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Avalanche-Flames Preview

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The Colorado Avalanche certainly want to extend their winning streak, but doing so at the expense of a division rival would be even sweeter.
Seeking their fourth straight victory, the Avalanche open a home-and-home set against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at Pengrowth Saddledome.
After a five-game skid from Oct. 28-Nov. 6, Colorado (8-8-0) has won three straight one-goal games, but still remains at the bottom of the Northwest Division.
On Saturday, Darcy Tucker scored with 10.7 seconds left in regulation, and added the winner in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Avalanche to a 3-2 victory at Edmonton.
"We didn't play our best game," said Tucker, who has three goals in four games. "(Edmonton) played a pretty good hockey game for the most part and we just found a way to win it and sometimes you just need to find ways to win games when you haven't played your best."
The Avalanche will need to play better versus the Flames (9-8-1). Colorado won five of eight from Calgary in 2007-08, but has lost the first two meetings on the road this season. The Avalanche dropped a 5-4 decision on Oct. 14, then fell 3-0 two weeks later to give the Flames their only shutout win of 2008-09.
The teams, which meet again on Thursday in Denver, are separated by three points in the tightly-packed Northwest.
Calgary plays three of its next four at home, where it is 6-2-1. The Flames have won three straight and are 10-2-2 against the Avs at the Saddledome since 2005-06.
But the Flames are coming off a 6-1 loss to league-leading San Jose on Thursday, and have dropped five of seven after a season-high six-game winning streak.
"We're very disappointed, but we have a huge opportunity with back-to-back Colorado and back-to-back Vancouver (Nov. 27-29)," Craig Conroy told the Flames' official Web site. "Those are huge games and opportunities for us."
Michael Cammalleri - second on the Flames with 15 points - scored against the Sharks. He has a goal and three assists versus the Avalanche this season, giving him five goals and 13 assists in 16 career meetings.
Paul Stastny leads Colorado with 12 assists and 15 points, and will be playing his first game after signing a five-year contract extension on Monday. In 17 career games against Calgary, he has 11 goals and 12 assists.
It's unclear if the Avalanche's Joe Sakic will return after missing the last two games because of a strained back. The longtime Colorado captain is third on the club with 12 points, but his 40 goals and 103 points against Calgary are the most he's had against any opponent.
Peter Budaj has compiled an outstanding 0.96 goals-against average during the Avalanche's winning streak, but is 4-6-1 with a 3.96 GAA in 13 career matchups versus the Flames, including both defeats this season.
Miikka Kiprusoff, meanwhile, is 2-4-0 with a 4.91 GAA in his last six starts for Calgary. He's beaten the Avs twice this season to improve to 5-1-1 with a 1.88 GAA in his last seven starts.
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Adrian Aucoin netted the game winner with 7:32 left in the game while the Flames fired a season-high 51 shots on goal in a 4-1 victory over Colorado Tuesday in Calgary.
I find it kinnda funny how they were talking about how they were gonna start playing the trap this game, but they never were really put into asituation in which the could play the trap cause it was in the Avs end the whole game.

I may sound like a bit of a skeptic in saying this, but this game really didn't really prove anything new to me. It's always been apperant that they've been a solid team in the offencive end when they're playing well. As for the defencive end, they looked very shakey on the few occations they were held up there.

As for the Avs, you can really tell how they're missing Sakic. There were some points where they looked as though they were waiting for someone to step up and have a good shift. I'm looking forward to the game tomorrow night.
Wings @ Flames

