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Streaking Red Wings host slumping Flames

Nov 1, 2006 - 4:31 PM Calgary (3-6-1) at Detroit (6-4-1) 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings started slow, but have played better of late. The opposite is true of the Calgary Flames, who have lost four of their last five.

Winners of three straight, the Red Wings host the Flames on Wednesday.

The Red Wings got two goals from Tomas Holmstrom in a 3-2 road victory over the St. Louis Blues last Saturday. Pavel Datsyuk assisted on both of Holmstrom's goals while Chris Osgood made 28 saves.

Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios, who was a healthy scratch in Saturday's triumph, will play in his 1,486th game if he suits up, which would tie him with Wayne Gretzky for 12th place on the all-time games played list. The 44-year-old Chelios does not have a point in 10 games this season.

Calgary comes off two straight home losses, the latest a 4-2 defeat to the Washington Capitals on Monday.

Kristian Huselius and Jarome Iginla scored the goals for the Flames, who outshot Washington, 39-31, but were 0-for-5 on the power play. Iginla has gotten off to a solid start with six goals and five assists in 10 games.

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has a 2.82 goals-against average and .908 save percentage, but is just 3-6-1.

Both teams have struggled with the extra skater. Detroit is only converting at a 10.5 percent rate on the power play while Calgary is not much better at 11.3 percent.

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