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Friday, October 7th (All times eastern)

Calgary Flames (0-1-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The reigning Western Conference-champion Calgary Flames shoot again for their first win of the season tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

On Wednesday the Flames dropped a 6-3 contest in Minnesota. Marc Chouinard netted a hat trick and Todd White chipped in with a goal and two assists to lead the Wild in the opener.

Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, who fell to 11-12-10 all-time in season openers.

Stephane Yelle also scored and Miikka Kiprusoff allowed five goals on 27 shots for the Flames in the loss.

Iginla is off and running in his quest for another piece of the Maurice Richard Trophy. In 2003-04 he finished tied for the NHL goal-scoring lead with Ilya Kovalchuk and Rick Nash at 41 tallies.

Calgary will continue its four-game season-opening road trip on Sunday in Detroit before finishing up the next night at Colorado. The Flames will finally get to hold their home opener on Thursday against Dallas.

Columbus, meanwhile, dropped a 3-2 contest to Alexander Ovechkin and the host Capitals on Wednesday. Ovechkin scored the first two goals of his career to lead Washington.

Dan Fritsche netted two goals, Gilbert Brule and Luke Richardson had an assist each and Pascal Leclaire stopped 16 shots for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 1-3-1 on opening night.

Brule was the sixth-overall selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft held in July.

Nash is nursing a high ankle sprain for the Jackets and is questionable for tonight.

The Blue Jackets will begin a four-game road trip Sunday in Chicago.

Calgary went 3-1 against Columbus in 2003-04, but the home team has won 11 of the 15 meetings between the clubs.

10/07 11:17:13 ET


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