NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 5th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (6-5-3) at Colorado Avalanche (8-5-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to bounce back from a rare
home loss when they host the Calgary Flames tonight at the Pepsi Center.
Colorado matched a franchise record by beginning the season with victories in
its first six home games. That matched the 6-0 home start the club posted in
the 1995 season when it was still known as the Quebec Nordiques.
However, that run, as well as a four-game overall winning streak, came to an
end on Saturday, as the Vancouver Canucks posted a 4-3 victory over the
Marek Svatos scored twice, Jeff Finger lit the lamp, and Paul Stastny added
two assists in the loss. Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 22 shots faced.
Stastny now has four goals and 11 assists in seven home games this season.
Also, Joe Sakic posted an assist to extend his point streak to seven games (1
goal, 9 assists). He has at least one helper in each one of those games, as
Colorado fell to 2-1 on a five-game homestand that concludes against Edmonton
But first, the Avalanche will have to get past Calgary, a team in which
Colorado currently owns a six-game winning streak against. That includes two
victories against the Flames already this season.
This marks the Avalanche's longest winning streak over the Flames since taking
eight in a row from November 13, 1999 to November 25, 2000.
Calgary will play the back end of consecutive road contests tonight, and lost
to Minnesota, 4-1, in St. Paul on Saturday. Marian Gaborik scored a pair of
goals to lead the Wild past the Flames.
Jarome Iginla had the lone goal for Calgary, which has lost two straight and
is 2-2-1 as the visiting club this year. Miikka Kiprusoff allowed three goals
on 16 shots in a losing effort.
Iginla now has five points (3g, 2a) over his last three games, while Alex
Tanguay assisted on Iginla's tally. That point pushed Tanguay's point streak
to five games, and he has amassed four goals and five assists over that run.
11/05 10:31:36 ET