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Tuesday, February 28th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (33-21-5) at Calgary Flames (33-17-7), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The top two teams in the Northwest Division clash tonight when the first-place Calgary Flames welcome the Vancouver Canucks to the Saddledome.

With 73 points, Calgary is two ahead of Vancouver and three up on the third- place Colorado Avalanche. Overall, first and last place in the division are separated by a mere 10 points.

Calgary won three straight games before the Olympic break, toppling San Jose, Anaheim and St. Louis.

The Flames come out of the break with a rested goaltender in Miikka Kiprusoff. The Finnish netminder, who is tied for the league lead with 29 wins, opted out of the Olympics to rest his sore hip.

Calgary, which is 20-5-3 on home ice, begins the post-Olympic run with five straight games at the Saddledome.

Vancouver, meanwhile, went 5-3-0 in its final eight games before the break. The team did suffer some casualties during the Olympics, as defensemen Sami Salo (shoulder) and Mattias Ohlund (ribs) sustained injuries and will be out of the lineup tonight.

The Canucks hope for a boost down the stretch from twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who are fresh off winning the gold medal with Team Sweden. Both players were in Stockholm for a celebration on Monday, and will likely be out of the lineup tonight.

Vancouver, which is 13-16-2 on the road, begins a three-game trip this evening.

Calgary is 4-2 against Vancouver this season, but the Canucks have won the last two affairs.

02/28 10:41:01 ET

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