Red Wings-Flames Preview

It's been nine months since the Detroit Red Wings have been shut out. Now they are likely to face the last goaltender to do it.
Miikka Kiprusoff should be in net for the Calgary Flames on Saturday, seeking a second straight shutout and second in a row against the Red Wings.
The Flames netminder comes off consecutive victories over Colorado, including a 1-0 win Thursday in Denver as he faced a season-low 18 shots. Two days earlier, he made 22 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Avalanche.
Kiprusoff has gone 113 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal, and now he faces a Detroit team which leads the league with 3.67 goals per game and a 34.2-percent power-play conversion rate. Detroit (13-2-3) also boasts the league's best road record at 9-1-1 and has won six of seven overall, scoring at least three goals in each game.
It's been 59 straight games, including 22 in the playoffs during their run to the Stanley Cup, since the Red Wings were shut out. That streak goes back to Feb. 22, when Kiprusoff stopped 38 shots in Calgary's 1-0 win.
His 3.17 goals-against average this season is among the league's worst, but he's played well in two games since being pulled after the first period of a 6-1 loss at San Jose on Nov. 13. That was part of a six-game stretch during which he allowed 23 goals.
"We played a pretty bad game against San Jose, and we knew we had to do something different," Kiprusoff said. "It's been a good couple of games."
The Flames (11-8-1), though, have scored only one goal in four of the past six games.
The Red Wings have scored 27 times during their current 6-0-1 run, going 13-of-39 on the power play. They were 3-for-5 on Thursday in a 4-3 win at Edmonton.
Jiri Hudler scored twice in that victory, giving Detroit six players with at least six goals. Johan Franzen failed to score for a sixth straight game, remaining third on the team with nine goals. Henrik Zetterberg and Marian Hossa each have 10 goals, and they are among 10 Red Wings with 12 or more points.
That balance has helped goalie Chris Osgood overcome some shaky play of late.
Osgood, who sat while backup Ty Conklin played the previous two games, allowed two goals in a 21-second span midway through the third period Thursday after his team gave him a 4-1 lead.
"I thought we played well, but it happened again where they scored a couple in the third," Hudler said. "We were kind of worried, but we won. That was the important thing."
In his previous two starts, Osgood nearly blew a pair of two-goal leads against Tampa Bay on Nov. 13 and he lost a three-goal lead in the third period in a Nov. 11 overtime loss to Pittsburgh, allowing a season-high seven goals.
Despite an 8-1-3 record, Osgood has a 3.29 goals-against average. Conklin (5-1-0) has a 2.47 GAA and earned a shutout in his last start, 4-0 against Edmonton on Monday.
Osgood, however, has allowed only one goal in each of his last six starts in Calgary, winning five. His team, though, has lost three of its last four games there.
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Blues Host Calgary on Friday at 7 p.m.

Last December, the Calgary Flames used a road trip to turn around their season.
While the Flames might not need as much help this season, they have a good chance of bouncing back Friday in St. Louis, where they open a four-game road trip against a team they've dominated in the Blues.
The Flames (14-10-1) were 11-13-5 last season before winning six straight games in the Midwest and the Eastern time zones. That helped propel them to a 42-30-10 record and a fourth straight playoff berth.
Among those six victories was a 5-3 win in St. Louis, one of three the Flames had over the Blues last season as they improved to 12-1-1 against them since a 2-1 loss on Feb. 5, 2004.
This road trip again takes them through the Midwest and into the Eastern time zone with stops in Detroit, Montreal and New York in addition to St. Louis.
Lost in the furor over Sean Avery's pre-game comments Tuesday about Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf and his girlfriend, actress Elisha Cuthbert, was a 3-1 loss to Dallas that ended the Flames' three-game win streak.
Calgary failed to score at least three goals for the first time in four games, with only David Moss finding the back of the net in the second period. During their three-game winning streak, the Flames scored 13 times.
"We weren't quite as sharp as we have been lately," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, whose six-game point streak ended. "Maybe that's part of not capitalizing on our scoring chances. I thought we could have had a few more."
It was just Calgary's third loss in its last nine games.
Moss has six goals, but three have come in the past four games, and he has a two-game goal streak heading into Friday's game. Moss has a goal and an assist in three lifetime games against St. Louis.
Iginla, who leads the team with 12 goals and 29 points, has three goals and seven points in the last two games with Blues, and 17 goals and 50 points in 44 career meetings.
Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff played well in the loss, allowing two goals or fewer for the fifth time in his last seven starts, and enters this game 10-0-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average in his last 11 starts against the Blues.
St. Louis (10-11-2) also comes into Friday's game with a punchless offense that's missing forwards Paul Kariya (hip injury) and Andy McDonald (fractured left leg). The Blues have scored two goals or fewer in five of their last six, including a 4-0 loss Wednesday at Minnesota, and they have also gone 2-for-18 on the power play in the last five games.
"We had a few chances where we don't bury the puck," David Backes said.
Backup goalie Chris Mason got a second straight start but had his worst performance in last five appearances, giving up three goals - two in a 2:20 span in the third period. He had allowed four goals over his previous five games, going 3-1-0, and is 2-2-1 with a 3.21 GAA versus Calgary.
Usual starter Manny Legace is 2-5-1 in his last nine starts since opening the season with four straight wins and is 4-5-0 with a 2.79 GAA lifetime against the Flames.

