The Avalanche are set to square off here less than 24 hours after being on the wrong end of an 8-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
"They'll probably be an [angry] group [Friday], I would think," Flames forward Mike Cammalleri said. "Generally after teams have an outing like that, they feel like they have something to prove to themselves, their coach, their fans, the League, everybody the next night."
Colorado trailed Edmonton 3-2 midway through the second period Thursday before the Oilers scored five straight goals.
"They took it on the chin pretty good so they're going to come out ready to go, and we know that," said Shane O'Brien, who played for Colorado last season.
It's the Flames' job to squash any early jump from the Avalanche.
"We'll try, for sure," Cammalleri said. "I think they'll definitely want to come out hard. So will we."
It could be difficult for Calgary. The Flames will find themselves shorthanded up front. Joe Colborne missed the morning skate due to illness, and Brian McGrattan, who did skate, is doubtful to play after leaving practice early Thursday.
"Joe called in early this morning sick so maybe he's going to be in, maybe he will not be," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "If you see him in warm-up there's a chance. If he's not there, well, he's sick.
"If [Colborne] is not going, we'll dress seven [defensemen] because that's all that we have right now."
With McGrattan's status in doubt, the Flames recalled Lane MacDermid from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League on Thursday. MacDermid has yet to play for the Flames since Calgary acquired the 24-year-old from the Dallas Stars on Nov. 22 in a trade for a sixth-round pick.
He said he's eager to make an impression.
"I'm excited," he said. "It's a good opportunity for me and seems like a good group of guys so it'll be a good experience for me. I'm hoping to make a bit of an impression with the club and do my best and hopefully contribute."
Having coached against MacDermid earlier this season, Hartley said he has an idea of what to expect out of him.
"Big kid, up and down," Hartley said. "Physical player, can finish his check, great on forechecks. With [McGrattan's] injury right now we felt like we wanted a little size. That's why we called him up."
Here is how the Avalanche and the Flames might line up:
Scratched: Brad Malone