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Flames Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES (42-24-6)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (39-27-8)

TONIGHT, 5:30 P.M. MELLON ARENA TV: TSN RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN

Calgary -- Taking two of three games at home, the Flames saved their best for the Red Wings Monday night, beating the defending Stanley Cup champs 5-3 at home.

Pittsburgh -- Losing 3-1 at home to the Flyers Sunday, the Pens saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Flames came out on top in regulation at the Igloo in December of 2005. The Pens edged the Flames in OT at the Dome two years later.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Calgary -- Powerplay (19.3%, 61-316, 15th); penalty kill (84%, 3rd).

Pittsburgh -- Powerplay (16.9%, 55-326, 22nd); penalty kill (81.5%, 15th).

INJURIES

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

Pittsburgh -- D Philippe Boucher (foot), C Mike Zigomanis (shoulder) are out.

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

1. ENCORE -- The trick to beating the Pens is a lot like defeating the Detroit Red Wings. The Flames will have to be very disciplined. The Pens aren't as deadly on the man-advantage as the Wings, but they can make the best of any opportunity. Getting everything they can at the opposing goaltender will be critical. G Marc-Andre Fleury can be taken off his game.

2. GET PHYSICAL -- Watching the Philadelphia Flyers hand the Penguins a loss in Pittsburgh over the weekend, you had to take note of the way they battled their state rivals in the corners and in front of the net. The best recipe for beating a team as skilled as the Pens is a dash of hitting sprinkled over a bed of pounding. Make them pay for every inch of space.

3. LINE THEM UP

Whatever trio Flames head coach Mike Keenan puts out against dynamic duo of C Sidney Crosby and RW Evgeni Malkin won't necessarily have to outscore the Penguins stars to come away with a win, but they'll have to outwork them to keep them from doing too much damage. Checking the pair in the neutral zone before they get a head of steam is a good way to prevent an offensive outburst.

PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

LW Michael Cammalleri -- The diminutive sniper had trouble scoring during the Flames marathon road trip earlier this month, but he's netted two goals and racked up four points in the last two games at the Dome. This is the time of year that will likely determine whether Flames GM Darryl Sutter even makes an offer to the pending unrestricted free agent. Scoring gets tougher down the stretch in the NHL.

PENGUINS

C Sidney Crosby -- The Penguins star sits second in scoring behind teammate Evgeni Malkin, but Crosby is riding an incredible 13-game point streak. Racking up seven goals and 23 points over that stretch, Crosby has helped push the Penguins up the standings and into a more comfortable playoff position. His longest point drought this season has lasted three games, and it only happened twice.

IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

Penguins LW Chris Kunitz has counted six goals and 12 points in a dozen games with the Pens since coming over in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks last month.

The 29-year-old had 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) and led the Ducks with 148 hits through 62 games this season.

RECORD FIT TO BE TIED

Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff won his 42nd game Monday night against the Red Wings, tying the franchise record he set three years ago.

600 REASONS TO CELEBRATE

C Daymond Langkow earned the 600th point of his NHL career with an assist in the first period against the Red Wings.

MAKING A 'MARK IN BIGS

RW Jamie Lundmark wishes he could play against the Red Wings more often. He has three goals and two assists in two games against the defending champs. Spending most of this season in the minors with the AHL Quad City Flames, he's made the most of his opportunity with the big club, netting six goals and collecting 13 points in 17 NHL contests

CAMMALLERI HEATS IT UP

After a six-game stretch without a goal, LW Michael Cammalleri has tallied twice and added two assists in the last two games.

BOUCHER SEES BETTER TEAM

Penguins D Philippe Boucher, who's been sidelined for nearly two months because of foot surgery, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he's been struck by how his team has changed since Jan. 30. Specifically, Boucher's noticed the change since mid-February, when Dan Bylsma replaced Michel Therrien as coach.

"I've noticed the difference, how much better we play," Boucher said. "You can feel it in the locker-room, how much more fun the guys are having."

FLAMES SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Iginla 72 31 52 83

Cammalleri 71 36 39 75

Jokinen 66 29 25 54

Langkow 63 19 27 46

Conroy 72 10 34 44

Bertuzzi 57 15 28 43

Phaneuf 72 11 32 43

Bourque 58 21 19 40

Glencross 66 13 27 40

Moss 71 19 18 37

Aucoin 72 10 23 33

Boyd 66 11 11 22

Leopold 73 7 14 21

Sarich 72 2 18 20

Giordano 58 2 17 19

Lundmark 17 6 7 13

Pardy 51 1 9 10

Nystrom 66 4 5 9

Regehr 70 0 8 8

Vandermeer 35 0 4 4

Primeau 24 0 4 4

Roy 44 3 0 3

Van der Gulik 5 0 2 2

Peters 12 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 67 2.86 .904

McElhinney 10 3.78 .882

PENGUINS SCORING LEADERS

GP G A Pt.

Malkin 74 33 72 105

Crosby 69 28 67 95

Kunitz 74 22 25 47

Guerin 70 19 27 46

Sykora 68 24 21 45

Staal 74 20 21 41

Satan 65 17 19 36

Fedotenko 57 13 16 29

Kennedy 59 13 15 28

Letang 66 8 20 28

Cooke 68 9 18 27

Dupuis 63 10 14 24

Goligoski 45 6 14 20

Orpik 71 2 16 18

Talbot 68 10 8 18

Gonchar 17 6 9 15

Scuderi 73 1 11 12

Eaton 61 3 5 8

Boucher 39 2 5 7

Gill 55 1 6 7 Zigomanis 22 2 4 6 Adams 41 2 4 6 Minard 20 1 2 3

Thomas 16 2 1 3 Jeffrey 14 1 2 3

Godard 66 2 1 3 Taffe 8 0 2 2 Wallace 16 0 2 2 Bissonnette 15 0 1 1 Caputi 5 1 0 1

GP GAA SV%

Fleury 55 2.72 .911

Garon 18 3.25 .890

Curry 3 2.40 .913


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