NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 8th
(All times Eastern)
Calgary Flames (13-20-4) at Colorado Avalanche (12-21-5), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to climb out of the Western
Conference basement on Monday, as they host the Calgary Flames in a clash
between the West's worst teams.
Colorado enters Monday with 29 points, leaving the Avalanche just one point in
back of the Flames. Neither team has much of a chance at making the
postseason, as Calgary and the Avs are 12 and 13 points out of a playoff spot,
respectively. The Flames have 11 games left on their schedule, while Colorado
The Avs are 2-1 against Calgary this season, but the Flames ended a four-game
series' skid with a 4-3 home regulation win on March 27. Calgary has won 10 of
14 overall in this series, but Colorado has claimed the last two encounters on
its home ice.
Both the Flames and Avalanche enter this game on sizeable losing streaks.
Calgary is on its longest skid of the season, going 0-5 since its last win,
which was the home victory against Colorado on March 27. Longtime Flames star
Jarome Iginla was a healthy scratch for that win over the Avalanche and it was
announced that he was traded to Pittsburgh shortly after the game.
Meanwhile, the Avs are 0-3-1 over their last four outings for their third
four-game slide in less than a month. Colorado went 0-4 from March 12-18 and
also lost four straight in regulation from March 23-28.
The Flames fell to Vancouver on Saturday, losing its 13th straight on the road
to fall to 3-13-2 as the guest this season. Only Colorado has a longer current
road losing streak in the NHL, as it lost its 14th straight game away from
Denver in Saturday's loss to Phoenix.
Henrik Sedin scored once and had two assists and Daniel Sedin added three
helpers to lead the Canucks to the 5-2 win over the Flames, who last won as
the guest on Feb. 17 in Dallas. Cory Schneider stopped 36-of-38 shots in the
Dennis Wideman and Alex Tanguay each scored once for the Flames and Matt
Stajan added two assists for the Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff had 17 saves in the
"I really believe Cory Schneider was the difference in tonight's game,"
Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said. "He made some unbelievable saves at
critical times of the game."
Calgary is completing a three-game road trip tonight before playing two
straight and four of its next five at the Saddledome.
The Avalanche were handed a 4-0 loss in Saturday's meeting with the Coyotes.
Mike Smith returned from a six-game absence for Phoenix and posted 24 saves to
notch his fifth shutout of the season.
Semyon Varlamov allowed all four goals on 28 shots for the Avalanche, who lost
for the eighth time in nine games and fell to 2-15-3 as the road team this
"It's been a tough stretch here," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "We're
trying to do what we can as coaches to make sure the guys are staying positive
and sticking together."
Colorado is 10-6-2 on home ice, but the Avs will head out on a two-game tour
of Anaheim and Los Angeles after Monday's game.
04/08 10:51:14 ET