Game Day

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:17 PM ET


 Game 1 -- Flames at Canucks, 8:30 P.M., TV: CBC, Radio: The Fan 960

 COMING IN:

 The Flames (42-30-7-3) enter the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the NHL's Western Conference. The Canucks (43-25-10-5) come in as the No. 3 seed by virtue of winning the Northwest Division. The Canucks finished just one win and seven points up on the Flames in the standings. Despite losing 2-1 to the host Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Sunday's final day of the regular season, the Flames won nine of their last 15 games (9-4-2) and 16 of the last 28 games (16-10-2). The Canucks won last six games to conclude the regular season, including Saturday's 5-2 decision to eliminate the visiting Edmonton Oilers from the playoff picture.

 HEAD-TO-HEAD:

 Calgary's last playoff game against Vancouver was April 30, 1994, when the visiting Canucks scored in triple overtime to win 4-3 and eliminate the Flames in Game 7 of the first-round series. This season, the Flames were 2-3-1 against the Canucks. They lost the season-opener 4-1 at GM Place but won two followup games in Vancouver by 4-1 and 3-2 scores. At the Saddledome, the two teams tied 4-4 before the Flames lost 2-0 and 3-1 games.

 WHO'S HOT?

 FLAMES -- RW Jarome Iginla has 46 points, including 29 goals, in his last 44 games. Seven of those were game-winners.

 CANUCKS -- In the last six games, all wins , C Brendan Morrison has two goals, eight points and a plus-10 rating, while G Dan Cloutier has allowed only seven goals for a 1.16 GAA and a .950 save percentage.

 WHO'S NOT?

 FLAMES -- Despite finishing second to RW Jarome Iginla with 18 goals on the season, RW Shean Donovan has just one goal in his last 30 games.

 CANUCKS -- D Ed Jovanovski has been held pointless and has an even plus-minus rating in the last six games, all wins.

 SPECIAL TEAMS:

 FLAMES -- Powerplay, 15.1% overall (21st in the NHL), 13.7% on the road (22nd); penalty kill, 84.6% overall (13th), 82.9% on the road (16th).

 CANUCKS -- Powerplay, 14.9% overall (22nd); 14.5% at home (25th); penalty kill, 85.9% overall (3rd), 86.5% at home (9th).

 INJURIES:

 FLAMES -- C Steven Reinprecht (shoulder surgery) is out for the season, while LW Dave Lowry (abdominal strain, pelvis) is sidelined indefinitely and C Dean McAmmond (sore back), C Stephane Yelle (sore hip), LW Oleg Saprykin (face) and D Toni Lydman (concussion) are all day-to-day. Expect Yelle to gut it out for the series start. Lowry and McAmmond are unlikely to return at all during the playoffs. And speculation is Saprykin may have sustained a concussion after taking a puck in the visor Friday in Los Angeles.

 CANUCKS -- LW Magnus Arvedson (knee) is out for the season. C Mats Lindgren (back ) and D Bryan Allen (shoulder) are out indefinitely.


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