Game Day

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

COLORADO AVALANCHE AT CALGARY FLAMES

GAME TIME: 7 P.M. TV: PAY PER VIEW RADIO: THE FAN 960

COMING IN:

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.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

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.

WHO'S HOT

* 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.

WHO'S NOT:

* 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.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 18.7% (86-461, 9th); Colorado 19.4% (89-458, 7th).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 84% (T-7th); Colorado 84% (T-7th).

INJURIES:

* 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.

NOTABLES:

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.


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