Three storylines to watch

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

1. WIN'S NO. 1 GOING TO HAPPEN?: Who's finally going to win? Yeah, it's early, but we're talking about a couple of very desperate teams this young season as they try to find their first win. Colorado probably deserved a better fate in both contests, while the Flames were bombed in the season opener and then blew a lead a couple of nights later.

2. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: Defence? Offence? What will it be? A couple of seasons ago, the Flames and Avs were playing all kinds of high-scoring games. Last year, they combined for five goals per game. Seeing as the Flames need to shore up their defensive play immediately, it's a good guess they want to keep it a tight-checking affair.

3. CALL for the CAPTAIN: The Iggy watch. Yes it's early, but Calgary captain Jarome Iginla hasn't had any impact on games yet, other than a fantastic punch that ended his fight with Vancouver's Willie Mitchell Saturday. Iginla, who had 50 goals and 98 points last season, has no goals, no assists and is a minus-3 so far. You know he'll eventually break out in a big way.

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PLAYERS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON ...

FLAMES

Miikka Kiprusoff. The goalie has been maligned for slow starts in his career and not done anything to disprove the theory yet.

Granted, his team has not been very good in front of him, but Kiprusoff can't have a goals-against-average hovering at 5.32.

The first season after the lockout, Calgary was the best defensive team in the NHL.

Right now, the Flames sit 30th.

AVALANCHE

The future first-ballot Hall of Fame captain is in his 20th NHL season. Over his career, Joe Sakic has collected 102 points against the Flames, the most against any NHL squad. He's only the ninth player in NHL history to play 20 or more seasons with the same team. The others are: Alex Delvecchio, Stan Makita, Steve Yzerman, George Armstrong, Jean Beliveau, Dit Clapper, Ken Daneyko and Henri Richard.

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IT'S WORTH NOTING ...

Flames head coach Mike Keenan said he expects Craig Conroy and Andre Roy to be available for today's game. Without them, the club had exactly 12 forwards yesterday and the line combinations were: Todd Bertuzzi-Daymond Langkow-Jarome Iginla; Rene Bourque-Matthew Lombardi-Michael Cammalleri; Curtis Glencross-Dustin Boyd-David Moss; Eric Nystrom-Wayne Primeau-Brandon Prust ... In their two games, Colorado has outshot its opponents by a 72-39 margin. You can't help but wonder how many more times that can happen before No.-1 goalie Peter Budaj gives way to former Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft ... Adam Foote played the 1,000th regular-season game of his career in Edmonton, which got him thinking back to his first NHL contest, Oct. 19, 1991 in Quebec City against the Detroit Red Wings. "I remember chasing (Steve) Yzerman around that night. But it was still fun," Foote told the Denver Post. He's the 40th player in league history to reach that milestone ... For those stats-junkies who look at faceoffs, the Avs also destroyed Edmonton on the dot Sunday. Joe Sakic won 15 of 19 draws and Paul Stastny was 14 of 22. Budaj has a .795 save percentage to go with his 4.03 goals-against average to start the year. As a backup last season, he posted a 2-9-5 record ... Miikka Kiprusoff's numbers are no prettier: A 5.32 goals-against average and .807 save percentage ... In 14 career games against Colorado, Calgary's forward Michael Cammalleri has four goals and 10 assists, the best points-per-game mark among the Flames ... Former Flame Jordan Leopold will skate against his old club for only the fifth time since being traded more than two years ago along with a pair of second-round draft choices for Alex Tanguay. For those keeping track, the Avs used those picks to take Codey Burki -- who is currently in the minors -- and Peterborough (OHL) goalie Trevor Cann.


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