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STEVE MACFARLANE

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

It was the flu, not his lower-body injury that kept Flames LW Curtis Glencross out of practice Monday morning.

Glencross hopes to make his return against his former team after sitting out six games.

"I feel a little weak today, but hopefully tomorrow's another day," said Glencross, whose Flames take on the Oilers tonight on New Year's Eve.

"I definitely want to be out there against them." Flames head coach Mike Keenan said he'd talk to trainers and come to a final decision after the morning skate ... D Dion Phaneuf hasn't scored in 19 games, but Keenan isn't worried about his young blueline star. "Numbers don't matter to me. I probably know more statistics about other players in the league than I do about our players," said Keenan. "I think he's done well. He plays in all situations, he's learned to play against the best players on other teams as well as a defender. He adds energy and enthusiasm. He's a force in every game that he plays. He's certainly recognized by the opposition as a force, and that's important" ... Glencross skated on a line with C Matthew Lombardi and RW David Moss yesterday. C Craig Conroy again joined the top unit between RW Jarome Iginla and LW Michael Cammalleri. LW Todd Bertuzzi, C Daymond Langkow and RW Rene Bourque -- arguably the team's best trio Monday night in the win over the Minnesota Wild -- remained together, and the fourth unit was comprised of LW Eric Nystrom, C Dustin Boyd, and RW Andre Roy with F Brett Sutter in the mix ... The Oilers were without star RW Ales Hemsky last night and are expected to leave him on the sidelines tonight as well ... Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff was given the day off yesterday. He leads all goaltenders with 34 games played and 21 wins ... The Flames have a 2-0-1-0 record against the Oilers on New Year's Eve (including a tie). Their overall New Year's Eve record is 9-7-3, but they're 9-5-3 in 17 games at the 'Dome to ring in the new year.


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