Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

MONTREAL CANADIENS AT CALGARY FLAMES

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

COMING IN:

The Flames ended a disappointing road trip -- during which they earned three points out of a possible eight while going 1-2-1 -- with a textbook 4-1 win over the defensive Minnesota Wild.

The Habs have won two straight since firing head coach Claude Julien Saturday, including a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre Monday night.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

This is their first and only meeting of the season thanks to the new NHL scheduling system. Unless the league changes its format, the Habs may not return to the 'Dome until 2009. The Flames and Canadiens split their two-game series in 2003-04, with each winning at home.

WHO'S HOT:

* FLAMES -- F Jarome Iginla has four goals in his last six games and was dominant Saturday night in Minnesota, scoring the winner. He appears to be heating up for a traditional second-half streak.

* CANADIENS -- F Mike Ribeiro has three goals -- all on the powerplay -- and an assist in his last two games, both Montreal wins.

WHO'S NOT:

* FLAMES -- Defencemen Andrew Ference and Jordan Leopold were called out by Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter last week after disappointing performances on the road.

* CANADIENS -- F Radek Bonk has just one goal, 12 points and a minus-6 rating in 25 games this season, two of those assists coming in Monday's game against Dallas.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 16.7% (45-269, 18th); Montreal 19.1% (49-256, 10th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 81.7% (51-279, 18th); Montreal 81.8% (49-270, 17th).

INJURIES:

* FLAMES -- F Byron Ritchie (knee) and D Bryan Marchment (knee) are out indefinitely. D Roman Hamrlik (knee) is day-to-day but questionable tonight.

* CANADIENS -- F Tomas Plekanec (knee) and F Richard Zednik (thumb) are day-to-day. D Andrei Markov (shoulder) is also expected to miss tonight's game.

NOTABLES:

The Flames have allowed the fewest goals against in the Western Conference (114 in 45 games). Only the Ottawa Senators have allowed fewer (105 in 44 games) ... Calgary will honour its first coach, Al MacNeil, before tonight's game against the Canadiens -- a team he led to a Stanley Cup victory in 1971.


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