Associated Press

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Flames-Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are atop the Atlantic Division, but lately they've needed extra time to pull off any sort of victory. The Calgary Flames, on the other hand, have been taking care of business in regulation.
The Flames will look for their fifth win in six games Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers, who are trying to rebound after their second lopsided loss in less than a week.
Calgary (15-10-1) looked to be headed in the right direction in late October, when it won six in a row after a 1-3-1 start. The Flames responded with five losses in their next seven games, but have played like a different team since then.
Using a stifling penalty kill and some timely goal scoring, Calgary is 6-2-0 in its last eight contests. After a 3-1 loss to Dallas on Tuesday, the Flames came out flat Friday in St. Louis, falling behind 3-1 after two periods.
Power-play goals from Jarome Iginla and David Moss tied the score in the third, though, and Michael Cammalleri's 10th of the season won it in overtime.
"It's definitely a positive and you want to be able to contribute," said defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who assisted on all four goals. "It was a huge win for our team. We didn't get off to the start we wanted. We were down 3-1 and to come back, it's a huge win."
Iginla scored for the first time in four games, and a meeting with the Rangers (18-9-2) might be another big offensive opportunity for the only player in the Western Conference to score 50 goals last season. Iginla scored twice in a 4-3 win over New York on Jan. 2, and has seven goals and three assists in his last six games versus the Rangers.
Despite allowing two power-play goals in St. Louis, the Flames' penalty killing has been the key to their strong play of late. Those were the only two goals Calgary has allowed in its last 24 times short-handed, a 91.7 percent kill rate that's second in the league since Nov. 18.
The Rangers also know how to kill penalties, considering they have an NHL-best 90.1 percent success rate. Lately, though, they're having trouble stopping teams at even strength.
New York rebounded from a 4-0 loss to Florida with a 3-2 shootout win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but the next night in Montreal was another tough one for goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist was pulled for the second time in five starts in the loss to the Panthers, then stayed in Thursday despite allowing six goals in a 6-2 defeat to the Canadiens.
"If you compared the two teams, one looked like an NHL team and the other like a non-NHL team," Lundqvist told the Rangers' official Web site Thursday. "I don't know what was missing. A lot of things, I think. They were all over us."
Despite Lundqvist's recent struggles, he remains one of the league's elite goaltenders, and his 2.33 goals-against average isn't far off from his 2.23 GAA last season.
He's tied with Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff with an NHL-high 25 starts, and Lundqvist has continually helped the Rangers pick up an extra point. New York is 6-4-0 since Nov. 15, and five of those wins have come courtesy of a Lundqvist-led shootout victory.
Calgary, visiting MSG for the first time since January 2006, hasn't been involved in a shootout since Feb. 5.

Associated Press
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Flames-Canadiens Preview

