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Thursday, December 27th (All times eastern)

Calgary Flames (17-13-7) at Vancouver Canucks (20-13-4), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames didn't have much luck at home after concluding a very successful road swing. The club packs its bags yet again for a trip to Vancouver, where it will play the Canucks tonight at GM Place.

Calgary won all six tests of a recent road trip from December 9-18 for the first time in team history. The Flames then returned home, but lost two straight overtime games.

However, coupled with a shootout loss against Pittsburgh on December 6, Calgary has earned at least one point in nine straight games.

The Flames lost 3-2 against Dallas last Friday and was then blanked by the Devils, 1-0, on Sunday. Patrik Elias scored 25 seconds into overtime to lift New Jersey.

Miikka Kiprusoff was the hard-luck loser, finishing the game with 21 saves.

Calgary is 10-6-1 on the road and next returns home for three straight games, starting with a tilt versus Anaheim on Saturday.

While the Flames have been outstanding on the road as of late, the Canucks are getting it done at home. The team is 9-6-2 as the host after winning seven of their last eight in Vancouver.

The Canucks play the first of back-to-back home tests tonight. The club will also host Anaheim on Sunday.

Vancouver was last in action on Sunday and was handed a 3-1 loss in Colorado.

Taylor Pyatt had the only goal, with Jason Jaffray and Byron Ritchie getting the assists for Vancouver, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Roberto Luongo made 29 saves in the loss.

Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund is questionable for tonight due to a strained neck.

The Canucks have won all three meetings with the Flames so far this year and seven of the last nine overall. Vancouver has also won three of four and five of the last seven at home against Calgary.

12/27 11:00:51 ET

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