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Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

DETROIT RED WINGS (48-15-9)

CALGARY FLAMES (41-24-6)

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

COMING IN

A disappointing 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues Friday has the Flames on a slide with two wins in seven games.

The Wings arrive on a four-game win streak, the latest a 6-3 win over Atlanta.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Flames are 1-1-1 this season against the defending Stanley Cup champs. Calgary has only two wins in the last seven meetings overall, but a 4-2-1 mark in the last seven clashes at the Saddledome.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 19.2% (60-312, 16th); Detroit 26.4% (84-318, 1st).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84% (3rd); Detroit 77.9% (27th).

INJURIES

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

RED WINGS -- RW Tomas Holmstrom (knee) is day-to-day. D Andreas Lilja (concussion) is out.

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

STAY OUT OF THE BOX: Detroit has the league's top powerplay and blitzed the Flames for three goals in the last meeting. Detroit's crew is even better on the road (27.7%) than at home (25.2). The loss of Tomas Holmstrom, expected to be out due to a knee injury, will have an impact on the powerplay, but Detroit has too many weapons to give up chance after chance.

KEEPING WING STARS IN CHECK: In Friday's 6-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers, Henrik Zetterberg collected four assists, Pavel Datsyuk scored a goal to keep his lead on the team's scoring race and Marian Hossa racked up two points. Calgary likely needs its best players to be better than the Red Wings' top skaters.

GOALS, GOALS, GOALS: Over the three meetings this season, the Wings and Flames have collectively scored 24 goals, plus a shootout winner. Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff has been up and down of late, while Red Wings No.-1 goalie Chris Osgood has constantly been considered the team's biggest question mark.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

RW Jarome Iginla: In the pre-lockout days of his career, Iginla collected all kinds of goals and points against the Wings, but hasn't since the lost season. In the 15 regular-season games between the teams since the start of the 2005-06 season, Iginla has only collected seven points, all assists. This season, he's netted only one assist in three meetings.

RED WINGS

LW Johan Franzen: Already at the 30-goal mark, the first-line left-winger has not lit it up against Calgary over his career (two goals, five points in 14 games).

In the last meeting, he drew the ire of the Flames for laying on the ice after a single punch from Jim Vandermeer amidst a scrum in which he took swings at Vandermeer and Adrian Aucoin.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

Injured LW Todd Bertuzzi took part in yesterday's practice without a cautionary jersey. It's the first time Bertuzzi has skated with his team since knee surgery March 4, and only his fourth day back on the ice. Bertuzzi skated on a line with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen. "He certainly showed he's getting closer and looked sharp in the portion of the practice he participated in," head coach Mike Keenan said. "I'll check to see how he responds after the skate, but he's definitely getting closer. Now I would say, if I get a good report from the trainer, he's day-to-day."

RUGGED ROY IN CAST

The news isn't so good for LW Andre Roy. Keenan said Roy will be "out for a bit" with a hand injury and will be wearing a cast on his right hand for the next while. Keenan said Roy didn't suffer any broken bones, and the cast is to prevent him from moving his hand.

BOURQUE EYES RETURN

LW Rene Bourque said he plans to skate today and begin ramping up his return from a high-ankle sprain suffered Feb. 19

DOGS DO FLAMES A FAVOUR

Calgary received a break from the Phoenix Coyotes thanks to their 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks late Saturday night. The loss leaves Vancouver three points back of Calgary in the Northwest Division chase. "It doesn't hurt," said right winger Jarome Iginla. "They did us a favour. But at the same time, there are a lot of games left, a lot of points on the board."

GOING FOUR MAGIC 30

Detroit has two players already at the 30-goal mark (Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa) and two who need one more goal to reach that mark (Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg). The last time the Red Wings had four, 30-goal scorers was 2001-02 (Brendan Shanahan, Sergei Fedorov, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille).

FLAMES SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Iginla 71 31 52 83

Cammalleri 70 35 37 72

Jokinen 65 29 25 54

Langkow 62 19 25 44

Bertuzzi 57 15 28 43

Phaneuf 71 10 32 42

Conroy 71 9 33 42

Bourque 58 21 19 40

Glencross 65 12 26 38

Moss 70 19 16 35

Aucoin 71 10 22 32

Boyd 65 10 12 22

Leopold 72 7 14 21

Sarich 71 2 18 20

Giordano 58 2 17 19

Lundmark 16 5 6 11

Pardy 51 1 9 10

Nystrom 65 4 5 9

Regehr 69 0 8 8

Vandermeer 34 0 4 4

Primeau 24 0 4 4

Roy 44 3 0 3

Van der Gulik 4 0 2 2

Peters 11 1 0 1

Sutter 4 1 0 1

Chucko 2 0 0 0

Greentree 2 0 0 0

Backlund 1 0 0 0

GP GAA SV%

Kiprusoff 66 2.85 .904

McElhinney 10 3.78 .882

RED WINGS SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Datsyuk 71 29 59 88

Zetterberg 67 29 38 67

Hossa 66 36 28 64

Rafalski 72 10 44 54

Hudler 72 21 33 53

Franzen 61 30 21 51

Lidstrom 69 13 37 50

Kronwall 70 4 40 44

Samuelsson 71 18 21 39

Cleary 64 14 24 38

Filppula 70 10 27 37

Holmstrom 44 14 17 31

Kopecky 69 6 13 19

Draper 71 7 10 17

Lebda 56 6 10 16

Stuart 57 1 13 14

Lilja 60 2 11 13

Maltby 68 5 6 11

Leino 13 5 4 9 Meech 37 2 5 7

Downey 4 1 1 2

McCarty 13 1 0 1

Ericsson 9 0 1 1

Helm 16 0 1 1

Chelios 22 0 0 0

GP GAA SV%

Osgood 39 3.14 .885

Conklin 36 2.45 .911


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