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Tuesday, December 16th (All times eastern)

Calgary Flames (16-11-3) at St. Louis Blues (12-14-3), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames will go for their fifth straight win over the St. Louis Blues, as the two teams square off tonight at Scottrade Center.

The Flames began their four-game season series with the Blues on December 5, posting a 4-3 overtime victory in St. Louis for their fourth straight win over the club and 11th in the last 12 meetings. Calgary has also won two straight and five of its last six in St. Louis.

Miikka Kiprusoff has enjoyed career success versus the Blues, posting a 12-3-1 record against them with a 2.28 goals against average. He made 27 saves in the Flames' 3-2 shootout loss to Florida on Friday, but failed to stop Stephen Weiss' backhander in the extra session.

Rene Bourque notched his second two-goal game of the year for Calgary, which has dropped three straight. Curtis Glencross assisted on both goals to give him 14 helpers on the season, but is doubtful for this game due to a lower- body injury suffered in the third period.

According to Calgary's Web site, head coach Mike Keenan does not expect Glencross to play tonight or tomorrow in Minnesota.

The Flames, two points back of first-place Vancouver in the Northwest Division, are 7-7-1 as the road team this year and lost both games as the visitor last time they played back-to-back road contests.

The Blues return home after going winless on a three-game road trip, and their 5-4 loss to San Jose on Saturday was their fifth in the last seven games.

Chris Mason struggled for a second straight game with Manny Legace on injured reserve due to a head injury. Mason was pulled after allowing four goals in a 6-2 loss to Los Angeles on Thursday and then allowed five goals on 38 shots versus the Sharks.

Brad Winchester registered a pair of goals and David Backes had a goal and an assist for St. Louis. Alexander Steen had two assists and B.J. Crombeen also scored to give him six goals in his last five games.

The Blues are 7-5-2 at home this season.

Mason is 2-2-2 with a 3.32 GAA in seven games (6 starts) lifetime versus the Flames. He lost to them earlier this year, allowing four goals on 30 shots.

12/16 10:38:08 ET


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