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Walking with a ghost: Flames @ Colorado Avalanche preview (13/82)

No matter which way you're out of my mind...

Bollig really wants that pretzel
Bollig really wants that pretzel
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche - 7:00pm MT

Broadcast Schedule
TV Sportsnet Flames Altitude
Radio Sportsnet960 The Fan
Get the lowdown on the opposition at Mile High Hockey

While I wouldn't say that we miss Jarome Iginla, his ghost certainly still hangs over Calgary, and will probably continue to until he retires.

It is always going to be a case of what might have been with Iggy, especially after 2004. Thanks for the memories, Jarome.

I say all this because tonight, your Calgary Flames head to Denver, and a game against Iginla's Colorado Avalanche. Luckily, the Avs are about as hopeless as the Flames, so this should be a cracker to watch...

Season leaders
Calgary Flames Colorado Avalanche
7 Points 7
27th Overall Position 26th
13th (W) Conference 12th (W)
6th (P) Division 7th (C)
3-8-1 Season Record 3-7-1
1W Current Streak 2L
125-110-19 Overall Vs 110-125-19
0-0-0 Season Vs 0-0-0
-22 Season Goal Difference -6
2.25 Goals For Average 2.45
4.16 Goals Against Average 2.75
Time On Ice/Game
Dennis Wideman (25:12) Defence Francois Beauchemin (23:25)
Sean Monahan (20:21) Offence Nathan MacKinnon (19:34)
Jiri Hudler (4) Goals Gabriel Landeskog (5)
Johnny Gaudreau (11) Assists Francois Beauchemin (6)
Nathan MacKinnon (6)
Johnny Gaudreau (12)
Points Nathan MacKinnon (10)
Brandon Bollig (35)
PIM Cody McLeod (36)
Michael Frolik (33) Shots On Goal Nathan MacKinnon (35)
T.J. Brodie (20) Shot % John Mitchell (25)
Special Teams
14.71 Powerplay% 19.57
5 Powerplay Goals For 9
Five Skaters (1) PPG Leader Jarome Iginla (3)
76.92 Penalty Kill % 79.49
9 PK Goals Conceded 9
0 Shorthanded Goals For 0
Faceoff Leaders
Matt Stajan (54) FO% Matt Duchene (53.5)
Jiri Hudler (66.86) ZSO% Jarome Iginla (59.44)
5v5 Corsi (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (53.58) Defence Nick Holden (43.94)
Mikael Backlund (52.16) Forward Blake Comeau (44.44)
5v5 Fenwick (min. 10mins per game played)
Deryk Engelland (54.91) Defence Tyson Barrie (44.78)
Mikael Backlund (55.71) Forward John Mitchell (46.21)
Save percentage
Jonas Hiller (86.14)
Joni Ortio (86.84)
Karri Ramo (86.84)
All Situations % Semyon Varlamov (89.08)
Reto Berra (94.44)
Jonas Hiller (86.47)
Joni Ortio (88.71)
Karri Ramo (85.87)
Even Strength
5 on 5 %
Semyon Varlamov (90.16)
Reto Berra (97.7)
Data courtesy of and

Colorado are an awful possession team. Just awful. There's a genuine chance of two points here.


Calgary Flames 5-4 Edmonton Oilers

Game recap

A regulation win! A win at all! A hat trick! A decent goalie performance! Wherever the Flames had been hiding, that never say die attitude FINALLY returned. Thing's still aren't fantastic, but eh. A win's a win.

Projected lines

  • Karri Ramo starts. Everything else is how you were on Saturday night.
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sam Bennett David Jones
Joe Colborne Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Josh Jooris Matt Stajan Michael Frolik
Mason Raymond Mikael Backlund Brandon Bollig
Left Defence Right Defence
Mark Giordano Dennis Wideman
Kris Russell T.J. Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Karri Ramo (s) Joni Ortio
  • Jesse Winchester is on the IR. John Mitchell has an oblique injury and is replaced by the recalled Ben Street.
Colorado Avalanche (c/o
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Tanguay Nathan MacKinnon Jarome Iginla
Gabriel Landeskog Matt Duchene Carl Soderberg
Blake Comeau Ben Street Dennis Everberg
Cody McLeod Mikhail Grigorenko Jack Skille
Left Defence Right Defence
Francois Beauchemin Erik Johnson
Nick Holden Tyson Barrie
Brad Stuart Brendan Gormley
Semyon Varlamov (s) Reto Berra


David Jones plays his 400th career NHL game, against a former club no less. It's a big achievement, so well done Davey boy. Michael Frolik's hat trick puts him two goals away from 100. The Avs' Blake Comeau is two points away from 200, while two penalty minutes for him would bring up 300.

Other games today

Road Home Time (MT)
Stars Bruins 5:00pm
Devils Islanders 5:00pm
Capitals Rangers 5:00pm
Senators Canadiens 5:30pm
Lightning Red Wings 5:30pm
Kings Blues 6:30pm
Flyers Oilers 7:00pm
Blue Jackets Sharks 8:30pm

Join us in the gamethread, where we'll be turning our Iggy dolls into voodoo.