GAME: Calgary Flames (35-26-7-3) at St. Louis Blues (33-26-10-2).
TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Calgary Flames look to distance themselves from the St. Louis Blues in
the Western Conference standings as the teams meet at Savvis Center.
Calgary, just two points ahead of St. Louis and Nashville for sixth place in
the West, managed a 4-4 tie with the Predators on Saturday night. Meanwhile,
the Blues pulled themselves into a tie for seventh by beating the Columbus Blue
"These (conference games) are even bigger because we're getting closer to
the end and the standings are very tight," the Flames' Denis Gauthier said.
"So we've got to approach each game the same way we have all season - one game
at a time."
Calgary's Craig Conroy had three assists against Nashville, giving him seven
points (one goal, six assists) in his last three games.
Calgary will be looking for a repeat of its last visit to St. Louis, a 4-2
victory on March 2. That was the Flames' second win in the last 10 road
meetings with the Blues (2-7-1).
St. Louis' playoff run has received a boost from Mike Sillinger.
The Blues, unbeaten in their last six games (4-0-2), acquired Sillinger from
the Coyotes on March 4. In five games since the deal, Sillinger has three goals
and two assists.
"It's my job," the 32-year-old Sillinger said. "It's like a second life
for me. I enjoyed it at Phoenix, but coming here and getting a chance for the
playoffs, especially at my age, it's all a player can ask for."
St. Louis, which has reached the playoffs 24 consecutive years, moved one
point ahead of Los Angeles in the race for eighth place in the Western
Conference. The Blues' postseason streak is the longest current run in
STANDINGS: Flames - 80 points, 3rd place, 11 PB, Northwest Division. Blues -
78 points, 2nd place (tied), 16 PB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 36 goals and 63 points; Conroy, 38
assists; Chris Simon, 227 PIM. Blues - Keith Tkachuk, 29 goals and 64 points;
Doug Weight, 44 assists; Mike Danton, 141 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 12): Flames - Power play: 15.3 percent (48 for
314), 21st in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent (251 for 300), 19th. Blues -
Power play: 17.5 percent (53 for 302), 9th. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (284
for 337), 15th.
GOALTENDERS: Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (19-7-3, 2, 1.64); Roman Turek
(4-10-0, 1 SO, 2.68 GAA). Blues - Chris Osgood (24-22-8, 2, 2.26); Reinhard
Divis (4-3-1, 0, 3.09).
SEASON SERIES: Blues, 2-1.
LAST MEETING: March 2; Flames, 4-2. At St. Louis, Iginla had two goals,
including the game-winner with 3:30 remaining, as Calgary spoiled the home
debut of new Blues coach Mike Kitchen.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 17-14-2-2 on the road; Blues - 20-9-7-0 at home.