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Flames conclude road trip at Colorado

by Frank Mentesana
FLAMES (5-6-1) at AVALANCHE (7-5-1)


Last 10: Calgary 5-4-1; Colorado 5-4-1.

Season series: Sunday's contest is the second of six meetings between the Northwest division rivals, who see each other again in just a few days on Nov. 12. In their first matchup on Oct. 26 in Calgary, the Flames doubled up the Avalanche 4-2 behind a pair of tallies from Rene Bourque, Roman Horak's first NHL goal, and 34 saves by Miikka Kiprusoff.

Big Story: With their recent success against Colorado, the Flames probably wish they could play the Avs more often. Calgary has won six in a row against the Avalanche -- including a 9-1 drubbing last February. The Flames have outscored the Avs 27-10 during the streak, with their two star players leading the way. Kiprusoff has won his last seven starts against the Avalanche, including four in Colorado with a 1.29 goals-against average.  Captain Jarome Iginla has a five-game point streak against the Avs and his 33 goals versus Colorado are his most against any team.

Team Scope:

Flames: The Flames conclude a three-game road trip on Sunday, following a 4-1 victory in Detroit and a 2-1 defeat in Buffalo, where they allowed a season-high 44 shots. Backup netminder Henrik Karlsson made a career-high 42 saves in his third start of the season, but was unable to notch his first win of the season.

"Hank played unbelievable, and gave us a chance to get back in it," Iginla said. "Yeah, we gave up a few too many shots, but we also had some good scoring chances. We just couldn't get the tying goal."

Calgary's biggest chance came in the second period when they trailed 1-0 and had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:09. Jonas Enroth made a couple of solid saves and was also helped out when a blast from Anton Babchuk hit the crossbar. The Flames finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play.

"You need to bury something there," coach Brent Sutter said. "We never really started doing what we needed to do until we were down 2."

Avalanche: Matt Duchene's first NHL hat trick and six goals on the road were not enough for the Avs to win on Friday, as they fell in overtime to the Stars 7-6. Duchene recorded a career-high four points in a wild affair that saw Colorado lose for just the second time in eight road games this season. After trailing 2-0 through one period, the Stars scored four unanswered before the Avs responded with three goals to retake the lead at 5-4. However, Colorado lost two one-goal leads in the third and Loui Eriksson deflected the puck off defenseman Erik Johnson and past Semyon Varlamov for the winner in OT.
"Offensively, there are a lot of good things to take away from that game," Duchene said. "Even when we got down we stayed with it. It's a weird game to comment on, it’s very unorthodox for an Avalanche team to be in a game like that."

The Avalanche have gone 1-3-1 after winning six of their first eight games -- and a return to Denver for three of their next four and 11 of their next 14 might not help. Colorado is the only team in the League with only one win at home, having scored just six goals in five games at the Pepsi Center.

Who's Hot: After his four-point effort versus the Stars, Duchene has 6 points in his last four games. Also, Ryan Wilson posted three assists on Friday and Kyle Quincey has points in five of his previous six, posting 1 goal and 5 assists in that span. … For Calgary, Kiprusoff has not allowed more than two goals in five of his last six starts, winning four of them.

Injury Report: Flames forward Mikael Backlund remains on IR with a broken finger. … For the Avalanche, center Peter Mueller has been sidelined since Oct. 12 with a head injury but has been skating with the team, while forward Brandon Yip (broken forearm) is still on IR.

Stat Pack: The Avs were 2-for-5 with the man-advantage in Dallas, and have the top-ranked power play in the League at 27.9 percent. Calgary has been excellent on the penalty kill on the road though, surrendering just one goal in its opponents' 17 chances.

Puck Drop: Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly are tied for the team lead with 10 points, but neither has scored a goal in 13 career games versus Calgary.

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