Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT CALGARY FLAMES

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

COMING IN:

The Flames went into the break having claimed their third straight win, a 3-2 overtime victory over St. Louis.

Vancouver snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Minnesota 3-2 in overtime, with Daniel Sedin netting the game-winner, before shutting down for the Olympics.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Calgary won the first four instalments of the eight-game season series -- one in a shootout -- but has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard the last couple of meetings, first in overtime and then 3-1 at the Saddledome Feb. 3.

WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- Dion Phaneuf tallied twice against St. Louis, including the overtime winner, which gave the rookie defenceman 14 goals on the season.

CANUCKS -- Markus Naslund, who skipped the Olympics due to a nagging groin injury, had a three-game point streak snapped against the Wild, having potted two goals and two assists.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- Tony Amonte has a 12-game scoring drought. He last tallied Jan. 14 in Minnesota.

CANUCKS -- Anson Carter, who plays with the Sedin twins, didn't collect a point in the last three games before the break.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.3% (62-339, 11th); Vancouver 19% (73-385, 8th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 82.4% (14th); Vancouver 81.2% (18th).

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- D Roman Hamrlik (hand) will be out for a couple more weeks, while D Bryan Marchment (knee) hasn't set a timetable for his return. He has been practising with the team. C Byron Ritchie (knee) is ready to go, having been out since early January.

CANUCKS -- D Mattias Ohlund (rib/shoulder) and D Sami Salo (shoulder) returned from Turin with more than just medals and will be out. They'll join D Ed Jovanovski (abdominal surgery), G Dan Cloutier (knee) and C Rick Rypien (ankle) on the sidelines.

NOTABLE:

Goaltender Brent Krahn, Calgary's first-round draft choice in 2000, was named the AHL's player of the week after backstopping the Omaha Knights to wins in all three games, during which he posted a 1.62 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.


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