The Colorado Avalanche returns home from a three-game road trip to face the Calgary Flames on Monday night at Pepsi Center to begin a three-game homestand.
The Avalanche earned its sixth straight win on Saturday with a 4-1 win at the Boston Bruins, a team that hadn't lost a home game in regulation going into the matchup.
Colorado received at least a point from nine different players, including an empty-net goal from Gabriel Landeskog--his second tally in as many games since returning from a lower-body injury--Ian Cole's first tally of the season and Mark Barberio's first point with an assist. Goaltender Pavel Francouz took over in net late in the first period after starter Philipp Grubauer left with an injury and stopped all 16 shots he faced on the night.
The Calgary Flames are beginning a two-game trip and are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Dillon Dube, Milan Lucic and Derek Ryan all turned in two-point games for the Flames, who erased a 2-0 deficit for their fourth-straight win.
Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames
Pepsi Center | Denver, Colo.
Cale Makar is from Calgary and played for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 2014-2017… Tyson Jost (St. Albert) and assistant coach Ray Bennett (Innisfail) and Nolan Pratt (Fort McMurray) are from the province of Alberta… Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar was an assistant coach for the Flames' AHL affiliate, Abbotsford Heat, during the 2009-10 season… Colin Wilson's father, Carey, played for the Flames from 1983-1988.
The Avalanche is on a six-game winning streak against the Flames, dating back to last season's first-round playoff series. The Avs won the teams' first-ever postseason meeting in five games.
This year, Colorado won the first two matchups, beating the Flames 5-3 on opening night on Oct. 3 and then 3-2 in Calgary on Nov. 19. The Avalanche franchise owns an all-time mark of 68-75-23 against the Flames but is 57-53-11 since moving to Denver in 1995.
The Avalanche did not practice on Sunday… Matt Calvert is expected to return to the team after missing Saturday's game on personal leave… Vladislav Kamenev was back in Colorado's lineup in Boston after missing the previous two contests with an illness.
Philipp Grubauer left Saturday's game at 17:25 with an injury but was able to finish as the backup goaltender, while Cale Makar left in the third period with an injury and did not return. Head coach Jared Bednar said afterward that he won't have an update on either player until Monday or Tuesday… Nazem Kadri is day-to-day with a lower-body injury… Erik Johnson is out with a lower-body injury… Colin Wilson is out indefinitely and is scheduled to have surgery to help fix his lower-body injury.
SCOUTING THE FLAMES
The Flames (15-12-4) enter the contest on a four-game winning streak, with the last three coming after Bill Peters resigned as head coach. Calgary has allowed just nine goals total during its winning streak. Overall this season, the Flames have allowed 92 goals, 12th-most in the NHL, and have scored just 78, which ranks 27th in the league.
Matthew Tkachuk leads the team with 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists), followed by Sean Monahan with 24 (eight goals, 16 assists) and Johnny Gaudreau with 23 (six goals, 17 assists).
(OPPOSING) PLAYER TO WATCH: Sean Monahan
Sean Monahan is on a five-game point streak (three goals, three assists) and is tied for the team lead in production since Oct. 21 with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in the Flames' last 21 games.
He opened the season with a two-point night (one goal, one assist) in Calgary's 5-3 loss at Avalanche on Oct. 3 and then picked up another assist in the teams' second meeting, a 3-2 Avs win on Nov. 19. Monahan has 19 career points (six goals, 13 assists) against Colorado in 19 games, with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his last 10 contests.
The Avalanche is on a six-game winning streak, its longest of the season since starting the year 5-0-0. The last time the club had won six straight was Nov. 18-26, 2018.
Colorado has scored 26 goals during its six-game winning streak, the second-most in the NHL in that span (since Nov. 27) behind the Buffalo Sabres (27).
With the win over the Bruins, Colorado earned its 40th point of the season, tied for the fourth-most in the NHL and the most for any team that's played fewer than 30 games.
Monday's matchup will be the third and final game between the Avalanche and Flames in 2019-20… Colorado will also play the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and New Jersey Devils on Friday during its three-game homestand… Pavel Francouz is 5-0-0 in his last seven games, with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage… Valeri Nichushkin, who scored a goal on Saturday, has six of his seven points this year (four goals, three assists) in his last nine games… Ryan Graves has a plus-minus rating of plus-19, the second-best in the NHL (Washington Capitals' John Carlson, plus-20).