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Thursday, November 7th (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (6-7-2) at St. Louis Blues (9-2-2), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Rookie goaltender Reto Berra got the Calgary Flames off to a good start on what figured to be a very tough road trip, but the 26-year- old Swiss came back down to Earth a bit last time out.

Berra will get another chance on Thursday night against the team that drafted him as the Flames continue their four-game swing versus the St. Louis Blues.

Berra was a fourth-round selection by the Blues in 2006 and was dealt to the Flames on April 1 as part of the package that landed St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. With Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald both struggling, Berra made his NHL debut on Sunday, making 42 saves in a win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Head coach Bob Hartley gave Berra another start on Tuesday in Minnesota, but the netminder was tagged for five goals on 24 shots in a 5-1 setback.

Hartley, though, took his goaltender off the hook for his performance and will give him a third straight start tonight.

"The goals they scored, you could have taped Patrick Roy, (Ed) Belfour and (Martin) Brodeur together and we wouldn't have won the game. They were so much better than us. They deserved the two points," said Hartley.

Jiri Hudler scored his sixth goal of the season and defenseman Chad Billins picked up an assist in his NHL debut, but the Flames lost for the third time in four games and for the seventh time in their last 10.

The Flames will wrap their swing on Friday night in Colorado and won't have forward Curtis Glencross for the last two games of the trek after he suffered a lower-body injury versus the Wild.

The Blues are set to begin a five-game homestand tonight and picked up their fourth win in five games on Tuesday with a 3-2 shootout victory in Montreal. Jaroslav Halak stopped a penalty shot against his former team with 48.9 seconds left in regulation and all three Canadiens skaters failed to score on him in the tiebreaker.

T.J. Oshie had the lone shootout tally, while Alexander Steen netted his NHL- leading 13th goal of the season. Chris Stewart added a goal and Halak ended with 25 saves.

Despite the victory, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said it felt like three different games.

"We were so much better in the first period," he said. "Montreal started coming at us in the second. We were frustrated by it, but in the third period it was a perfect split. They played better than us early and we were better than them late."

St. Louis, 5-1-1 as the host this season, is expected to have Brian Elliott in net tonight. It will mark his third start of the season and he is 3-3-0 in his career versus the Flames despite a 1.76 goals against average and one shutout.

The Blues have won five of their last seven versus the Flames, taking three in a row at home.

11/07 10:53:02 ET

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Final
ECU 56
TEMPL 70
Final
NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
Final
DET 4
ATL 6
 
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TAM 2
BAL 3
 
Final
PIT 1
NYY 2
 
Final
HOU 6
PHI 3
 
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MIA 1
STL 4
 
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SFG 8
CHC 6
 
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CIN 3
CLE 9
 
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CWS 1
LOS 6
 
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ANA 3
MIL 2
 
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CHC 2
OAK 2
 
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SEA 9
SDP 4
 
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KAN 5
TEX 4
 
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ARI 4
COL 3
 
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WAS 5
NYM 4
 
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MIN 9
BOS 8
 
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BAL 5
TOR 0
 
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CHI 108
OKC 105
2nd
POR 25
DAL 27
 
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MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
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SIENA 71
NIAG 54
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LEH 62
AMER 68
 
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SCAR 74
ARK 78
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LAF 89
BU 64
 
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PETE 63
FAIR 33
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BUCK 90
HC 83
 
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UNF 71
LIP 57
 
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TENNM 65
MORE 76
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COL 72
NAVY 62
 
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ECU 56
TEMPL 70
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FATL 62
UAB 59
 
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FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
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CHAR 84
WKENT 88
 
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MINN 63
WISC 76
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MIZST 48
SILL 55
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COPST 92
DELST 104
 
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FIU 59
MTST 54
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HAMP 69
NORST 80
 
Final
NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
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COOK 72
SCST 62
 
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APP 67
TXST 64
 
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GSOUT 76
TXARL 64
 
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LAMON 50
UGST 58
 
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ODU 67
MARS 50
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TXSA 74
RICE 76
 
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FAM 64
SAV 57
 
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LATU 72
SMISS 61
 
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JST 72
ALAAM 54
 
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GRAM 46
ALAST 70
 
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TXSOU 94
ALCOR 73
 
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NICST 77
CARK 70
 
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TAMCC 85
HOUB 72
 
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NARZ 58
PORST 51
 
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LAM 61
SHSU 67
 
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ARKST 76
SALA 81
 
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PVU 73
SOUTH 77
 
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ARKLR 69
 
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NO 85
SELA 79
 
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INCWORD 64
ABCHRIST 52
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
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ARZ 99
CAL 60
 
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WASH 47
COL 64
 
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WEBER 74
IDAHO 63
 
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UCONN 53
MEM 54
 
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UTEP 83
UNT 60
 
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STEPH 92
NWST 66
 
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SUTAH 69
SACST 65
 
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DAVID 82
VCU 55
 
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IDST 81
EWASH 85
 
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QUIN 74
MAR 80
 
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BEL 97
EILL 64
 
2nd
DRAK 43
BRAD 43
 
2nd
LBSU 39
CSNO 31
 
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UCI 37
CSFU 29
 
2nd
UCD 35
UCR 40
 
1st
ARST 3
STAN 2
 
1st
WASU 7
UTAH 4
 
Final
BOS 3
CAL 4
Final
WAS 1
MIN 2
Final
PHI 3
STL 1
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FLA 3
DAL 4
Final
TAM 4
TOR 2
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NAS 3
NYI 4
3rd
ARI 2
VAN 1
 
1st Intermission
LOS 2
MON 0