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Familiarity doesn't breed contempt yet

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Another sunrise, another chance for the Flames and Canucks to renew acquaintances.

OK, it's not that bad but it sure seems that way.

For the third time in eight days, Calgary and Vancouver will square off tonight at the 'Dome (7 p.m., Sportsnet).

Seeing as it's the fifth time they've met since Dec. 9, you wonder if they're growing tired of seeing each other.

"A little bit but we've got Colorado three times in a row down the road, so we've got to get used to it," said Flames left-winger Alex Tanguay. "Playing a team eight times (in a season), you know you'll face a team lots."

Besides, points out Tony Amonte, meetings between the Western Canada rivals are usually charged, regardless of where each team sits in the standings.

"They're always fun games to play, emotional games," Amonte said.

"We gave a point away last time and it's fresh in our memories."

Vancouver has won the last three meetings, including both halves of a home-and-home series just after Christmas -- one of which came in overtime.

With one point separating the two clubs in the standings, and Calgary victorious in the first two encounters, the Flames need a win to gain the upper hand in the season series.

"It's really important. If you win every series against every team in your division, you're gonna be in a good position at the end of the year in the standings," Tanguay said.

"Vancouver's playing with a lot of confidence."

The Canucks come to town riding a three-game winning streak, tying their longest run of the season.

Not only do the Flames have the tough task of stopping that streak, they also have the tall order of shutting down the Sedin twins.

In five games this season against Calgary, Daniel Sedin has potted four goals and five assists. His brother Henrik has two goals and five helpers.

"That's the line that's hurt us in all the games we've lost and they're the guys creating a lot of the offence for their team," Amonte said. "Our job will be to shut down those two guys and who they're playing with."


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