The Colorado Avalanche will host the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. It is the first of three meetings between the two clubs this campaign. The other two matchups will take place during the last week of February.
Both teams are in the second half of a back-to-back set as Colorado played at the Minnesota Wild and Calgary visited the Dallas Stars on Friday.
Colorado is 54-49-10 all-time against the Flames (since 1995-96), including a 28-23-6 record at home.
Last Time Out
The Avalanche lost 3-2 in a shootout at the Minnesota Wild on Friday. J.T. Compher netted his second short-handed goal of the season, and Blake Comeau scored his fifth tally. Jonathan Bernier made his third consecutive start in net for the Avs and made 25 saves in the loss.
The Flames fell 6-4 at the Dallas Stars on Friday night despite receiving three-point games from both Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Mike Smith was in net for Calgary and stopped 36 shots before he was pulled for an extra skater, and Dallas sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
Last Time They Met
The Flames defeated the Avalanche 4-2 on March 27 in Calgary. Sven Andrighetto scored both of Colorado's goals, the second time in his career that he found the back of the net twice in one game. For Calgary, Monahan had a goal and three assists and Micheal Ferland, Troy Brouwer and Gaudreau each scored. Calvin Pickard was between the pipes for the Avs and stopped 23 shots while Brian Elliott made 24 saves for the Flames.
Player to Watch
Colorado: Center Gabriel Landeskog
Landeskog has found the scoresheet in his last three games and leads the Avs with nine goals this season. He is also on a six-game point streak at home, as he has registered nine points (six goals, three assists) during that time frame. The Stockholm, Sweden, native has recorded 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 20 career games against Calgary.
Calgary: Center Sean Monahan
Through 22 games this campaign, Flames forward Sean Monahan has registered 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists). He scored twice and added a helper on Friday in Calgary's loss to the Stars and has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his last four outings.
The contest between the Avalanche and the Flames is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT on Saturday night and tickets are still available. The game will be televised on Altitude and nationally broadcasted in Canada on Hockey Night In Canada on CBC. The radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Radio AM 950 or online at Colorado Avalanche.com