Game Day

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET


 GAME 4 -- VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT CALGARY FLAMES, 8 P.M., TV: CBC, RADIO: FAN 960

 COMING IN:

 The Canucks took a 2-1 series lead with Sunday's 2-1 win over the Flames. It was the first playoff home game for the Flames since April 23, 1996, when they lost a 2-1 overtime decision to the Chicago Blackhawks and were swept from the first-round series. The last playoff win for the Flames in the 'Dome was May 15, 1995 when they shut out the San Jose Sharks 5-0.

 HEAD-TO-HEAD:

 After Sunday's loss in Game 3, the Flames are winless in 10 straight home contests against the Canucks dating back three-and-a-half seasons. Their last win over the Canucks came in a 5-0 shutout Dec. 29, 2000. In the playoffs against the Canucks, the Flames are 14-14 all-time but lead 3-2 in head-to-head series wins.

 WHO'S HOT?:

 *CANUCKS -- C Brendan Morrison has one goal and four points in the first three games of the series, including setting up LW Matt Cooke's game-winner in Game 3.

 *FLAMES -- C Matthew Lombardi has a goal and three points, including an assist on LW Chris Simon's tally in Game 3. The rookie is also plus-2 in the series.

 WHO'S NOT?:

 *CANUCKS -- LW Geoff Sanderson is without a point and has registered just two shots on net through the first three games of the series.

 *FLAMES -- The powerplay has not connected in the last two games, going 0-for-7 in Game 3 after going 0-for 5 in Game 2.

 SPECIAL TEAMS:

 *CANUCKS -- Powerplay, 40.0% overall; 25.0% on the road; Penalty Kill, 90.9% overall, 100.0% on the road .

 *FLAMES -- Powerplay, 9.0% overall, 0.0% at home; Penalty Kill, 60.0% overall , 75.0% at home.

 INJURIES:

 *FLAMES -- C Steven Reinprecht (shoulder surgery) and C Dean McAmmond (sore back) are both out for the season, while LW Dave Lowry (abdominal strain, pelvis) is sidelined indefinitely and C Stephane Yelle (sore hip) and D Toni Lydman (upper body) are both listed day-to-day.

 *CANUCKS -- LW Magnus Arvedson (knee) is out for the season and G Dan Cloutier (lower body), C Mats Lindgren (back surgery) and D Bryan Allen (shoulder) are all out indefinitely.

 NOTABLES:

 The Flames held an optional practice yesterday at the Saddledome. Missing skaters included C Craig Conroy and RW Jarome Iginla. The Canucks followed with a dozen players, mostly those recalled from the AHL's Manitoba Moose, taking advantage of the optional skate ... G Dan Cloutier, who is suspected to have sprained his right knee during Game 3, has already returned to Vancouver. G Alex Auld is the backup to G Johan Hedberg and G Rob McVicar has been called up to be the team's third goaltender ... LW Brad May should be ready to play despite a nasty gash in his forehead from a collision with the goalpost Sunday. "He's got a bunch of stitches," said Canucks GM Brian Burke. "He's OK but they had to replace the net."


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