Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

COMING IN:

Calgary fans went home feeling cheated after the Flames lost 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks in a shootout Tuesday at the Saddledome. The Flames held a 2-0 lead with less than three minutes left but allowed a pair of powerplay goals by Martin Havlat to spark the Blackhawks' comeback.

The Blue Jackets were blanked 3-0 by the visiting Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday in a rough affair.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Flames and Jackets played a chippy contest in Calgary last week but the Flames came away with a 6-2 victory on the strength of three first-period goals as captain Jarome Iginla made his return to the lineup after missing a month with a sprained knee. This is their last of four battles this season. The Flames won both games at the 'Dome but fell 5-4 in a shootout at Nationwide in November.

WHO'S HOT

FLAMES -- LW Kristian Huselius continues to burn his way through 2007. He extended his point streak to an NHL season-high 13 games with a goal Tuesday night. He now has nine goals and 10 assists in that span.

BLUE JACKETS -- C Dan Fritsche, an Ohio native, had a six-game point streak broken Tuesday night but remains the Jackets' hottest player with four goals and a pair of assists in his last seven games.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- C Matthew Lombardi hasn't registered a point since the acquisition of Craig Conroy.

BLUE JACKETS -- Former Rocket Richard Trophy winner Rick Nash has just one goal in his last 15 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 16.7% (46-275, 20th); Columbus 16.1% (50-311, 23rd).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.1% (25th); Columbus 81.6% (21st).

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- F Byron Ritchie (foot) is questionable. D Rhett Warrener (arm) is probable. RW Chuck Kobasew (elbow), RW Darren McCarty (hernia) and D Richie Regehr (concussion) are out.

BLUE JACKETS -- G Pascal Leclaire (knee) and D Duvie Westcott (concussion) are out.


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