Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

TONIGHT, 5 P.M. WACHOVIA CENTER TV: PPV RADIO: FAN 960

CALGARY FLAMES (38-19-6)

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (34-18-10)

COMING IN

The Flames rattled off five straight goals to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 Tuesday night, while a 4-2 win Tuesday night in Boston snapped Philadelphia's modest two-game losing skid.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Over the last 10 meetings, Calgary has managed three wins, four losses, one tie and a couple of overtime defeats.

Trips to Philly haven't been all bad for the Flames who are 2-1-2 in the last five visits dating back to the 1998-99 season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 19.1% (53-277, T-15th); Philadelphia 22% (53-241, 5th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 85.2% (3rd); Philadelphia 82.7% (9th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- LW Todd Bertuzzi (knee), C Wayne Primeau (broken foot), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder), C Daymond Langkow (hand), LW Rene Bourque (ankle) and D Mark Giordano (shoulder) are out.

FLYERS -- D Derian Hatcher (knee) is out.

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. ADDITIONAL IMPACT: By adding centre Olli Jokinen and defenceman Jordan Leopold at the deadline, the Flames have made a big statement. They want to win the Stanley Cup now. Tonight is the first chance to take that initial step. Sure, you don't win hockey's Holy Grail in the 64th game of the season, but it'll be interesting to see how the new guys are used.

2. WHO STEPS UP TONIGHT?: Sure, Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri have been on quite an offensive roll lately, but this team needs others to come through in the way David Moss did last outing with his first career hat-trick. Without all three parties of the club's second line, Calgary needs the likes of Curtis Glencross, Dustin Boyd and even Eric Nystrom to have a big game.

3. BETTER HAVE SPECIAL TEAMS: Calgary's powerplay has been much improved of late -- 6-for-14 in four games -- but the penalty-killing units are now leaving something to be desired by allowing five goals over 10 shorthanded situations the past couple of games. Philly has a top-level powerplay and solid PK, which is also a scoring threat.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

D Dion Phaneuf -- Quietly -- yeah, we know, he doesn't do much quietly -- Phaneuf has cobbled together a run of four points in five games. Sure, that's not a new twist to the defenceman's game, but he's also gone plus-five over the last four games and he's not been a minus player in nine straight outings. With the arrival of Jordan Leopold, he's probably looking at a new partner and a reduction in ice time.

FLYERS

C Mike Richards -- You can pick your poison with Philadelphia's top two centremen. Jeff Carter has scored 36 goals already, but Richards is as much of a threat, playing on the top line with Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble. Did you know over his career Richards has on three occasions scored shorthanded while defending a five-on-three powerplay? Yeah, he's the only player in NHL history with that claim to fame.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

Flames LW David Van der Gulik was returned to the AHL farm team yesterday, having played three games and collecting his first point. The move, combined with the trades which brought in C Olli Jokinen and D Jordan Leopold and saw C Matthew Lombardi and LW Brandon Prust go to Phoenix, leaves Calgary with seven defencemen on the roster ... The Flames announced LW Todd Bertuzzi had surgery on his knee and is expected to miss a month, which should make him OK for the playoffs ... Calgary has won five straight on the road and gone 5-0-1 since GM Darryl Sutter addressed the troops following a Feb. 3 loss in Dallas ... Calgary now has a record of 9-1-1 against Eastern Conference teams this season. Philadelphia has a 7-5-3 mark against the West ... RW Jarome Iginla is five goals behind LW Michael Cammalleri for top spot on the team, having tallied six times in four games and eight times in seven outings. He's cranked out eight goals and seven assists over the last seven games ... A move made by Calgary likely lost in the shuffle was the deal that saw goalie prospect Kevin Lalande dealt to Columbus for a fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft. Lalande, a fifth-round selection in 2005, has appeared in six games this season with the Quad City Flames and staked a 4-1-1 record ... Philadelphia is even in goals for-goals against in both the first period (53-53) and second period (68-68) but has outscored its opposition by an impressive 72-49 count in the third period ... Flyers C Jeff Carter did not register a point in overtime in any of his three previous NHL seasons, but leads the league this year with three goals and six points in overtime this year. Carter's six overtime points are a single-season record for a Flyers player and his three OT goals matches the club record set by D Joni Pitkanen in 2005-06 ... The Flyers have had 19 games go past regulation play, behind only the New York Rangers (20) ... Philly is the only team in the NHL to not allow a shorthanded goal this season.

FLAMES SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Iginla 63 28 46 74

Cammalleri 62 33 31 64

Bertuzzi 57 15 28 43

Jokinen 57 21 21 42

Langkow 57 18 24 42

Bourque 58 21 19 40

Conroy 63 7 31 38

Phaneuf 63 9 28 37

Moss 63 19 15 34

Glencross 57 10 21 31

Aucoin 63 10 17 27

Leopold 64 6 14 20

Sarich 63 2 17 19

Giordano 58 2 17 19

Boyd 57 10 7 17

Pardy 49 1 9 10

Nystrom 57 3 5 8

Regehr 61 0 8 8

Lundmark 8 2 4 6

Primeau 24 0 4 4

Roy 38 3 0 3

Vandermeer 26 0 3 3

Peters 3 1 0 1

Van der Gulik 3 0 1 1

GP GAA SV%

Kiprusoff 59 2.76 .906

McElhinney 7 3.55 .892

FLYERS SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Carter 62 36 29 65

Richards 59 24 40 64

Gagne 59 26 32 58

Hartnell 62 22 24 46

Knuble 62 22 18 40

Lupul 59 18 20 38

Timonen 57 3 27 30

Coburn 60 7 16 23

Carle 56 5 13 18

Alberts 59 1 11 12

Asham 58 5 6 11

Giroux 22 4 7 11

Vaananen 46 1 9 10

Carcillo 54 3 7 10

Briere 11 5 4 9

Powe 40 4 3 7

Sbisa 39 0 7 7

Jones 29 3 2 5

Nodl 29 1 3 4

Kalinski 12 1 2 3

Gratton 19 1 2 3

Cote 50 0 3 3

Kukkonen 22 0 2 2

GP GAA SV%

Biron 38 2.86 .910

Niittymaki 27 2.59 .916


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