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Game Day: Flames end 2008 with Battle of Alberta

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames

Regular Season
Iginla 36 16 24 40
Cammalleri 35 12 17 29
Langkow 36 10 16 26

Record: 21-11-4
Season Series: 0-2-0
Last Five: 4-0-1


Season Series: 2-0-0
Last Five: 3-1-1

Regular Season
Hemsky 34 10 25 35
Souray 33 11 15 26
Horcoff 34 10 14 24

Flames vs. Oilers
8 p.m. MT Pengrowth Saddledome
TSN (HD) and The Fan 960

The Edmonton Oilers return to Calgary for the first time since October 17 when they beat the Flames 3-2. The Flames didn’t fair well in Edmonton the following night when the Oilers served them another loss. The Oilers stand as the only team the Flames haven’t beaten in the Northwest Division. Calgary started the season with back-to-back losses against the Vancouver Canucks, but saved face in November when the teams had another home-and-home series where the Flames won both those games.

"Yea we weren’t very happy with the start of the season and we would like to get our first piece at them," Jarome Iginla commented. "Edmonton is close in the standings, they’re feeling good, they are trying to make a run of their own and we want to keep ours going."

Calgary stands at first place in the division after winning four in a row. They are three points ahead of the Canucks at 46, while the Oilers are in fourth place with 37 points.

"Right now we are trying to put some separation between us and the other teams in the Northwest Division including Edmonton," Robyn Regehr said. "That being said they are looking to trying to get back into the race so it’ll be a tight game."

Miikka Kiprusoff had a rocky start at the beginning of the season, but is now first in the league with 21 wins under his belt. He currently has a 2.33 GAA and a .917 saves percentage in the month of December.

While Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers and Mathieu Garon were the netminders for the Oilers in October, Dwayne Roloson is expected to start tonight. He is 9-5-3 this season winning the last three games he’s started. Garon has lost three in a row as a starter for the Oilers, and Deslauriers was sent down back to the minors on Tuesday.

Curtis Glencross is expected to return tonight. He’s been out of the lineup in the last six games with a knee injury. While he was skating during yesterday’s practice, he was out on Monday with flu.

The Oilers may be missing some key players in tonight's matchup. Leading scorer Ales Hemsky has been day-to-day with a broken nose and Marc-Antoine Pouilot suffered a concussion during the Oilers-Senators game. Fernando Pisani and Steve MacIntyre are also out.


For the Flames…


After a less than stellar November, Todd Bertuzzi got back on track in mid-December. He broke a 20 game scoring draught when he scored the GWG in overtime against the Wild on December 17. He also tallied a goal and assist on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, and recorded another assist in a second matchup against the Wild on Monday. He scored one goal in each contest against Edmonton.

For the Oilers...


Shawn Horcoff is in a bit of a scoring streak getting two assists on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators and getting one goal apiece against the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks. He has 12 goals and 12 assists in 38 games against the Flames.

This is the 21st year the Flames have played a game on New Year’s Eve of which 17 of those have been played on home ice. Their record is 9-7-3 with 2-0-1 against Edmonton.

Rene Bourque needs three points for 100
Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Craig Conroy needs three points for 500
Jarome Iginla needs 4 games for 900
Jarome Iginla needs 10 goals for 400
Miikka Kiprusoff needs three wins to take over second place on Flames win list
Both Dustin Boyd and Mark Giordano need ten games for 100


The Flames will be without D Rhett Warrener (shoulder); D James Vandermeer (leg); F Brandon Prust (fractured jaw).

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