Dec 9, 2008, 5:30 PM MT

Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's impressive play on his team's road trip isn't all that surprising. The play of right wing David Moss has been, however.
Kiprusoff looks to continue his stellar play on Wednesday night as the Flames seek their first road win against the Montreal Canadiens in nearly eight years.
The Flames (16-10-1), tied with Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division, have won five of their last six and seven of nine, including a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Jarome Iginla, Moss and Rene Bourque all scored, while Kiprusoff made 31 saves for his 29th career shutout. Kiprusoff has started 12 consecutive games and 26 of Calgary's 27 contests this season. He 5-1-0 with a 1.83 goals-against average in his last six games overall, and 0-2-0 with a 4.06 GAA in two career starts at Montreal.
"I like to play," he said. "I'm kind of used to it now and I know what I have to do to get ready night after night."
Kiprusoff isn't the only Flame on a hot streak. Moss has scored in four straight games and five of his last six, giving him eight goals for the season - doubling his total from 2007-08. He has 22 goals in his three-year career.
"He has certainly become a lot more confident the last four or five games," coach Mike Keenan said. "It's always that fine line of, 'Play me more and I'll play better, and play better and I'll play you more.' He's earned it."
With Sunday's win, the Flames improved to 2-0 on this four-game road trip, which closes Wednesday against defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit. Calgary has won four straight on the road, posting two shutouts during that stretch. That success comes after it started the season 3-6-0 in away games, allowing an average of 3.7 goals.
This is the Flames' first visit to Montreal since the Canadiens (15-6-5) won 5-4 on Oct. 17, 2006. Montreal has won three straight over Calgary at home since a 3-1 loss on Dec. 13, 2000.
The Canadiens are looking to bounce back after their three-game winning streak was snapped Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to visiting New Jersey. Rookie Matt D'Agostini scored for the third straight game, but the Devils scored a power-play goal 31 seconds into overtime.
Montreal went 0-for-5 on the power play, and is 1-for-19 in the last five games. Its opponents, meanwhile, are 4-for-17 during that stretch.
"Every penalty is tough," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "The only good one is when you save a goal, in my book. All the other ones - you know, especially at this time of the game, when they just called one on them, you know that they're going to try and even out."
This will be the first game for Montreal's Alex Tanguay against his former team. Tanguay, acquired from Calgary on June 20 for two draft picks, has nine goals and nine assists this season after spending the past two years with the Flames.
The Canadiens have completed four games of their franchise-long seven-game homestand. They are 8-2-3 at home and haven't lost in regulation at the Bell Centre since a 2-1 defeat to Philadelphia on Nov. 14, going 3-0-3 since.

Associated Press
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Flames-Red Wings Preview

Dec 10, 2008, 5:30 PM MT

After concluding last month with disappointing results, the Detroit Red Wings have turned things around at the start of December behind strong play at home.
The Red Wings aim to keep things going Wednesday night as they seek to complete a perfect four-game homestand with a matchup against the Calgary Flames.
Detroit (18-4-4) rolled to a 7-0-1 mark in the first three weeks of November before falling in three of last month's final four games (1-2-1). The Red Wings have bounced back since the calendar turned to December, though, winning three consecutive one-goal decisions at Joe Louis Arena.On Saturday night, they rallied back from a two-goal, second-period deficit for a 5-4 shootout victory - their fourth straight at home overall - over Chicago.
"It was nice, especially after that third goal, to be able to battle through," said backup Ty Conklin, who made 28 saves through overtime then turned aside all three attempts he faced in the shootout.
Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler each had a goal and an assist in regulation, while Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone tally in the shootout for the Red Wings, who will now try to continue their recent success against Calgary (16-11-1).
The Red Wings have won four of their last five matchups with the Flames overall, including a 5-2 road victory on Nov. 22. They've dominated Calgary even more at Joe Louis Arena, where they've beaten the Flames four straight times and in nine of the teams' last 11 meetings.
The Flames' Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves versus the Red Wings in November, but fell to 6-8-1 with a tie lifetime against them.
Kiprusoff has started each of the Flames' last 13 games, and helped Calgary win the first two of its current four-game trip and five of six overall entering Tuesday night.
He made 27 saves Tuesday, but they weren't enough in a 4-1 loss to Montreal. Only Dustin Boyd - in his first contest back following a five-game absence due to a shoulder injury - was able to get the puck past Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak.
"He was very, very solid in net for them and probably was a difference maker," Flames coach Mike Keenan said.
Calgary killed off all three penalties it faced Tuesday, making it 26-for-28 on the penalty kill in the last 10 games. Detroit, though, has converted a league-best 30.3 percent of its power-play opportunities.
Captain Jarome Iginla, leading Calgary with 14 goals and 32 points, has four goals and eight assists in his last 10 contests. He has 13 goals and 40 points in 45 career games versus the Red Wings.
Detroit center Henrik Zetterberg, who has at least one point in 18 of the 24 games he's played in 2008-09, has nine goals and eight assists in 19 career games against the Flames.

