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Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES AT EDMONTON OILERS

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

COMING IN:

Saturday's win over Buffalo was Calgary's third straight and put that three-game losing skid well in the rearview mirror. The Flames are 3-2-0 in their last five and 7-2-1 in their last 10.

A shootout loss in Phoenix Saturday night leaves the Oilers with one win in four outings (1-2-1) and they are five points back of Calgary in the Northwest Division race. Edmonton is 4-4-2 in the last 11.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

This is No. 6 of the eight-game series this season and the Flames have a big upper hand. By winning 6-5 on New Year's Eve, Calgary has posted a 3-1-1 mark in what's been a one-sided Battle of Alberta.

Going back to the beginning of the 2003-04 season, the Flames are 7-1-3 against their provincial rivals.

However, Calgary's one regulation time loss came during their only meeting this season in Edmonton.

WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- RW Tony Amonte is on a four-game point streak in which he's netted one goal and five assists.

OILERS -- D Jason Smith isn't known for his offence but had a goal and an assist last time out.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- Both Chuck Kobasew and Chris Simon have gone a dozen games without lighting the lamp.

OILERS -- F Raffi Torres is a streaky scorer and in the midst of one of his few lulls, with only one goal and no assists in the past 12 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17.5% (49-280, 16th); Edmonton 18.7% (56-299, 12th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 82% (16th); Edmonton 83.4% (12th).

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- D Roman Hamrlik (knee) is day to day. C Byron Ritchie (knee) and D Bryan Marchment (knee) are out.

OILERS -- D Igor Ulanov (knee) is day to day.

NOTABLES:

Byron Ritchie plans to hit the ice today for the first time since suffering his knee injury exactly three weeks ago but his return is likely a couple of weeks away ... Kristian Huselius played his 20th game for the Flames, during which he's netted seven goals and 14 assists ... Flames are 13-3-2 against Northwest teams ... Expect to see Mike Morrison between the pipes tonight for the Oil.

QUOTABLE:

"The first two periods we looked like the worst team in the league. If we play like that on Monday we're going to get killed," said Georges Laraque, who scored his first goal of the season Saturday in Phoenix.


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