SUN Hockey Pool

Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

TONIGHT, 7 P.M. SADDLEDOME TV: PPV/RADIO: FAN 960

CALGARY FLAMES (43-25-10)

COLORADO AVALANCHE (41-30-7)

COMING IN

A 3-2 win in Vancouver capped a perfect four-game road trip and extended the Flames' streak to six straight victories. Of the half-dozen teams they've dispatched during the run, only the Chicago Blackhawks are out of the playoff picture. The Avs have been keeping the pressure on the Flames with seven wins in their last nine games, including two straight. They've lost only one game in regulation since February.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The teams have split their previous six games this year with the Avalanche winning the last two meetings, both at the Pepsi Center. They will finish their regular-season schedules against each other Sunday in Denver.

WHO'S HOT

FLAMES -- C Daymond Langkow has a pair of goals and five points in his last two games. He had a hand in all three Flames tallies in Vancouver.

AVALANCHE -- G Peter Budaj was 10-0-2 in March, tying the franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in a single month.

WHO'S NOT

FLAMES -- F Byron Ritchie has no points in his last 16 appearances.

AVALANCHE -- Sophomore RW Marek Svatos has just a goal and an assist in 10 games.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.6% (71-382, 10th); Colorado 21.4% (76-355, 4th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.5% (23rd); Colorado 79.8% (25th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- RW David Moss (lower body) and D Dion Phaneuf (flu-like symptoms) are game-time decisions. RW Darren McCarty (hernia) and D Richie Regehr (concussion) are out.

AVALANCHE -- D Patrice Brisebois (back), D Jordan Leopold (wrist) and C Pierre Turgeon (calf) are out.

NOTABLE

Miikka Kiprusoff was named the NHL's first star for the week ending April 1.


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