Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

FLAMES (2-2-1-0) AT CANADIENS (2-0-0-2)

5:30 P.M., BELL CENTRE

TV: PPV

RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

Going from a 1-0 win in Ottawa to a 5-4 overtime loss in Toronto on Hockey Night in Canada is quite a leap but the Flames should be happy they posted more than two goals in a game for the first time this season. The Habs fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Senators at the Bell Centre Saturday.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Jarome Iginla scored the winning goal in the Flames' 3-2 decision over the Canadiens when they met at the Saddledome last season. The Habs hold an all-time edge of 53-29-14-0 over the Calgary/Atlanta franchise. Calgary's last win in Montreal was Dec. 13, 2000.

WHO'S HOT

FLAMES -- D Mark Giordano had a breakout performance in front of his family in Toronto with his first two NHL goals. F Matthew Lombardi and linemate Chuck Kobasew are also playing better.

CANADIENS -- F Chris Higgins has goals in three of his first four games and five points with a plus-four rating. F Saku Koivu (2-3-5) is showing no ill effects from the frightening eye injury he suffered in the playoffs.

WHO'S NOT

FLAMES -- F Alex Tanguay had a few good moments Saturday but still hasn't shown he can be an exciting $5-million player.

CANADIENS -- F Steve Begin has no points and a team-worst minus-four rating so far this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 3% (1-33, 30th); Montreal 18.8% (3-16, 13th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 81.8% (20th); Montreal 95.8% (1st).

INJURY REPORT:

FLAMES -- D Rhett Warrener (knee) could make his regular-season debut tonight. F Darren McCarty (groin) is day-to-day.

CANADIENS -- D Francis Bouillon (knee) and D Mathieu Dandenault (groin) are out. D Craig Rivet (foot) should be able to play tonight.


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