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Sunday, March 1st (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (22-30-12) at Calgary Flames (37-18-6), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Calgary Flames will shoot for a fifth straight victory when the welcome the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning for tonight's interconference battle at the Saddledome.

In addition to winning four games in a row, the Flames, who lead the Northwest Division with 80 points, have also come out on top in six of their last seven outings. Calgary comes into today's action with a 10-point lead over Vancouver for the division lead.

The Flames picked up their latest victory Friday night against visiting Minnesota. Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff needed to make just 15 saves to notch his league-leading 37th win of the season, as Calgary tamed the Wild, 4-1.

Dion Phaneuf and Jamie Lundmark also tallied for the Flames, who have earned at least a point in nine straight games, going 7-0-2 over that stretch.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla collected an assist and now needs just one point to match Theo Fleury's club record of 830 points. He has nine goals and three assists in 14 career games against the Lightning.

Tonight's test marks the end of a three-game homestand for the Flames, who are 22-7-4 as the host this year and have won three of four and six of their last nine games at the Saddledome.

The Lightning, meanwhile, have lost two straight and six of their last games and is currently tied for 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay is 17 points out of a playoff berth.

Tampa is 0-2 so far on a three-game tour of western Canada, having dropped a 5-3 decision against Edmonton on Tuesday and then losing a close decision Friday evening in Vancouver. Roberto Luongo made 20 saves and Steve Bernier netted the game-winner in the middle of the third period, as the Canucks clipped the Lightning, 2-1, at General Motors Place.

Rookie Steven Stamkos had the lone tally for Tampa Bay, which is 0-8-1 with a pair of ties all-time in Vancouver since entering the league prior to the 1992-93 season.

Karri Ramo was the hard-luck loser after stopping 23-of-25 shots for the Lightning.

The Bolts have a dreadful 9-18-4 record as the guest this year and have lost seven straight road games. Tampa will begin a three-game homestand with Tuesday's battle against Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay has won four of the last six meetings with the Flames, but Calgary notched a 9-6 road win in the only encounter between the clubs last season. The Lightning have won two straight and three of their last four games at the Saddledome.

03/01 10:55:28 ET


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