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Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche Preview 1/2/2016 (38/82)

The Flames head to Colorado to try and stop a 2 game slide, while former Flame Jarome Iginla looks for #600.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche, 10:00 PM ET, Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado

Broadcast Schedule
TV: CBC, TVA, Alt2
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Calgary Flames make the trip down to Denver Colorado to face old friends Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Reto Berra and the Colorado Avalanche. Three points seperate both teams in the standings and on paper this looks like an evenly matched game. Calgary comes in 1 game under .500 and on a  2 game losing streak to division opponents. Any time the Flames get to play against Jarome Iginla it's something special for the fans, but tonight's tilt has some extra meaning. Iggy is stuck on 599 career goals and has the chance to net  #600 against his old club. Iginla would probably love nothing more than to bury his 600th goal (19th place All Time) against the Flames, but Calgary has other plans. We're quickly approaching the midpoint of the season and these games are crucial if Calgary wants to remain in the playoff hunt. Calgary dropped a 6-3 decision to the Avs back on November 3rd and would like to even the series with a win tonight. Evenly matched, history and Conference positioning on the line, this game has some big time ramifications. Here's how they match-up:

Calgary Flames Colorado Avalanche
17-18-2 Record 18-17-3
36 Points 39
6th Pacific Division 6th Central
9th (tie) West Conference 6th (tie) West
6-4 Last 10 Games 5-5
96 Goals For 109
120 Goals Against 106
Gaudreau (17) Goals Duchene (17)
Gaudreau (39) Points MacKinnon (33)
Ramo (.907) SV % Berra (.922)
30th (12.2%) PP 9th  (20.6%)
30th (73.9%) PK 18th (79.7%)

Calgary rang in the New Year with a 4-1 loss to Division foe LA Kings. Calgary was never really in the game as the Kings held the Flames in check from the drop of the puck. This was Calgary's 2nd loss in a row to a Division opponent with Anaheim being the other. Here's the highlights from New Year's Eve:

The Avalanche last played on New Year's Eve and dropped a 4-3 OT decision to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Avs have dropped 3 out of their last 4 and are looking to break away from the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. Here's the highlights from Thursday night:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Jiri Hudler
Micheal Ferland Mikael Backlund Joe Colborne
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund David Jones
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Brandon Bollig
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Goalies
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Mason RaymondLadislav SmidJosh Jooris

Injuries: Michael Frolik

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lineup  (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Gabriel Landeskog Carl Soderberg Blake Comeau
Andreas Martinsen John Mitchell Matt Duchene
Alex Tanguay Nathan Mackinnon Jarome Iginla
Corey McLeod Mikhail Grigorenko Jack Skille
Left Defense Right Defense
Jack Skille Erik Johnson
Nick Holden Tyson Barrie
Brandon Gormley Zach Redmond
Goalies
Reto Berra Semyon Varlamov (s)

Scratches: None

Injuries: Jesse Winchester, Brad Stuart