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Flames seek revenge against Oilers

Calgary Flames’ Matt Stajan and Florida Panthers’ Radek Dvorak scramble for the puck during the...

Calgary Flames’ Matt Stajan and Florida Panthers’ Radek Dvorak scramble for the puck during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, October 14, 2010. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

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The Calgary Flames began the 2010-11 season by getting shut out in Edmonton against the Oilers. More than a week later they are still waiting for their offense to get on track.

Having been blanked twice already in three games this year, the Flames close out a three-game homestand tonight versus the Oilers at the Saddledome.

Calgary was beaten 4-0 in Edmonton back on Oct. 7, halting a seven-game series winning streak over the Oilers. The Flames seemed to get on track in the opener of this residency, recording a 3-1 triumph over the Kings, but were then dealt a 3-0 defeat on Thursday by the Panthers.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 13 saves for Calgary, which failed to get any of its 27 shots by Florida's Tomas Vokoun.

"We were a team that played a very soft game," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "At the end of the day if you really want to score goals you've got to get into tough areas."

Calgary's top line of Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay have yet to post a point this season. The trio is a combined minus-four so far on the season.

The Flames did get Matt Stajan back into the lineup as the forward made his season debut after suffering a shoulder injury during the preseason. However, both Rene Bourque and Raitis Ivanans are doubtful due to head injuries.

Kiprusoff made 29 saves in the loss to the Oilers last week, while Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin stopped all 37 shots he faced in his 42nd career shutout.

Khabibulin then backstopped the Oilers to a 3-2 home victory over Florida on Sunday before turning aside 20 shots in Thursday's 4-2 loss in Minnesota, Edmonton's first setback of the season.

All four goals allowed came with the Oilers shorthanded, while the club went 1-for-7 on its chances with the man advantage. Dustin Penner and Tom Gilbert scored in the loss.

"They played well, it was their home opener," Penner said. "They were pretty jacked up. On special teams, we kind of let ourselves down."

The loss was Edmonton's 14th in a row in Minnesota. The Oilers will be looking to snap five-game slide at the Saddledome tonight.


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