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Daily Primer Jan. 6: Flames look for offense

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Daily Primer Jan. 6: Flames look for offense
The Calgary Flames experienced a tremendous amount of difficulty scoring goals during a five-game homestand. Now they must try to reverse their fortunes on the road.

The Calgary Flames experienced a tremendous amount of difficulty scoring goals during a five-game homestand. Now they must try to reverse their fortunes on the road.

Calgary, which hasn't won in regulation in 14 games, will visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Monday (9 p.m. ET, SNET-W, ALT). The Flames scored five goals on their recent homestand, with four of those goals scored in one game.

"It hasn't been an easy week," Flames coach Bob Hartley said Sunday. "That's for sure, but at the same time, that's part of a rebuilding program. You're going to hit your bumps in the road."

Here's a look at all of the NHL action Monday:

Dallas Stars at New York Islanders -- It's the first of three games in the New York metropolitan area for the Stars, who will visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and the New York Rangers on Friday. Dallas will be aiming to avoid a three-game losing streak Monday; the Stars have been outscored 11-5 in back-to-back losses against the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, with each loss taking place on home ice. The Islanders failed to win their fourth straight game Saturday, when they suffered a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers -- The Blue Jackets head to Madison Square Garden after a 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, a game that saw them build a 2-0 lead before allowing six unanswered goals. The question surrounding the Rangers is, who plays goal? Cam Talbot lowered his goals-against average to 1.66 in a 7-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday; Henrik Lundqvist has a 2.78 GAA and .905 save percentage this season.

Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens -- Florida tries to continue its playoff push against the Canadiens, who have lost three of their past four games (1-2-1). The Panthers are coming off a 5-4 shootout win against the Nashville Predators at BB&T Center, which saw rookie forward Aleksander Barkov extend his point streak to five games. Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban and forward Max Pacioretty each have six points over the past three games. Florida has won seven of its past nine against the Canadiens.

Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche -- Calgary is going through a tough stretch. The Flames have been shut out in three of their past four games, scoring one goal over that span. All four games took place at Scotiabank Saddledome. Colorado will play the fifth of a seven-game homestand; the Avalanche are 3-0-1 thus far after a 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon has four goals and an assist in the past four games.

Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic