NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 17th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (28-25-4) at Calgary Flames (30-20-8), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams will battle for the second time in three
days tonight at Pengrowth Saddledome, where the Calgary Flames again play host
to the Colorado Avalanche.
The two teams just met on Thursday, when Milan Hejduk's hat trick propelled
the Avalanche to a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Flames.
The teams have met three times so far this year, with a game schedule in
Denver in December postponed until April 8. The Flames had posted wins in the
first two contests until Thursday's setback. That loss snapped both a five-
game overall winning streak and a five-game home winning burst in the series
Joe Sakic scored twice, including his 600th career goal, and also added three
assists for the Avalanche, winners of two straight and three of five. Andrew
Brunette notched a goal and two assists in the win, while Brett Clark added a
goal and one assist.
Sakic made history as the 17th player to reach the 600-goal plateau with
an empty-net clincher 10 seconds before the final buzzer.
The Avalanche, though, again struggled in net to start the game.
Jose Theodore picked up the win on Thursday, stopping eight-of-nine shots in
relief of starter Peter Budaj. Budaj was pulled after giving up four goals on
20 shots in just over 35 minutes of action.
Colorado, which moved to 12-12-1 on the road, has now made a mid-game
goaltending switch in three of its last four contests.
The Avalanche still remain last in the Northwest Division and are seven points
out of a playoff spot. The club will wrap up a three-game road trip Sunday in
Jarome Iginla posted two goals for the Flames, who have dropped five of their
last six. Former Av Alex Tanguay picked up three assists, Craig Conroy had a
goal and two helpers, and Matt Lombardi tallied twice in defeat.
Roman Hamrlik chipped in a pair of assists for Calgary, which received a
subpar performance in goal from Miikka Kiprusoff. The All-Star netminder
stopped just 29-of-35 chances.
The Flames enter this matchup in second place in the Northwest Division, two
points behind Vancouver.
Thursday's loss dropped the Flames to 1-1 on their current three-game
homestand and 23-6-1 at home on the season.
These teams will face one another again on Tuesday, this time at the Pepsi
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