SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

7:30 P.M., SPORTSNET/FAN 960

COMING IN

A 4-3 win over Montreal Tuesday gives the Flames their first three-game winning streak to start a season since the 1993-94 campaign. The Oilers erased one-goal deficits three times Tuesday at home before beating Dallas 5-4 in a shootout for their first victory of the season.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Nikolai Khabibulin's last-minute gaffe -- he misplayed the puck and David Moss was Johnny-on-the-spot for the game-winner -- was the key play to Calgary's 3-2 victory last Saturday. The Flames were 3-3-0 against the Oilers last season -- one of those victories was in a shootout -- and 89-81-22 versus Edmonton all time.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 71.4% (5-7, 1st); Edmonton 25% (2-8, T-15th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 75% (T-16th); Edmonton 55.6% (T-27th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- RW Brian McGrattan (shoulder) received clearance to play after off-season surgery. D Cory Sarich (foot) remains out.

OILERS -- RW Fernando Pisani (back) is out. C Marc Pouliot (groin) is day to day.

QUOTABLE

"You've always got to prepare like your opponent will be tough, and playing within your own division just makes it tougher. I'm not worried about what we did two games ago."

-- Head coach Brent Sutter on facing an Oilers team that may be grumpy about losing in the final minute last meeting.

WHO TO WATCH\ Keep your eye on these two players in tonight's game

ERIC NYSTROM, C/LW

Honesty prevented the energy liner from posting his first career hat trick against the Canadiens -- he immediately told everyone the third goal he was credited with didn't touch his stick. He also dropped the gloves in the victory over Montreal.

SAM GAGNER, C

He played just five minutes through the first two periods of Edmonton's season-opener against Calgary. A fight with Craig Conroy seems to have sparked him. He tied that game with a third-period goal and did the same in Tuesday's shootout win over Dallas.


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