Game day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:45 PM ET

COLORADO AVALANCHE AT CALGARY FLAMES

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

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COMING IN:

The Flames (9-7-2) beat the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night for the first time this season in an exciting 4-3 triumph at Glendale, Ariz. Their winning streak now stands at five games and they are undefeated in November. The Avs (9-4-2) handed Vancouver its third straight loss Thursday after jumping out to a 4-0 lead and hanging on for a 5-3 win.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Calgary lost the first of eight meetings 7-3 at the Pepsi Center in Colorado Oct. 10, thanks in part to Avs rookie Marek Svatos' hat-trick. The Flames lead the all-time regular-season series 38-34-20-2.

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WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- F Jarome Iginla (2g, 2a) and F Steve Reinprecht (1g, 4a) have combined for nine points in the last two games.

* AVALANCHE -- W Antti Laaksonen scored the winning goal and added an assist against the Canucks.

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WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- D Jordan Leopold still hasn't recorded a point this season. F Shean Donovan has just one goal so far.

* AVALANCHE -- D Rob Blake was held pointless Thursday and took two obstruction penalties.

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SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 13.5% (16-118, 25th); Colorado 21% (21-100, 6th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 78.3% (24-111, 26th); Colorado 87.5% (12-96, 4th).

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INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- F Matthew Lombardi (ankle) is out indefinitely. F Chris Simon (ribs), F Byron Ritchie (eye) and D Bryan Marchment (ribs/knee) are day-to-day.

* AVALANCHE -- No major injuries.

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NOTABLES:

The Avs arrived in Calgary yesterday afternoon after successfully ending Vancouver's perfect home record Thursday night. The Canucks were 7-0 on home ice prior to their 5-3 loss to the Avs ... The Flames are one of five teams that haven't allowed a shorthanded goal against this season.


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