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Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. Star-ry springboard -- As comforting as Wednesday's 2-1 win over Dallas was, it was just the second win for the Flames in six outings. Remember, the elation of a 6-5 shootout victory in Detroit was quashed quickly in an 8-6 loss to Toronto a couple of nights later. The Flames can't afford too many more of those false starts.

2. Playoff-bound Blues? -- Don't scoff. When the calendar flipped to February, St. Louis was last in the Western Conference, three points behind the 14th-place team -- and appeared destined to be a lottery-pick squad. But they've been good enough in the past six weeks to pull within striking distance of a playoff spot.

3. More rough stuff -- The three games between the two so far this season have had a lot of bad blood, much to do with Blues F Cam Janssen. He raised the ire in the first meeting with an elbow that broke Brandon Prust's jaw, had to fight both Andre Roy and Cory Sarich in the second meeting, and caught Roy with an ugly elbow the last time the two teams faced off.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

Jamie Lundmark -- Who saw this coming? In 15 games with the Flames this season, the ninth overall pick from the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, who appeared destined for a career in the minors or in Europe, has five goals and 11 points. Moreover, he's scored three times in three games, and all have been key goals. As injuries mounted, the Flames needed somebody to fill the void, and Lundmark has provided his share.

BLUES

Brad Boyes -- The Blues leading scorer by a wide margin, Boyes entered last night's game in Vancouver one goal shy of the 30-goal mark. In three games this season, Boyes has scored twice against Calgary, both on the powerplay. His plus-minus isn't a sight to relish (minus-18 before the Canucks game), but the Maple Leafs first-round choice in the 2000 draft has the offensive flair and finishing touch to make the difference.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

The Flames received both good news and bad news on the injury front yesterday. LW Andre Roy is listed as day-to-day with an 'upper-body' injury suffered Wednesday night, although the fact he didn't practice yesterday doesn't bode well for tonight's clash. The good news, although the benefit won't be seen for some time yet, is that both LW Todd Bertuzzi (knee surgery) and LW Rene Bourque (high ankle sprain) both took to the ice for the first time since being sidelined. Bertuzzi had surgery March 4, while Bourque was injured Feb. 19. Neither is expected to return for another couple of weeks. "Once they're cleared to play, then it's a coaching decision, but they're not even close at this point. They're making progress," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan ... Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff is looking for his 42nd win of the season, which would equal his franchise record set in the 2005-06 season ... Calgary is a solid team at the faceoff dot, and it was made apparent the other night against Dallas. The Flames won 66% of the draws, led by Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri -- who are both wingers -- winning nine of 10. Even Olli Jokinen, whose success rate is 43%, won four of seven draws ... Blues G Chris Mason made his 22nd consecutive start last night in Vancouver and appears to be the go-to guy until the end of the season. "Because we were rotating goalies earlier in the year, we've managed (Mason's) energy level," Blues coach Andy Murray said after the Edmonton game. "We're not a team that gives up a lot of shots, normally, so he's fresh and ready to go." ... St. Louis has posted a respectable 9-6-1 record in the second portion of games on back-to-back nights ... When Blues C Keith Tkachuk scored his 20th goal of the season March 10 against Dallas, it marked the 15th time in his career that he has scored at least 20 goals ... C/RW Brad Boyes has been in on 30 of the Blues' first 63 powerplay goals this season.


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