Flames streak into town against Canucks

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

The Canucks will get yet another test on how to deal with a streaking team Saturday.

Three days after failing to slow the surging Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver will get a shot at the Calgary Flames, winners in seven of their last eight.

Having started the season slow and falling to 14th in the West at one point, the Flames are picking up steam at just the right time. Their recent strong stretch puts them right in the thick of the playoff race, currently sitting eighth in the conference prior to Thursday's games.

The Canucks, who have two days of rest in between games, however, will look to take advantage of what should be a tired team.

The Flames will be playing the second leg of back-to-back games when they arrive in Vancouver for the Hockey Day in Canada matchup, having hosted Anaheim the night before.

Finally back

Sami Salo is expected to make his season debut Saturday following his conditioning stint in Manitoba earlier this week.

"Sami will practice with us Friday and he'll tell us how he feels," said coach Alain Vigneault following Wednesday's game. "Right now I'll say there's a very good chance [he'll play against Calgary]."

The status on Dan Hamhuis, who left the Ducks game after a hit by Ryan Getzlaf, will have to wait as the team took a day off Thursday. Vigneault said the defenceman looked fine – other than a big red mark on his face – after the game.

Roster change

The Canucks made a slight shuffle to their fourth line Thursday, sending Aaron Volpatti back to the farm and recalling right winger Victor Oreskovich. The 24-year-old has 11 points in 31 games with Manitoba this season.


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