SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

ST. LOUIS BLUES (16-14-5)

AT

CALGARY FLAMES (20-11-4)

7:30 P.M., TSN/FAN960

COMING IN

Calgary dropped a 5-3 game Saturday to the Nashville Predators, which leaves the Flames with just one win in their last five games. After an excellent November, Calgary has a 3-5-1 mark in December and a disappointing 9-6-1 home record.

The Blues arrive in Calgary looking to sweep Western Canada. After beating Vancouver 3-1 Sunday, they smoked the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 the next night, in part thanks to four powerplay goals.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Blues scored a 4-3 win over the Flames just over a week ago in St. Louis, which is just the third time St. Louis has beat Calgary in the last 12 games. The Flames, who won the first meeting of the season 2-1 in overtime last month, have a 16-3-1 record in the last 20 meetings and a 9-2-1 mark in the last dozen tilts.

QUOTE TO NOTE

"In the East, there's a few teams that have pulled away, but that hasn't happened in the West. It makes you realize as a player how important each and every point is. You have to get points, any points, no matter what. That has to be our focus."

-- Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.7% (23-123, 16th); St. Louis 17% (22-128, 23rd).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 82.5% (12th); St. Louis 85.9% (2nd).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- D Cory Sarich (undisclosed).

BLUES -- D Eric Brewer (back) and LW D.J. King (hand) are out.

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

DION PHANEUF, D

After going 19 games without a goal, the big-shooting, hard-hitting defenceman has scored in consecutive games for the first time since mid-October. It's no coincidence Calgary's powerplay has also clicked once in each of the last four outings (4-for-16).

ALEX STEEN, RW

Playing on a fourth line with Patrik Berglund and Brad Winchester, the former Toronto Maple Leafs forward is coming off a career game, with one goal and three assists in the win over Edmonton. Steen has two goals and six points in his last five games.


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