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Flames Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

7 P.M., SPORTSNET/FAN 960

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (16-20-9)

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CALGARY FLAMES (24-12-5)

COMING IN

Calgary had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night with a 4-1 loss in Minnesota against the Wild. The Flames have won three straight at home but still have a good-but-not-great 12-7-2 record at the Saddledome this season.

The Blue Jackets have been in freefall since mid-November. They headed into Edmonton for last night's clash having lost four straight and with just one win in 14 games, although they escaped Rexall Place with a 4-2 victory over the Oilers to snap their losing skid.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This is the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Calgary has won the past two, including a 6-3 clash at the Saddledome back in October. The Flames have an all-time home record of 12-3-2 against Columbus and have won four straight Stampede City meetings.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17.6% (26-148, 18th); Columbus 20.6% (34-165, 8th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84% (8th); Columbus 81.2% (14th).

INJURIES

FLAMES -- C Craig Conroy (foot/ankle) is out.

BLUE JACKETS -- D Mike Commodore (undisclosed) is day-to-day. D Marc Methot (shoulder), RW Derek Dorsett (hand) and D Rostislav Klesla (groin) are out. Both LW Raffi Torres (flu) and LW Alexandre Picard (leg) are expected back.

Keep your eye on these two players in tonight's game

OLLI JOKINEN, CENTRE

After playing 11 games without scoring a goal, the second-line centre has tallied in consecutive games. Jokinen has been better offensively on the road this season. Of nine goals and 29 points, only three goals and nine points have come at the Saddledome.

RICK NASH, RIGHT-WINGER

Nash has struggled to score of late -- no goals in six games going into Edmonton and just one tally in nine outings -- but facing the Flames has been a good thing for him this season. In three previous meetings, Nash has tallied twice and assisted a pair of other goals.


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