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Avalanche Road Trip Continues Against Calgary

It is the second half of a back-to-back set for Colorado

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche continues its season-long, five-game road trip on Wednesday against the Calgary Flames. It's the third game between the clubs in 2018-19, wrapping up their three-game season series.

It's also the second game of a back-to-back set for Colorado, which played Tuesday night in Winnipeg and is 3-2-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Last Time Out

Colorado fell to the Winnipeg Jets 7-4 on Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place. Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals to bring his season total to 27, a new career high and tied for third in the NHL. Carl Soderberg (one goal, one assist), Nathan MacKinnon (two assists) and Tyson Barrie (two assists) also registered multi-point games for Colorado. The Avs outshot the Jets 41-21 and finished 1-for-5 on the power play.

Johnny Gaudreau scored twice to extend his goal streak to five games as the Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Monday at United Center. Garnet Hathaway and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary, which has won five of its last seven games. The Flames outshot the Blackhawks 43-35 and finished 1-for-4 on the power play. David Rittich finished with 32 saves.

Last Time They Met

The Avalanche held a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play but was defeated by Calgary 6-5 on Nov. 1 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Vladislav Kamenev and Sheldon Dries each scored their first NHL goal, and Dries and Colin Wilson finished with a goal and an assist each to pace Colorado. The Avs were 1-for-2 on the power play, while Calgary finished 1-for-4 with the man advantage. The Flames were paced by captain Mark Giordano, who finished with four points (one goal, three assists).

What To Watch

Blocking Shots

The Avalanche will face one of the league's top offenses on Wednesday, as Calgary's 157 goals in 2018-19 is third in the NHL to the Tampa Bay Lightning (177) and San Jose Sharks (160). Calgary's 1429 shots rank sixth in the league, with their 32.5 shots per game tied for ninth. Colorado's 667 blocked shots is fifth among NHL teams, paced by defenseman Ian Cole, whose 114 blocked shots is tops in the league.

Road Power Play

Colorado has scored a power-play goal in each of its last four road games and is 24-for-81 (29.6 percent) with the man advantage away from Pepsi Center this season, the third-ranked road unit in the league.

Player To Watch

Colorado: Defenseman Tyson Barrie

Barrie registered two assists against Winnipeg on Tuesday night to extend his point streak to five games and has notched eight points (one goal, seven assists) through that span, including five assists in his last two outings. Barrie has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 21 career contests against Calgary.

Calgary: Left wing Johnny Gaudreau

Gaudreau was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday and enters Wednesday's contest on a five-game goal streak with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) over that span. He has two points (one goal, one assist) in the two outings against Colorado this season.

The Details

Wednesday's tilt between the Avs and the Flames begins at 7:30 p.m. MT. The game can be watched on Altitude TV, and the radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM.

Fans can to vote for captain Gabriel Landeskog as the Central Division's "Last Man In" for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.

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