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Game Primer: Northwest Showdown

by Sue Palanki / Calgary Flames
FLAMES LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Iginla 56 20 39 59
Cammalleri 55 29 26 55
Bertuzzi 51 14 27 41

Record: 33-18-5
Season Series: 2-2-0
Last Five: 3-1-1

vs. Vancouver Canucks

Record:
27-21-8
Season Series: 2-2-0
Last Five: 4-1-0
CANUCKS LEADING SCORERS

Regular Season
Player
GP
G
A
P
Sedin, D. 56 24 31 55
Sedin, H. 56 11 40 51
Kesler 56 16 20 36

Flames vs. Canucks
7:30 pm MT
Pengrowth Saddledome
TV: Sportsnet
Radio: The Fan 960

THE MATCH-UP

Calgary will play host to division rival Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night before heading back on the road to face two other Northwest division clubs including the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul on Thursday followed by a Saturday night game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

After a not-so-good start this month, the Flames slowly fought their way back by winning two out of three road games last week, and picking up five out of a possible six points. They continue to stay on top of the Northwest with 71 points and a nine point lead over the Oilers.

Offence was spectacular Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. Matthew Lombardi had his first two-goal game and second multipoint game in his last four. He registered his 100th career assist on Cory Sarich’s second goal of the season. Adrian Aucoin, Daymond Langkow, Curtis Glencross and Eric Nystrom also scored. Todd Bertuzzi tallied four assists putting him in third place in scoring and bumping Langkow to fourth.

"We got some big wins there and did a really good job in getting those points—everyone contributed well as a team" Lombardi said of the road trip. "We still got things we got to get better at and take it with us this week so we can further separate ourselves from the other teams in the division."

A large part of Calgary’s success has been Miikka Kiprusoff’s superb goaltending. He stopped 32 shots against Phoenix, shut out L.A. and stopped another 37 shots against Anaheim despite the overtime loss. He is nine games away from tying his career-high of 42 wins that he set in 2005-06.

"He’s just a solid goaltender and he goes out there and does his job every night." Sarich commented. "I don’t think he is looking for recognition, he deserves a lot the way he plays every night, and he just goes out there and battles it out which is fantastic."

Coming off a 4-2 defeat over the Montreal Canadiens at GM Place on Sunday, the Canucks begin a four-game road trip with the first stop at the Dome. They have won five of six games in February.

Vancouver played the entire game without one penalty— a rare occurrence for the team. However, the Canucks’ penalty-killing unit is no match to the Flames who rank third in the NHL.

With Mats Sundin joining the Canucks last January, he is playing the second line with Ryan Kesler and Pavol Demitra in what has been dubbed the ‘RPM Line’. They have tallied 26 points together in six games, but it’s the Canucks’ first line comprising of the Sedin (Daniel and Henrik) twins and Alex Burrows that has been turning around the team and putting them as a playoff contender come April. They are tied with Edmonton with 62 points, but two wins shy. The Canucks are holding on to seventh place in the Western Conference.

Vancouver took the first home-and-home series against Calgary at the start of the season (October 9 and 11), but the Flames fought back with two wins in the second home-and home last November (27 and 29). The Flames are 5-3-2 in their last ten against the Canucks at home, and 9-5-1 against all Northwest Division teams overall this season.

The Flames and Canucks will meet one more time this season on April 7 in Vancouver.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

For the Flames…

Sarich
Sarich

Cory Sarich has been picking up in the scoring lately tallying five points in his last five games. He scored a goal and two helpers against the Yotes on Saturday, and picked up two assists against Montreal and Anaheim on February 7. He needs three more assists for 100.

For the Canucks...

D Sedin
D. Sedin

Daniel Sedin notched a goal and an assist on Sunday putting him in tenth place in all-time goals for the Vancouver franchise. He is also three power play goals shy of sixth place in all-time power play goals of the team with 63. He has three goals and three assists against Calgary this season.


FLAMES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Todd Bertuzzi needs three power play goals for 100
Jarome Iginla needs six goals for 400 and two points to pass MacInnis for 2nd on Flames all time
Miikka Kiprusoff needs eight wins for 200
Daymond Langkow needs four points for 600
Eric Nystrom needs four games for 100
Dion Phaneuf needs one game for 300 and eight points for 200
Cory Sarich needs three assists for 100

INJURY REPORT

Brandon Prust (jaw) and Jim Vandermeer (ankle) continue to skate at practice with Prust expecting to return later this month. Wayne Primeau (foot) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out indefinitely.
 

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