.

WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- Marcus Nilson has scored goals in consecutive games and has three points in his last two outings.

CANUCKS -- Even being blanked Saturday, Henrik Sedin has 10 points (4-6-10) in his last 10 games.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- Tony Amonte has only one goal in his last dozen contests.

CANUCKS -- Todd Bertuzzi hasn't scored in his last nine games. He's tallied only twice this season and one was an empty-netter.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 11.6% (12-103, 28th); Vancouver 16.3% (18-110, 19th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 79.2% (24th); Vancouver 80.4% (21st).

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- LW Chris Simon (ribs) and D Bryan Marchment (ribs) are questionable, while C Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain) remains out.

CANUCKS -- D Bryan Allen (knee) is inching closer to a return but still questionable, while G Dan Cloutier (concussion), C Matt Cooke (broken jaw) and RW Tyler Bouck (groin) are still out.

NOTABLES:

The Flames victory on the weekend was the first in 10 home games against Vancouver (they were 0-7-2 in that spell dating back to January 2001, and improved their all-time record against the Canucks to 85-48-26-1 ... During this home stand, the Flames penalty killing is perfect on 15 chances ... The Flames will play back-to-back games in Vancouver Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 ... Calgary also visits for consecutive games in Chicago in January and Minnesota in March.


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