Associated Press

As much as I would like the team to win this one I can't see it.​
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Well the Flames did come close and from what Rob Kerr said, lots of positives from tonights loss.
Flames-Wild Preview

Flames-Wild Preview

Dec 17, 2008, 6:00 PM MT

Mired in a five-game losing streak, the Minnesota Wild hope their struggling offense will get a boost from franchise scoring leader Marian Gaborik.
Gaborik is expected to be back on the ice for the first time in more than two months on Tuesday night as the Wild (15-13-1) play host to Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames.
Gaborik has been out since Oct. 14 with a lower-body injury. He missed 27 seven games, during which the Wild went 13-13-1, and he's set to rejoin them as they've scored five goals during their slide.Gaborik, who led Minnesota with 42 goals and 83 points last season, had one goal in two games before being sidelined.
"More than likely I'll go," Gaborik said, adding: "I think I'm at the point where I can go out there and play a game. I don't think it will get any better. Obviously sometimes I feel discomfort, but I think by playing games it's going to get there. To get out there and get into game shape, I'm looking forward to it."
Gaborik - who's 13 games short of 500 - has spent his entire eight-year career the Wild, leading them with 207 goals and 208 assists.
With Gaborik's expected return, the Wild now will try to make a move in the Northwest Division standings. They're tied with Colorado for third place, both just one point in front of last-place Edmonton.
However, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire cautioned against high expectations for a team that has scored the fewest goals in the Western Conference (76).
"A lot of people, they figure (Gaborik's) going to come back, he's going to settle every problem we have on this team. We're going to start to score five goals five-on-five and six on the power play," Lemaire said. "It won't happen.
Minnesota has never lost six straight. It last went winless over six games during the 2003-04 season, going seven games without a victory by recording four losses and three ties.
The Wild are 6-4-2 at home against the Flames (17-11-3) over the last three seasons. Gaborik has five goals and 11 assists against them in the last 10 games.
Calgary comes into this game after snapping a three-game (0-1-2) winless streak with a 6-3 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday. That allowed the Flames to move into a tie atop the Northwest with Vancouver, both six points ahead of Minnesota and Colorado.
Iginla recorded two goals and two assists, matching his career high for points in a game. It was his first multi-goal game since scoring two against Nashville on Nov. 6, and came after he recorded one assist during Calgary's winless streak.
"He had a great game," Flames coach Mike Keenan said . "He had a leadership game and you expect that from your best players. He was engaged tonight, and it looked like that right from the start."
Iginla leads the Flames with 16 goals and 37 points. He is one point shy of 800 for his career.
Iginla also has a five-game points streak in Minnesota, scoring four goals with three assists.

Associated Press
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Blackhawks-Flames Preview

Dec 19, 2008, 7:00 PM MT

The Chicago Blackhawks may have raised some eyebrows when they fired coach Denis Savard four games into the season and replaced him with Joel Quenneville.
The move, though, appears to be paying off handsomely.
The surging Blackhawks look to extend their longest winning streak in nearly seven years on Friday night when they meet the Calgary Flames.
Chicago (16-6-7) opened a three-game swing through western Canada with a 9-2 rout of Edmonton on Tuesday for its fifth straight victory. Troy Brouwer had two goals and an assist and reigning Calder Trophy winner Patrick Kane added a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who are 6-0-1 this month after closing November with a three-game skid.
"We really wanted to come out and have a good first game on the road because we have three here before Christmas," Brouwer said after his first career multigoal game. "Just get the first one out here and get on a roll for the next two."
Chicago, which ends its road trip on Saturday in Vancouver, is riding its longest win streak since winning six in a row from Dec. 26, 2001-Jan. 6, 2002. That run came during the last season in which the team made the playoffs.
Quenneville took over for Savard after the Blackhawks got off to a 1-2-1 start. Since then, Chicago has gone 15-4-6, and is posing a legitimate challenge to Stanley Cup champion Detroit in the Central Division.
"It's been a fun little run we're on right now," said Quenneville, whose team has scored 33 goals over the last seven games.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 31 shots against Edmonton, and could make his second straight start in this game. He's won his last three starts in Calgary, improving to 13-3-0 with a 2.05 goals-against average in his career there.
Andrew Ladd, who had two assists against the Oilers, is the Blackhawks' leading scorer this month with three goals and eight assists. Ladd has 19 points this season, and has never had more than 30 since breaking in as a rookie in 2005 with Carolina.
The Blackhawks have won three straight in Calgary, and defeated the Flames 6-1 on Nov. 9 at Chicago in the only meeting this season. Kane and Martin Havlat each had a goal and two assists in that game.
With this contest, the Flames (18-11-3) begin a season-high five-game homestand that will carry them through New Year's Eve.
Calgary returns to Pengrowth Saddledome after sweeping a two-game road trip. The Flames beat St. Louis 6-3 on Tuesday before posting a 3-2 overtime victory against Minnesota on Wednesday.
Todd Bertuzzi's tally 3:48 into the extra period off a feed from Daymond Langkow snapped a 20-game goal-scoring drought.
"It was a good veteran move by Daymond Langkow," said Bertuzzi, who had not scored since Nov. 2. "He made a smart play, dove for it, got it over, and that's obviously a nice two points to go home with."
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 25 shots to improve to 7-2-1 with a 2.17 GAA in his last 10 starts. However, he tied a season high by allowing six goals versus Chicago last month.
Jarome Iginla failed to record a point against the Wild after tying a career high with four in the win over the Blues. The Flames captain leads the team with 16 goals and 21 assists, but has one point in his last four games against the Blackhawks.​

