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PREVIEW - FLAMES VS. AVALANCHE

The Flames host the Colorado Avalanche on Monday at 7:00 p.m.

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

AVALANCHE (20-51-3) VS. FLAMES (42-29-4)

BROADCAST: 7:00 p.m.; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: The Flames have won the first two contests in their three-game season series with the Colorado Avalanche, outscoring them 10-4. Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau lead the Flames with three goals and four points against the Avalanche this year. Brian Elliott was in net for both victories, making a combined 42 saves on 46 shots.

AVALANCHE TEAM SCOPE: Colorado is in the midst of a tough season, sitting last in the NHL with a 20-51-3 record and 43 points on the year. They are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games, have lost their last five skates and are coming off of a 4-1 setback to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with with 15 goals and 47 points through 74 games. Goaltender Calvin Pickard has played the bulk of the games in net, posting a 13-26-2 record with a 2.91 GAA and a .907 save percentage. On the injury front, defenceman Nikita Zadorov is out for the season with an ankle injury. Netminder Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a groin malady.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames wrapped up their three-game road trip on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues. Sean Monahan netted the game-winner with just 2.5 seconds remaining in the extra frame and is now the Flames' leader in regular season overtime goals with seven. Monahan has 25 goals and 52 points on the year and has registered six points in his last four skates. Elliott continues to be a pillar of strength in net, going 13-1-1 and posting a 1.84 GAA and a .938 save percentage in his last 15 starts. During that stretch, he has two shutouts.

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