Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

COLORADO AVALANCHE @ CALGARY FLAMES

GAME TIME: 7:30 P.M. TV: SPORTSNET RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

Calgary snapped a two-game losing skid by downing Los Angeles 2-1 Wednesday night. The Flames have won three straight and five of their last six at home.

A 4-3 win over Anaheim Tuesday continued a five-game spree in which Colorado has earned at least a point. In their last five outings, the Avs have three wins and two extra-time losses. Colorado has a 6-2-2 mark in its last 10, the best in the Northwest Division.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The Flames and Avs have played each other six times this season, with each team claiming three victories -- one of the Flames' came in a shootout. Calgary has won the both meetings at the 'Dome. They meet once more this season, April 13, in Calgary.

WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- RW Jarome Iginla has four goals and five assists in the last nine games.

AVALANCHE -- C Joe Sakic is riding an eight-game point streak (6-9-15), while LW Andrew Brunette has eight points (4-4-8) in five games and RW Milan Hejduk has totaled eight points (4-4-8) in his past seven games.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- LW Tony Amonte's goal-scoring drought, dating back to Jan. 14, is now at 27 games.

AVALANCHE -- In his last 20 games, D Patrice Brisebois, has one goal and five helpers.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.4% (78-424, 10th); Colorado 19.2% (82-426, 7th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 83.8% (9th); Colorado 83.9% (7th).

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- D Rhett Warrener (knee), F Marcus Nilson (knee), LW Mike Leclerc (wrist) and C Jamie Lundmark (eye) are out. RW Darren McCarty (groin) is day-to-day.

AVALANCHE -- D Ossi Vaananen (ankle), Alex Tanguay (knee), RW Marek Svatos (shoulder), LW Steve Konowalchuk (wrist) and G Jose Theodore (heel) are all out.

NOTABLES:

Jarome Iginla, who'll next play his 698th NHL game, needs two points to tie Kent Nilsson for fifth place on the Flames all-time list at 562 ... D Karlis Skrastins' consecutive game streak is at 424, the second longest for defencemen in NHL history. Tim Horton played 486 straight games from 1961 to 1968 ... Colorado, the second-highest scoring team in the Western Conference, has tallied in the first period in 56 of 73 games ... Calgary's home-ice penalty killing is No. 2 in the NHL at 88.5% ... With C Jamie Lundmark on the shelf, the Flames are left with 11 healthy forwards. Which means either RW Darren McCarty or LW Mike Leclerc will play, they'll dress seven defencemen or will summon a player from the minors today.


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