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This game should be interesting after the blow out the Black Hawks gave to the Oilers.
Ducks-Flames Preview

Dec 23, 2008, 7:00 PM MT

Playing at Pengrowth Saddledome had been an advantage for the Calgary Flames earlier this season, but the venue hasn't been nearly as kind lately.
The Flames look to avoid their first four-game home losing streak in over six years on Tuesday night when they match up against an Anaheim Ducks team that hasn't fared well on the road lately.
After winning nine of its first 13 contests (9-3-1) at Pengrowth Saddledome through the first two months of 2008-09, Calgary has stumbled to an 0-1-2 mark there. The team opened its season-high five-game homestand with a 3-2 loss to Chicago on Friday. Rene Bourque had a goal and an assist, but the Flames (18-11-4) faltered on all four of their power-play chances to fall to 0-for-10 in those situations over their last three home games.
"We had a lot a chances to finish - I myself had a few chances - in the third, but we didn't finish," said Bourque, who has three goals and two assists in his last four games.
It was Calgary's fourth loss in its last six contests (2-1-3), putting the Flames in jeopardy of their first four-game home skid since Nov. 14-21, 2002.
Calgary has won eight of its last 10 home games against Anaheim, but has lost six of the last eight overall meetings. The Ducks have won three straight in the series, including a 3-2 home victory on Nov. 2.
Anaheim (18-13-3) is coming off a 4-3 loss at Vancouver on Monday as Bobby Ryan had a goal and two assists in defeat. Ryan has been moved up to the team's top line in place of Teemu Selanne, who is expected to miss at least four weeks with a lacerated thigh.
"I didn't think we really engaged in the hockey game emotionally until the third period," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "And then we got desperate and started to play more of the type of hockey that is required to have success on the road."
Carlyle's club is 8-6-1 on the road, losing four of five away contests in December.
For the Ducks to have success on the remainder on their five-game swing, they'll have to improve their discipline. Anaheim was whistled for nine infractions Monday after taking a season-high 10 in a shootout win at Edmonton on Friday.
Opponents are 8-for-46 in power-play opportunities against the Ducks over their last eight games.
"The flow, when you are going to the box one after another, is tough because you are wearing out certain guys and others aren't getting on the ice at all," said captain Scott Niedermayer, who had a goal and an assist Monday.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere is expected in net for the Ducks. He has allowed only nine goals on 156 shots in winning four of his last five starts. Giguere is 8-2-0 with a 1.79 goals-against average in his last 11 starts versus the Flames.
Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff has a 1.44 GAA in winning seven of eight against the Ducks at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla - the third-leading scorer in franchise history - recorded his 800th career NHL point with an assist Friday. He leads the Flames with 16 goals and 22 assists, and has 21 goals and 39 points in 45 lifetime matchups versus the Ducks.

