COLORADO AVALANCHE AT CALGARY FLAMES
GAME TIME: 7 P.M. TV: PAY PER VIEW RADIO: THE FAN 960
A 3-0 victory over Anaheim Tuesday extended the Flames run of success to 6-0-2 and put the team within a single point of claiming the Northwest Division title. Calgary hasn't lost in regulation since March 26 in Dallas.
Colorado arrives having beat Phoenix 6-4 at home in Jose Theodore's first start with the Avs. Colorado nearly blew a six-goal lead. The Avalanche has done the win-one, lose-one thing over its last 11 games, posting an official record of 6-3-2.
The Flames are looking for their fifth victory in the season series, having gone 4-3-0 so far. Calgary has won the three previous meetings this season at the 'Dome and six of the last night encounters against the Avs, a far cry from the years of domination at the Avalanche hands.
* FLAMES -- Daymond Langkow netted two goals and an assist last outing. The first-line centre has 21 points (6-15-21) in the last 21 games.
* AVALANCHE -- Alex Tanguay returned to play Phoenix after missing 10 games due to a knee injury and scored 68 seconds into it. He also collected an assist.
* FLAMES -- Andrew Ference has set career offensive numbers but only has three points in the last 20 games.
* AVALANCHE -- Defenceman Karlis Skrastins, he of the NHL-best 430 consecutive games streak, hasn't scored a goal in 42 games.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.7% (86-461, 9th); Colorado 19.4% (89-458, 7th).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84% (T-7th); Colorado 84% (T-7th).
* FLAMES -- LW Marcus Nilson (knee) is out indefinitely, as is D Cale Hulse (shoulder). D Jordan Leopold (groin) and RW Chuck Kobasew (groin) are day to day.
* AVALANCHE -- RW Brad May (groin) is day to day. D Ossi Vaananen (ankle), LW Steve Konowalchuk (wrist) and RW Marek Svatos (shoulder) are out.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in attendance ... In the 22 games since the Olympic break, the Flames powerplay has clicked at 19.7% (24-122) while the penalty kill has been at 88.5% ... Remember the detractors who said Rob Blake's sub-par season should have kept the Colorado defenceman off Canada's Olympic team? In his last 24 games, Blake has five goals, eight assists and a plus-16 rating ... Joe Sakic had his 13-game point streak snapped against the Coyotes. He had nine goals and 15 assists in the second-longest run of his career. Sakic, who is tied with Mike Bossy for 17th spot on the NHL's all-time list with 573 goals, has converted all five of his career penalty shots but has been blanked on all seven shootout attempts this season.