Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

TONIGHT, 5 P.M. PRUDENTIAL CENTER TV: PAY-PER-VIEW RADIO: FAN 960

CALGARY FLAMES (39-21-6)

NEW JERSEY DEVILS (42-20-3)

COMING IN

After starting their seven-game road trip with a pair of wins, the Flames have lost two straight disappointing outings, following up a one-sided defeat in Carolina with a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers Sunday.

The Devils had a four-game winning streak end with a thud Saturday in a 7-3 thumping at the hands of the 30th-place New York Islanders.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In their last 10 tilts against the Devils, the Flames have a 5-3-1-1 mark. In their last 10 trips to New Jersey, Calgary has a 6-4-0 mark.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.8% (54-288, 16th); New Jersey 19.6% (47-240, 13th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84.8% (3rd); New Jersey 81.4% (16th).

INJURIES

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

DEVILS -- None.

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TOP TRIO?: After combining for three goals and seven points in their first game together, the combo of Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Michael Cammalleri has all but disappeared the last couple of games. Iginla scored twice in the losses, but that's pretty much all we've seen out of the top trio since the Flames left Philly.

2. BEWARE THE ZACH ATTACK: Remember that youngster from Shattuck-St. Mary's who tore up the Mac's tournament three years in a row? Zach Parise is now on the cusp of being a bonafide NHL star. With 38 goals, he's second in that department to only Alex Ovechkin. With 78 points, he's in the top five in league scoring.

3. WHO STEPS UP?: Having lost two straight, the Flames are getting offensive production from Jarome Iginla -- although the defensive performance the last couple of games has left something to be desired -- and not much else. Without their whole second line, the Flames need some other players to bring a big game.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

G Miikka Kiprusoff -- He's coming off a sub-par outing in Atlanta and will be motivated to get his game back on track. He also has quite a goalie at the other end to face in Martin Brodeur. Kiprusoff has 39 wins on the season, which leaves him nine short of tying Brodeur's NHL mark for most victories in a regular season. In three career starts against the Devils, Kipper has an 0-2-1 mark with a 2.77 GAA.

DEVILS

G Martin Brodeur -- He can't set any records tonight, but the sure-fire Hall-of-Fame netminder has the opportunity to take a step forward in his quest for a pair of major achievements. He needs three wins to tie Patrick Roy's mark of 551 in the regular season and three shutouts to equal Terry Sawchuk's mark of 103. In his career against the Flames, Brodeur's record is 6-4-3 with a 1.97 GAA.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

The Flames returned LW David Van der Gulik to AHL Quad City yesterday in anticipation of RW David Moss returning to the lineup after missing the last game due to the death of his grandmother ... Tonight's game will be a chance for a couple of ex-Red Deer Rebels to catch up with their former coach Brent Sutter, who now guides the New Jersey Devils. Of course, it also means a little extra is on the line. "Absolutely. It's like playing against old teammates," said Flames D Jim Vandermeer. "You want to be the one with bragging rights and smiling after the game. Hopefully, we can have a smile instead of what we've been doing the last couple of days." LW Brett Sutter also is hoping to show his former coach, and uncle, he's learned plenty from his time in Red Deer. "I learned a lot in the two years I played for him, so it'll be exciting to play against him now at the next level. He told me what kind of player I needed to be to make the jump, and I pretty much stuck to what he told me. It's nice to be here and I guess, in a way, I'd like to show I learned a lot." ... Flames LW Curtis Glencross has tried out a newly designed stick by Salming, which has a slight bow to it just before the shaft meets the blade. "It's kinda weird," Glencross said. "You're trying to catch a pass on your backhand, and it feels like your stick is over. I like to use my backhand a lot. It would take some getting used to." The bow is to help create more whip when firing the puck, which Glencross said he did notice ... New Jersey has reached the 40-win mark for the 12th straight season. The streak of a dozen consecutive 40-win seasons represents the longest current stretch in the league. Twelve straight also ties Boston (1968-69 through 79-80) for the second longest stretch in NHL history (13, set by the Montreal Canadiens 70-71 through 1982-83) ... The seven goals surrendered by the Devils to the Islanders Saturday was a season-high ... Devils RW Brendan Shanahan became just the 12th NHLer to play 1,500 regular-season games.

FLAMES SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Iginla 66 30 48 78

Cammalleri 65 34 33 67

Jokinen 60 23 21 44

Bertuzzi 57 15 28 43

Langkow 57 18 24 42

Conroy 66 9 32 41

Bourque 58 21 19 40

Phaneuf 66 9 28 37

Moss 65 19 15 34

Glencross 60 10 24 34

Aucoin 66 10 18 28

Leopold 67 7 14 21

Giordano 58 2 17 19

Sarich 66 2 17 19

Boyd 60 10 8 18

Pardy 50 1 9 10

Nystrom 60 3 5 8

Regehr 64 0 8 8

Lundmark 11 2 5 7

Primeau 24 0 4 4

Roy 40 3 0 3

Vandermeer 29 0 3 3

Van der Gulik 4 0 2 2

Peters 6 1 0 1

Sutter 4 1 0 1

GP GAA SV%

Kiprusoff 61 2.77 .906

McElhinney 8 3.94 .881

DEVILS SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Parise 65 38 40 78

Elias 65 26 43 69

Langenbrun. 64 21 35 56

Zajac 65 18 36 54

Gionta 64 15 35 50

Zubrus 65 13 21 34

Clarkson 65 15 13 28

Oduya 65 6 20 26

Martin 56 4 20 24

Rolston 47 12 11 23

Madden 59 6 16 22

White 59 1 15 16

Havelid 64 2 13 15

Salvador 59 3 9 12

Mottau 63 1 11 12

Pandolfo 53 4 5 9

Holik 47 4 4 8

Shanahan 18 4 4 8

Rupp 57 3 5 8

Greene 41 1 7 8

Salmela 17 0 3 3

Vrana 16 1 0 1

Bergfors 8 1 0 1

Leach 24 0 1 1

GP GAA SV%

Clemmensen 40 2.39 .917

Brodeur 15 2.15 .918

Weekes 14 2.27 .924


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