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Sharks-Flames Preview

Jan 6, 2009, 8:00 PM MT
San Jose coach Todd McLellan doesn't expect the Sharks to be perfect, but he doesn't want to see too many repeats of his team's latest effort.
The NHL-leading Sharks look for a more complete performance Tuesday night when they open a three-game road trip against the Calgary Flames in a matchup of division leaders.Since winning a season-high nine straight from Nov. 13-Dec. 4, San Jose (29-4-5) has cooled off somewhat, going 7-1-4 and alternating wins and losses in its last four games.
In Saturday's 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders, Mike Grier scored twice - his first two-goal game since Jan. 4, 2007 - as the Sharks improved to 19-0-2 at home. The win, however, was less than satisfying for San Jose's coach.
The Sharks held a three-goal lead in the third period, but New York cut the deficit to 4-3 with 1:03 left before Patrick Marleau scored his 19th goal of the season into an empty net with 10 seconds remaining.
"It's unacceptable that we were up 4-1 with about 3 minutes left in the game and on the power play and we give them a short-handed goal," McLellan said. "We have a lot of learning to do as a hockey club, learning how to win. ... It's been creeping into our game a little bit. It's something we have to work on."
San Jose earned at least a point for the sixth straight game (4-0-2). With 63 points, it's one ahead of Boston for the top record in the league.
To maintain that standing, San Jose needs to improve its play away from home. All four of its regulation losses have come on the road, where it's 10-4-3 on the season.
The Sharks have gone 1-1-3 away from HP Pavilion following a season-high five-game road winning streak from Nov. 16-Dec. 15. They're 2-7-0 with a tie in their last 10 trips to Calgary.
Since San Jose won 6-1 at home over the Flames on Nov. 13, Calgary has gone 14-4-3 to move atop the competitive Northwest Division.
The Flames (23-12-4) had won five in a row and had earned points in 10 straight before a 5-2 loss at Chicago on Sunday. The defeat was their first in regulation since falling 4-1 at Montreal on Dec. 9.
"Anytime you've been winning - and we've been moving along pretty well - a loss is hard to swallow," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who leads the team with 18 goals and 28 assists.
Calgary will try to bounce back in the opener of a three-game homestand. It's won a season-high four straight at the Pengrowth Saddledome, its longest run there since an eight-game win streak from Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2007.
Miikka Kiprusoff has gone 13-4-3 with a 2.74 goals-against average while playing all 20 of the Flames' home games. The league leader with 23 victories, Kiprusoff made his 10th consecutive start Sunday, allowing four goals on 28 shots before Curtis McElhinney came in for the third period and stopped all seven shots he faced.
Former Shark Kiprusoff is 8-6-1 with a 2.98 GAA in 15 games versus San Jose.
Joe Thornton leads San Jose with 37 assists and 46 points, and has a goal and 10 assists during a six-game point streak.
The Sharks' Evgeni Nabokov - second in the NHL with 21 wins - has posted a 3.86 GAA in losing his last three games against the Flames. He didn't face them in November.​

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Domination so far by the Flames after 1 period. score is 3-0. Shots are 16-4 (which 2 of those Sharks shots were floaters on bad angles which had no chance). scoring chances are 12-2. Calgary has had 5 odd man rushes and San Jose has had 6 icing calls against them already. The Flames are winning almost every battle at every area of the ice and are making the Sharks look bad. I expect the Sharks to come hard in the 2nd, but if Calgary can just stick to their game they've got this one in the bag.
Blues-Flames Preview

