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Monday, December 31st (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (22-13-4) at Calgary Flames (18-14-7), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try for their fifth straight win against Calgary this year when the clubs get together tonight at the Flames' Pengrowth Saddledome.

Vancouver leads the Northwest Division by two points over Minnesota, while Calgary is in fourth, five points back. After splitting the eight-game season series in each of the last two campaigns, the Canucks have bested the Flames in four meetings so far this year, two at home and two on the road.

Overall, Vancouver has won 12 of the last 16 in the series and four of five in Calgary.

The Canucks were home on Sunday and won their second straight game by defeating the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1. Roberto Luongo stopped 21-of-22 shots to pace Vancouver.

Daniel Sedin and Matt Cooke each scored a goal as the Canucks won for the fifth time in their last six games while improving to 10-0-2 in their last 12 home games. Henrik Sedin assisted on both goals.

Mattias Ohlund missed his third straight game due to neck spasms and likely won't play tonight. However, Ryan Kesler returned to action yesterday after sitting out a game because of a concussion.

Vancouver has lost three of its last four on the road, where it is 11-7-2 on the season. The Canucks open the new year with two straight home games.

The Flames were paced by Jarome Iginla and Kristin Huselius on Saturday in a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Iginla's first goal was the 350th of his career, while his second tally put the Flames ahead for good. Huselius, meanwhile, evened the score at 3-3 in the second and he capped the game with an empty-net goal.

Iginla now has 27 goals on the season, which is third in the NHL, while his 53 points are second in the league behind only Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier's 56 points.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves in the win for the Flames, who snapped a three- game losing streak.

The win came in the opener of a three-game homestand that will wrap on Wednesday against the New York Rangers. The Flames are 8-7-6 as the host this season.

12/31 10:49:40 ET


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