SUN Hockey Pool

Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

COMING IN

Looking to win a sixth straight on one road trip for the first time in their history, the Calgary Flames managed to pull off another clutch victory in the third period Sunday with a 5-3 decision over the St. Louis Blues. They climbed into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference heading into last night's games, just one point out of the division lead.

As for the Blue Jackets, they've earned points in five of their last seven games.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Flames fell 4-3 in overtime Dec. 1 at the Saddledome, as W Curtis Glencross scored a pair, including the winner.

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WHO'S HOT

FLAMES -- Against the Blues, LW Kristian Huselius added his second five-point night in three games, and RW Jarome Iginla potted his sixth and seventh tallies of the last four games.

BLUE JACKETS -- Former Calgary Hitmen star C Kris Beech has two goals in his last three contests.

WHO'S NOT

FLAMES -- F Mark Smith has just one helper and a minus-5 rating in 24 games.

BLUE JACKETS -- RW Rick Nash is pointless in his last four contests.

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SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17.4% (26-149, 17th); Columbus 15.2% (24-158, 24th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 78.6% (26th); Columbus 86.8% (4th).

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INJURIES

FLAMES -- F Dustin Boyd (neck) is day-to-day, D Rhett Warrener (leg/ankle) and David Moss (ankle) are out.

BLUE JACKETS -- LW Fred Modin (back), LW Alexandre Picard (knee) and RW David Vyborny (hip) are out.

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NOTABLES

About a dozen Flames took to the IceHouse practice rink attached to the Nationwide Arena yesterday in an optional skate after a fifth-straight win ... The Flames will make their annual holiday visit to the Alberta Children's Hospital to distribute toys Thursday after practice back in Calgary.


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