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Flames start tough trip in Detroit

Sunday, 11.21.2010 / 1:47 AM / Schedule

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Flames start tough trip in Detroit
The Calgary Flames start off what figures to be a busy holiday week when they come to Detroit in one of four games on Sunday's NHL schedule.
The Calgary Flames start off what figures to be a busy holiday week when they come to Detroit in one of four games on Sunday's NHL schedule.

It’s the first of a five-game trip for the Flames, who go from Detroit to New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh -- all within a seven-day span. Calgary comes to Joe Louis Arena on a high after a 7-2 whipping of Chicago at home on Friday. The Wings play the finale of a six-game homestand in which they've gone 4-0-1 -- but are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Minnesota on Friday.

The Flames-Wings game is one of two that gets under way at 5 p.m. ET. In the other, the New York Islanders will be trying to avoid a team-record 13th consecutive loss when they visit Atlanta. Loss No. 12 came Saturday night when they were beaten 4-1 by Florida on Long Island. The Thrashers had a day off after routing Washington 5-0 at home on Friday.

At 8 p.m. ET, the struggling Edmonton Oilers, 4-3 shootout losers at home to Phoenix on Friday, visit Anaheim. The Ducks have dropped four in a row, including a 4-3 decision to Columbus on Friday.

One hour later, Vancouver will try to atone for Saturday's 7-1 home blowout loss to Chicago when it hosts the Coyotes, who've won five in a row.

Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic