Flames Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

TONIGHT, 7:30 P.M. SADDLEDOME TV: SPORTSNET RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN

Relying heavily on G Miikka Kiprusoff, the Flames came away with five of six possible points in three road games last week, losing to the Ducks in OT, then beating the Kings and Coyotes.

Winning for the fifth time in six games, the Canucks beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Sunday in Vancouver.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

They've split four decisions so far, with each winning a home and away game. Calgary holds the slight edge with a 2-1-1 record to Vancouver's 2-2-0 mark. The Canucks claimed the first two games of the season, including one in overtime. The Flames have won the last two.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.6% (47-252, T-16th); Vancouver 18.8% (46-244, T-14th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 85.4% (3rd); Vancouver 78.4% (25th).

INJURIES

CALGARY -- D Jim Vandermeer (ankle), C Wayne Primeau (foot), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out.

VANCOUVER -- C Rick Rypien (hernia) is out.

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

DIVISION DIVIDE: Desperation will be an understatement when it comes to the Canucks performance. They sit nine points behind the Northwest Division-leading Flames and need this one badly to keep themselves in the hunt for a top playoff seeding. Even more motivation is the idea these two teams could meet in a first-round playoff matchup.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON

FLAMES

LW Todd Bertuzzi: The big winger is coming off his best game as a Flame, at least offensively. Bertuzzi racked up four assists in the 7-5 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Saturday night. Now if he can just find a way to stay out of the penalty box. He took two minors back-to-back in the first period of that game, although the holding-the-stick call was questionable as the shaft got caught in his wristguard.

CANUCKS

RW Alexandre Burrows: Playing in his second game with the Sedin twins, Burrows netted a pair of assists in Sunday's win over the Habs, setting up goals for both Henrik and Daniel. The rotating door that leads to playing with the Sedins never seems to stop spinning, but as long as the 6-foot-1, 190-lb. agitator holds down that spot, Burrows should be especially fun to watch.

IN THE GROOVE: C Mats Sundin had a rocky start on the west coast, but the 38-year-old is making the most of his minutes right now. Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky said Sundin was the best player on the ice over the last 40 minutes as the Canucks climbed back from a three-goal deficit to win in the desert last week.

ATTENTION TO DETAILS: The Flames have earned points lately, but they haven't been playing well as a team. Not consistently, anyway. Worse than their up-and-down offence are the lulls they go through on a minute-by-minute or period-by-period basis. Their third period against the Phoenix Coyotes after amassing a 6-2 lead was atrocious defensively.

FLAMES SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Iginla 56 20 39 59

Cammalleri 55 29 26 55

Langkow 56 17 24 41

Bertuzzi 51 14 27 41

Bourque 56 19 18 37

Phaneuf 56 7 26 33

Conroy 56 6 23 29

Lombardi 43 8 19 27

Glencross 50 10 17 27

Moss 56 16 11 27

Aucoin 56 9 16 25

Giordano 56 2 17 19

Boyd 50 9 7 16

Sarich 56 2 13 15

Nystrom 50 3 5 8

Pardy 42 1 7 8

Regehr 54 0 6 6

Primeau 24 0 4 4

Roy 36 3 0 3

Vandermeer 20 0 2 2

Prust 21 1 1 2

Lundmark 3 0 2 2

Sutter 3 1 0 1

Peters 1 0 0 0

Backlund 1 0 0 0

GP GAA SV%

Kiprusoff 52 2.80 .905

McElhinney 6 3.38 .896

CANUCKS SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

D. Sedin 56 24 31 55

H. Sedin 56 11 40 51

Kesler 56 16 20 36

Demitra 43 15 19 31

Bieksa 47 8 23 31

Edler 54 6 21 27

Burrows 56 13 14 27

Bernier 55 12 14 26

Hansen 50 6 15 21

Wellwood 48 14 6 20

Raymond 50 9 11 20

Ohlund 56 4 15 19

Mitchell 56 3 14 17

Salo 34 3 11 14

Pyatt 48 7 7 14

Sundin 15 6 5 11

O'Brien 53 0 9 9

Hordichuk 52 4 1 5

Jaffray 14 2 2 4

Johnson 36 2 2 4

Rypien 5 2 0 2

Davison 23 0 2 2

Krog 4 1 0 1

Bolduc 5 0 1 1

Nycholat 14 0 1 1

Ouellet 3 0 0 0

GP GAA SV%

Luongo 29 2.60 .913

Sanford 19 2.59 .906


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