SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

8 P.M., CBC/FAN 960

COMING IN

It's the season opener, so there are no real winning or losing streaks. The Canucks had a great pre-season -- a franchise best 7-0-2 -- while the Flames posted a 3-2-2 mark. Vancouver won both pre-season meetings via shootouts.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

A big reason the Canucks won the Northwest Division title in 2008-09 was head-to-head success. Calgary won only two of the six meetings and ended the season series with a 2-2-2 mark.

By comparison, the Canucks posted a 4-2-0 mark, which included the 6-0 thumping they handed the Flames in the season opener.

SPECIAL TEAMS

LAST SEASON

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17% (61-358, 21st); Vancouver 18.8% (67-357, T16th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 83.4% (4th); Vancouver 81.4% (16th).

QUOTE TO NOTE

"I'm not caught up in what's happened in the past. It's a new year and we're excited about it."

-- Brent Sutter

INJURIES

FLAMES -- D Cory Sarich missed a week due to a foot injury, practised for a couple of days, but didn't hit the ice yesterday and left the rink limping. RW Brian McGrattan (shoulder) is about a week away from action following off-season surgery.

CANUCKS -- The visitors are missing a trio of players as RW Jannik Hansen (hand), C/RW Pavol Demitra (shoulder) and D Mathieu Schneider (shoulder) are all out.

WHO TO WATCH

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THESE TWO PLAYERS IN TONIGHT'S GAME

JAY BOUWMEESTER, DEFENCE

The team's biggest off-season acquisition quietly went through training camp thanks to Theoren Fleury's comeback attempt. Bouwmeester will likely lead the Flames in ice time with his abilities at both ends of the ice. He's on the first powerplay unit.

ROBERTO LUONGO, GOALIE

Vancouver's team captain is certainly the backbone of the team. Sure, the Canucks have their share of talent up front with the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler and a very good defence corps, but Luongo remains the glue that holds the team together.


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