CALGARY FLAMES AT DETROIT RED WINGS
TONIGHT AT 5:30 P.M., TV: PAY-PER-VIEW, RADIO: FAN 960
A 2-0 loss in Nashville ended what was a very good month of November for the Flames (10-2-1). That said, they are now winless in their last two outings and have a 2-2-1 mark in their last five.
After dropping six of seven, one in overtime, the Wings left California with back-to-back wins over San Jose and Los Angeles to reaffirm their status atop the Western Conference.
This is the third meeting of the season, with the home club victorious in the first two. Detroit used five powerplay goals in their home opener to humble Calgary 6-3 but the Flames returned the favour with a one-sided 3-1 game at the Saddledome in mid-November. The Joe hasn't been kind to Calgary. The Flames have lost the last six games in the Motor City. Since relocating to the Stampede City, they have a 12-22-8 mark there.
FLAMES -- With the way goal scoring has dried up, Tony Amonte leads the pack of late with two goals and two assists in the last five games.
WINGS -- Defenceman Mathieu Schneider has four goals and one assist in the last two games. In six contests, he's netted nine points (4-5-9).
FLAMES -- After a torrid pace from late October through mid-November, Jarome Iginla has gone five games without a goal. He only has two assists in that span, too.
WINGS -- Kris Draper, who scored 24 goals in 2003-04, has only one tally this year in 25 games.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 14.9% (24-161, 22nd); Detroit 25% (38-152, 1st).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 81% (21st); Detroit 84.3% (6th).
FLAMES -- C Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain) is inching closer to a return.
WINGS -- D Jiri Fischer, whose seizure in which his heart stop put a scare in the hockey world just over a week ago, has been told to rest for around six weeks. Detroit may also be without C Robert Lang, who pulled a groin muscle in L.A. G Manny Legace (knee) and D Niklas Kronwall (knee) are on the shelf.
Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who made his debut a success by stopping 22 shots in the 5-2 win Monday night in Los Angeles, has already been named the starter by Wings coach Mike Babcock ... Calgary D Roman Hamrlik will skate in his 900th career game. The same goes for D Bryan Marchment next time he hits the ice ... In four of the last five games, Iginla has exceeded more than 25 minutes of ice time.