Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

ATLANTA THRASHERS (15-9-3)

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CALGARY FLAMES (18-8-3)

7:30 P.M., SPORTSNET/FAN960

COMING IN

Calgary ended its six-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Monday night. The Flames dropped two of the last three games on the trek, by the same score, but ended with four wins in the half-dozen outings to make it a successful run. The Flames also fell behind the Colorado Avalanche, albeit with games in hand, in the Northwest Division chase.

Atlanta arrives in Calgary holding a playoff position, but having a tough go this month. The Thrashers have lost two of three to start December, including a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Flames have four wins, five losses and one tie all-time against the Thrashers, but have won all four meetings at the Saddledome by a combined score 18-7. The last game in Calgary was a 4-1 win Feb. 13, 2007, with Daymond Langkow leading the way in a two-goal performance.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 19% (19-100, 18th); Atlanta 22% (22-100, 5th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.4% (14th); Atlanta 84.1% (T-5th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- D Cory Sarich (undisclosed) is out. D Robyn Regehr (undisclosed) is day-to-day. C Craig Conroy (undisclosed) didn't play much of the third period against Los Angeles.

THRASHERS -- G Kari Lehtonen (back) is out.

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

ZACH BOGOSIAN, DEFENCE

Did you know the Atlanta blueliner was tops among all NHL defenceman in goals heading into last night's action? Bogosian, the third overall pick in 2008, has nine goals this season already -- one shy of his total last season -- and 12 points.

JAY BOUWMEESTER, DEFENCE

Maybe Robyn Regehr will be able to return after missing last game, but if not, expect Bouwmeester to be counted on heavily. Bouwmeester -- who is near the top in average time on ice with nearly 27 minutes per game this season -- hit 30:45 in L.A.


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