Jan 13, 2009, 7:30 PM MT

The Calgary Flames have been one of the NHL's hottest teams over the last month. Their run started with a win over the St. Louis Blues.
Given their history against the Blues at home, the Flames appear to have a good chance to continue their stellar play in Tuesday's game at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Calgary (25-12-4) is looking for its third straight victory and 10th in the last 12 games. The Flames are also seeking their sixth straight home win over St. Louis (16-22-5), and are 14-1-1 overall in their last 16 matchups with the Blues.
Calgary has surged into the Northwest Division lead with its current 9-1-1 stretch. The only two losses in that span have come to Chicago - an overtime loss at home Dec. 19 and a 5-2 road defeat Jan. 4, which stands as the Flames' only regulation loss in their last 13 games. Their last loss at the Saddledome in regulation was a 3-1 defeat to Dallas on Dec. 2.
A 6-3 win Dec. 16 in St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak for Calgary and seemed to ignite a lagging offense. Starting with that win, the Flames have averaged 4.0 goals per contest, after averaging 2.9 during the season's first 30 games.
"We obviously struggled a little bit at the start of the year but we changed some things and everyone has bought in and we've gotten better as the season's progressed," center Daymond Langkow said.
No Calgary player is hotter right now than Langkow, with a four-game goal-scoring streak and a point in seven straight games. He had a season-high three points - one goal, two assists - in Thursday's 5-2 home victory over the New York Islanders.
"Langks has obviously been on a tear and it's not lucky, it's not fortunate, he's a good hockey player," said Michael Cammalleri, who added a goal and an assist in Thursday's win. "He's making a lot of very good plays right now and that's why the puck's going in for him."
While Langkow has 12 goals and 23 points in 32 career games against St. Louis, Flames leading scorer Jarome Iginla has proved a bigger pain for the Blues.
Iginla, who has 18 goals and 47 points this season, has 13 points in the last four meetings with St. Louis, including two goals and two assists in the Dec. 16 win. He also scored a third-period goal and assisted on Cammalleri's game-winner in a 4-3 overtime victory Dec. 5 in St. Louis
The Blues' previous loss to Calgary was only part of their current miserable stretch of 11 losses in 15 games. St. Louis seemed to be snapping out of its funk last week when it totaled 11 goals in consecutive wins over Columbus and at Vancouver, but that momentum ended Sunday with a 2-1 loss at Edmonton.
"That definitely wasn't a good effort," said forward Jay McClement, who assisted on Yan Stastny's second-period score. "It's disappointing after we made strides and we played well two nights ago (a 6-4 win over the Canucks). I think it's unacceptable."

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Vaandermeer's back in the line-up tonight, likely playing forward in the place of Bertuzzi. I'm really hope him and Pardy try and battle it out for top 6 defencive placing.
Flames-Sharks Preview

Jan 15, 2009, 8:30 PM MT

Victories have come in bunches for the league-leading San Jose Sharks all season. The Calgary Flames have recently begun to pick up on a similar trend.
The streaking Sharks, still without a regulation loss at HP Pavilion in 2008-09, continue a four-game homestand Thursday night when they face the Northwest Division-leading Flames, winners of three straight.
Consistency has been a key in keeping San Jose (32-5-5) atop the standings - it currently holds a one-point edge on Eastern Conference-leading Boston (68 points) for the best record in the NHL - but the biggest factor has been absolutely dominating play at home.The Sharks are an almost unimaginable 20-0-2 at the HP Pavilion and have collected at least one point there in 31 consecutive regular-season games. They haven't dropped a regulation decision at home since losing to Edmonton last Feb. 14.
San Jose kept that streak intact Tuesday night, opening the homestand with a 7-1 victory over road-weary Tampa Bay. Six players finished with at least two points, Joe Thornton provided two goals and an assist, and Milan Michalek finished with a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who held a four-goal lead after two periods en route to their third straight win.
"After three goals, we said let's get a fourth, fifth and sixth. No lead is safe in this league," Thornton - the Sharks' leader with 41 assists and 52 points - told the team's official Web site.
San Jose will play six of its next seven games at home, with a matchup against Central-leading Detroit set for Saturday.
But before facing the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Sharks take on the surging Flames (26-12-4), winners of four of the teams' last five meetings. San Jose routed Calgary 6-1 at home Nov. 13, but fell 5-2 on the road Jan. 6.
Just over a month ago, Calgary trailed first-place Vancouver by two points. But in winning 10 of 12 games (10-1-1) since Dec. 16, it now owns a seven-point advantage over the Canucks in the Northwest.
Like the Sharks, the Flames have been tough to beat at home, securing a seventh straight victory there Tuesday night, 3-1 against St. Louis as Michael Cammalleri scored two goals for their third straight win overall.
"We're using (the standings) as a source of motivation right now to keep our focus and keep on improving," said Cammalleri, second on the team with 17 goals and 38 points. "We're well aware of the spread right now and the games in hand and what's going on with Vancouver in our division and we'd love to keep this roll more
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I have been looking forward to this game all week. I'm sure both Todd McLellan and Mike Keenan are both trying to make an example out of this game as a playoff practice game. I really wouldn't be surprised if its 0-0 after the first and posibly the 2nd too.
Wow, this is the Flames team I've wanted to see for years!
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