Game Day

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES AT COLORADO AVALANCHE

TONIGHT AT 7 P.M., TV: PAY PER VIEW, RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

The Flames (12-8-2) had their eight-game winning streak ended by the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-2 loss Friday night at the Saddledome. The Avalanche (10-6-2) lost 4-3 against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night thanks to Kings F Pavol Demitra's hat-trick. Demitra nearly signed in Colorado as a free agent but settled in L.A. instead.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Calgary lost the first of eight meetings 7-3 at the Pepsi Center in Colorado Oct. 10. In the rematch, the Flames beat the Avs 5-3 at the Saddledome after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first period.

WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- F Chuck Kobasew has five goals in his last six games and has been playing on the top line with Jarome Iginla and Steve Reinprecht.

AVALANCHE -- F Pierre Turgeon scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season in Saturday's loss to the Kings. He also earned his 14th assist.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- Speedy F Shean Donovan is still searching for his first goal -- and point -- since Game 2 of the season.

AVALANCHE -- G David Aebischer has lost his last two outings and is giving up playing time to Peter Budaj.

Trade rumours involving goaltending help for the Avs have been persistent.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 15.9% (23-144, 22nd); Colorado 19.5% (27-138, 7th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 79.7% (27-133, 25th); Colorado 85.3% (18-123, 4th).

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- F Matthew Lombardi (high ankle sprain) has shed his crutches but is out indefinitely.

AVALANCHE -- No major injuries.

NOTABLES:

The Flames and Philadelphia Flyers are the only NHL clubs that haven't given up a shorthanded goal against this season ... Avs rookie F Marek Svatos has a league-high five game-winning goals so far this season. Flames F Chuck Kobasew's three game-winners puts him in an eight-way tie for fifth ... F Jarome Iginla has taken 80 shots in 22 games -- the ninth highest total so far this season.


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