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Iginla's hopeful return highlights Flames-Jackets tilt

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(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames are expected to get their top scorer back as they try to keep pace in the competitive Northwest Division with tonight's contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Jarome Iginla has not played since spraining his left knee in a January 4 game against Florida, but the star right wing returned to practice this week and is slated to make his return to the Calgary lineup tonight. Iginla still leads the Flames with 23 goals and 53 points despite missing the team's last 11 games.

Calgary has performed well in Iginla's absence, however, as the club has gone 7-2-2 since the injury. Players such as Kristian Huselius and Daymond Langkow have stepped up their games, with Huselius having compiled six goals and eight assists during a current 10-game scoring streak and Langkow totaling 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) over his last 12 games.

The Flames had lost their first two games following the All-Star break, but regrouped with a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles Tuesday at the Saddledome. Newly-acquired Craig Conroy made an immediate impact in his first game back in a Calgary uniform, as the veteran center scored two goals to lead the way.

Conroy was traded by the Kings to Calgary on Monday. The 35-year-old played three-plus seasons with the Flames from 2001-04 and was a key member of the team's march to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals.

Miika Kiprusoff made 32 saves to help Calgary finish the month of January with an 8-3-2 record. David Moss and Stephane Yelle had the other goals for the Flames, while Alex Tanguay picked up a pair of assists.

Tuesday's victory was the sixth in a row for Calgary at the Saddledome, where the club is an outstanding 20-5-0 on the season. The Flames are currently tied with Minnesota for second place in the Northwest, two points behind division- leading Vancouver.

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