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Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES (37-19-6)

OTTAWA SENATORS (23-28-10)

TONIGHT, 5:30 P.M. SCOTIABANK PLACE TV: PAY-PER-VIEW RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN

Sunday's bizarre 8-6 loss to the Lightning ended Calgary's winning streak at four games.

The Senators have lost five of six, the latest a 4-3 OT defeat to Toronto Saturday.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Calgary has won the last four meetings, including a 6-3 clash at the 'Dome in December. The Flames are 11-9-4 all-time against the Sens. However, they are 3-5-5 in the nation's capital.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 19% (52-273, 15th); Ottawa 18.7% (47-251, 17th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 85.7% (3rd); Ottawa 81.5% (15th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- LW Andre Roy (concusion), C Daymond Langkow (hand) and LW Brandon Prust (concussion) day-to-day. C Wayne Primeau (broken foot), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder), LW Rene Bourque (ankle) and D Mark Giordano (shoulder) out.

SENATORS -- RW Chris Neil (calf), D Alexandre Picard (lower body) and D Christoph Schubert (groin) day-to-day.

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. IGGY'S ON A ROLL: Jarome Iginla's second five-point game this season, which is a career mark he hadn't reached before this campaign, has him on a tear reminiscent of those great runs of the past. He's netted six goals and 13 points in a six-game span. Iginla now seems poised for an eighth straight 30-goal season and with an outside shot at 40.

2. TRADE WINDS BLOWING: The Senators' playoff hopes are done and will be sellers before tomorrow's trade deadline. GM Bryan Murray is hoping to re-sign rugged W Chris Neil, but it appears he and D Filip Kuba should have their bags packed. D Christoph Schubert is likely to be moved, while F Antoine Vermette and Jason Spezza are being rumoured.

3. SHUT THE DOOR: That the Flames surrendered eight goals isn't a huge surprise. That it came against a Lightning club that's near the bottom of the league is the shocker. Calgary is a better defensive team than that, so the onus will be to be that much better against an Ottawa club that's ahead of only the Islanders and Rangers in goals for on a per-game basis.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

G Miikka Kiprusoff: The netminder has a history of turning in strong bounce-back games after a rough outing. Sunday's performance -- five goals on 19 shots before receiving the hook after the second period -- was about as bad as it's been this season for Kiprusoff. With a day between games all but once during this trip, it's a good bet Kiprusoff will see plenty of action over the next couple of weeks.

SENATORS

LW Dany Heatley: The Calgary kid is just about on pace for a fourth consecutive 40-goal season, and you can bet he'll have some extra jump playing his hometown team, which he hasn't done all that often over his seven-year NHL career. Heatley has only faced the Flames seven times. He hasn't had all that much success personally, with one goal, four assists and a minus-six rating over those contests.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

Bad omen? Maybe. Or just an inconvenience. The Flames were delayed getting out of Calgary because of mechanical problems with their chartered plane and had to wait for another to arrive to take them across the country. Instead of leaving in the morning, they didn't depart until the late afternoon. Because they didn't practise, it's not known how close C Daymond Langkow, LW Andre Roy or RW Brandon Prust are to returning ... Jarome Iginla was named the NHL's second star of the week, but he isn't the only Flames player on an offensive roll. LW Michael Cammalleri has collected four goals and four assists in a three-game spree ... With his goal against the Lightning, C Craig Conroy snapped a goal-scoring drought that had reached 18 games ... For those wondering how close the Flames are to clinching a playoff spot and division title, here are a couple of scenarios to consider. With a .500 record to finish the season, the Flames will reach 100 points. The Ducks, currently eighth in the Western Conference need to run the table to reach 103 points. Also, should the Flames post a 10-10 mark the rest of the way, The Canucks would not take the Northwest title even with a 14-6 mark. The Flames would have one more win in that scenario, the first tie-breaker. Vancouver has won the season-series ... New Jersey G Martin Brodeur has been keeping an eye on Miikka Kiprusoff's quest for 50 wins and his record of 48 in a season and talked about it during a conference call yesterday: "He's definitely got a shot at it. He's got lots of games left. You still got to win them, but I think definitely in Calgary, it's a pretty good hockey club there, so he'll have a great chance." Brodeur knows the number of games needed for a top goalie on a top team to have a shot at it, added: "I appreciate a goalie that wants to be in the net, wants to be successful every day. I think he's definitely on his way of getting close or beating my record. Hopefully he'll get 50. I think it will be a great mark for a goaltender to get."

FLAMES SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Iginla 62 26 46 72

Cammalleri 61 33 30 63

Bertuzzi 57 15 28 43

Langkow 57 18 24 42

Bourque 58 21 19 40

Phaneuf 62 9 28 37

Conroy 62 7 29 36

Moss 62 16 15 31

Glencross 56 10 20 30

Lombardi 49 9 20 29

Aucoin 62 10 16 26

Sarich 62 2 17 19

Giordano 58 2 17 19

Boyd 56 10 7 17

Pardy 48 1 8 9

Nystrom 56 3 5 8

Regehr 60 0 7 7

Lundmark 7 2 3 5

Primeau 24 0 4 4

Roy 37 3 0 3

Vandermeer 25 0 3 3

Prust 25 1 1 2

Van Der Gulik 2 0 0 0

Peters 2 0 0 0

Greentree 2 0 0 0

GP GAA SV%

Kiprusoff 58 2.75 .907

McElhinney 7 3.55 .892

SENATORS SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Heatley 61 30 27 57

Alfredsson 59 18 38 56

Spezza 61 22 28 50

Vermette 61 9 19 28

Kuba 53 1 27 28

Fisher 57 9 14 23

Comrie 45 8 14 22

Campoli 55 6 15 21

Foligno 60 10 8 18

Kelly 61 7 10 17

Ruutu 57 5 10 15

Picard 47 6 8 14

Phillips 61 5 8 13

Winchester 55 3 9 12

Bell 32 4 7 11

Lee 36 2 9 11

Donovan 51 5 4 9

Shannon 14 3 3 6

Neil 44 2 4 6

Volchenkov 48 2 2 4

Schubert 35 1 3 4

Zubov 10 0 2 2

Smith 60 1 0 1

Regin 6 1 0 1

Bass 12 0 0 0

GP GAA SV%

Auld 33 2.44 .913

Elliott 17 2.84 .905


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