NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 29th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (14-7-2) at Calgary Flames (13-9-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames will try to inch closer to the Vancouver
Canucks in the division standings tonight, as the two Northwest Division
rivals wrap a home-and-home set at Pengrowth Saddledome.
The Flames picked up their first win in three games against the Canucks this
season with Thursday's 4-3 victory in Vancouver. Mike Cammalleri posted his
first-career hat trick, while Curtis Glencross netted the game-winner late in
the third period.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves to pick up the win for the Flames, who have won
four of five. Kiprusoff improved to 15-13-5 with a 2.99 goals against average
lifetime against the Canucks.
The win by Calgary also pulled the club to within three points of first-place
Vancouver in the standings. The Flames are 8-3-1 as the host this year,
winning four of their last five at Pengrowth Saddledome.
The Flames would love for Cammalleri to get on a hot streak. Acquired from the
Kings by way of a trade this past offseason, the 26-year-old has four goals in
his past two games after managing only one in his previous 10.
Jarome Iginla had two assists versus the Canucks and leads the team in goals
(12), assists (16) and points (28). He has 23 goals and 34 assists in 65 games
lifetime against Vancouver.
Vancouver lost for the first time since franchise netminder Roberto Luongo
went down with a strained groin that has his status as week-to-week. Curtis
Sanford made his second start in place of Luongo and was beaten four times on
33 shots, as the Canucks had their four-game winning streak end.
Sanford fell to 1-4-0 with a 3.47 GAA in six games the Flames.
Mason Raymond, Daniel Sedin and Darcy Hordichuk registered goals in defeat.
Sedin has points in seven straight games, notching six goals and four assists
in that span. He has 13 goals and 31 assists in 48 games against Calgary.
Vancouver tonight will embark on a season-high seven-game road trip. It has
won three straight and five of its last six on the road, going 7-4-1 overall
as the visiting team this year. The Canucks, though, went just 2-4-0 on a six-
game trip from October 11-21 earlier this year.
The Canucks have won three of their last five trips to Calgary.
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