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CANUCKS (22-16-0) AT FLAMES (20-11-5)

GAME TIME: 5:00 PST

TV: Canucks PPV

SEASON SERIES: 2-0 Flames

THINE ENEMY: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Suddenly this game has more implications to it. A win by the Canucks and they will pass the Flames in the Western Conference standings and take possession of 7th spot, 4 points behind the Northwest Division-leading Colorado Avalanche. It's going to be a war!

The Canucks are 2-3 in the second game of a back-to-back situation this season. We'll see how they hold up as the game goes along.

More after the jump...

I have to make this quick... busy day. My apologies.

Alexander Edler and Mikael Samuelsson were greeted to the day with news that they will not be on the Swedish Olympic team, but, obviously, the Sedins made the roster. Call that a bit of a ding on Mike Gillis with the Samuelsson signing?

The Flames have slowed recently, with a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games. They have lost 5 of their last 6. In their last 5 games:

-Rene Bourque has 2 goals and 5 points

-Jarome Iginla has 2 goals and 5 points

-Olli Jokinen has 4 assists

-Daymond Langkow has 1 goal and 3 assists

-Mark Giordano has 2 goals and 2 assists

COMPARATIVE STATS

GOALS PER GAME: Canucks 5th, Flames 11th

GOALS AGAINST PER GAME: Calgary 5th, Canucks 8th

5 ON 5: Canucks 6th, Flames 7th

POWER PLAY: Canucks 3rd, Flames 15th

PENALTY KILL: Calgary 11th, Canucks 18th

SHOTS PER GAME: Canucks 12th, Flames 28th

SHOTS AGAINST: Canucks 11th, Flames 20th

FACEOFFS: Canucks 10th, Flames 30th

How good is Miikka Kiprusoff? Not bad at all.

Should be an intense and physical affair. The Flames have had 4 days off. The Canucks had better be game-ready.