Game day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

FLAMES (9-7-2) AT OILERS (11-8-1)

7 P.M., REXALL PLACE

TV: SPORTSNET

RADIO: THE FAN 960

COMING IN

The Flames should be well rested. They practised Saturday and had Sunday off after ending the Detroit Red Wings' nine-game streak Friday at the Saddledome while extending their own consecutive win count to six with a convincing 4-1 win.

The Oilers are also hot, having dispatched the Wings 4-3 in a shootout Saturday night to claim their fourth win in five games, including three straight.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

It's a split so far with each team winning their home openers two nights apart. Calgary had the all-important edge in the division rivalry last season with five wins and three losses -- one in regulation, one in overtime and one in a shootout.

WHO'S HOT

FLAMES --Take your pick. F Alex Tanguay has four straight two-assist games, F Kristian Huselius has a goal in each of his last three games and in four of the last five. And G Miikka Kiprusoff has been a rock.

OILERS -- F Ryan Smyth has been a beast with six goals and seven points in his last five games. F Raffi Torres awoke from his six-game pointless slumber to net a goal and an assist in regulation and the SO winner against Detroit.

WHO'S NOT

FLAMES -- D Andrei Zyuzin is a great skater with a lot of offensive potential but hasn't shown it this season.

OILERS -- D Jason Smith is a surprising minus-10, worst on the team this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 14.3% (14-98, 24th); Edmonton 15.2% (18-118, 20th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.4% (24th); Edmonton 90.1% (3rd).

NOTABLES

The Flames recalled D Mark Giordano from AHL Omaha and he practised with the Flames yesterday. Giordano had an assist and a plus-three rating in two games with the Knights since leaving Calgary last week.


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