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Tuesday, 12.05.2006 / 7:00 PM

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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames have been tough to beat at home, but the Carolina Hurricanes are getting an extra spark when they visit the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Cory Stillman is expected to return Tuesday to help the Hurricanes attempt to end the Flames' seven-game home winning streak when the teams meet.

Stillman, who has yet to play after undergoing shoulder surgery Aug. 18, was activated by the Hurricanes on Monday. He tied for second on the team last season with 76 points, shared the team lead with 55 assists and ranked second with 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists) in Carolina's run to the Stanley Cup title.

Stillman is joining Carolina (15-10-3) as it opens a four-game road trip with stops at Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado. On Tuesday, the Hurricanes will try to become the first opposing team to win in Calgary since Washington posted a 4-2 victory Oct. 30.

Carolina has not played in Calgary since a 1-0 win on Dec. 11, 2003.

The Flames (12-10-2) kept their winning streak alive Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jarome Iginla and Chuck Kobasew each scored in the third period for Calgary, which is 3-3 in its last six games overall.

Kobasew's goal was his first in 16 games, while Iginla moved within two goals of 300 for his career.

"In the third, fortunately we were able to come shift after shift and really have a big push and find a way to win it," said Iginla, who also has 299 career assists.

Iginla, who has eight goals and eight assists in Calgary's 12 home games, also has scored nine of his 13 goals in the third period.

Calgary, which is 9-3-0 at home, is coming off its last three-day break until the All-Star break in late January.

The Hurricanes (15-10-3) have also split their last six games and are coming off Saturday's 5-2 win over Boston. Eric Staal scored twice and Erik Cole, who leads the team with 16 goals, added one in the second period.

"My goals have been kind of here and there," Staal told Carolina's official Web site. "I want to help out as much as I can consistently and help us win games. I'm getting chances, they are not going in at certain times like they were last year, but I still feel like I'm generating some offense."

Carolina became the first team with six 10-goal scorers this season and ranks among the best in the league with 3.32 goals per game.

"That's what we need to do, consistently get wins," Staal said. "We got it going at the right time."

Carolina is 5-2 with three ties against Calgary in the last 10 meetings between the teams since the start of the 1997-98 season.

2006-2007 season series
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Dec 05 '06CAR 0 at CGY 3D. Langkow
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