Flames Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. Miller time: Goalie Ryan Miller was outstanding as the Sabres racked up seven wins in 10 January games before the all-star break, allowing 13 goals in those victories. He had a rough outing against the Lightning, allowing five goals on the first 21 shots, but couldn't be faulted for his only other loss this month as he stopped 45 of 48 against the Red Wings.

2. Slumpbuster: Jarome Iginla scored for the first time in nine games in the Flames' final contest before the break, then scored for the first time in five all-star appearances. His first four months of the season haven't been his best in terms of goals, but he tends to rack them up in big chunks when he starts a streak. He'll try to carry his momentum forward after a day off Monday following a busy weekend in Montreal.

3. Self motivators: The Flames are up almost 10 points in the Northwest Division standings, and the chances of them missing the playoffs are slim. Even if they finish the year at a .500 pace, they'll have 96 points, which should be plenty. That means they'll have to keep themselves sharp the final few months. Games like these against Eastern clubs they don't see often might be tougher to get up for.

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PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

LW Michael Cammalleri -- The 26-year-old has a six-game point streak going, with eight goals and 10 points in the half-dozen matches. He's also got a history of going head-to-head with Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. The two were NCAA rivals, have faced off in the NHL and went at it in a shootout at the AHL all-star game during the lockout. Cammalleri scored a highlight-reel goal in that showdown.

SABRES

RW Jason Pominville -- The Sabres' second-round pick in 2001 has gradually become a star. Pominville brings a five-game point streak into tonight's game after assisting last night in Edmonton. He's not on pace to break his career high of 80 points set last season, but the 26-year-old has been his team's best setup man since Daniel Briere left town.

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COMING IN

In a shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Saddledome last Wednesday, the Flames got the winning goal from LW Todd Bertuzzi in his first game back from injury.

Led by Drew Stafford's hat-trick, the Sabres thumped the Oilers 10-2 in Edmonton last night and have won four times in their past five games.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Sabres squeaked out a shootout victory in their last meeting in 2006-07, when the Flames visited Buffalo and lost 3-2. It was just their second meeting since the lockout. Calgary claimed the first one in 2006 with a 4-1 win at home.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 19.2% (41-213, 13th); Buffalo 20.1% (41-204, 11th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 85.7% (4th); Buffalo 86.2% (3rd).

INJURIES

CALGARY -- C Wayne Primeau (broken foot), RW Brandon Prust (fractured jaw), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out.

BUFFALO -- D Andrej Sekera (lower body), D Teppo Numminen (jaw), D Henrik Tallinder (shoulder) RW Maxim Afinogenov (groin), RW Patrick Kaleta (neck) are out.


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