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Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche Preview 3/18/2016 (71/82)

The Flames end a 6 game home stand by welcoming Jarome Iginla and the Colorado Avalanche to the Saddledome.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNF, Alti
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames will finish up their 6 game homestand (3-2) against the Colorado Avalanche Friday night. The Av's come in to this contest clinging to the last Wildcard spot in the West by one point over the Minnesota Wild. The Flames meanwhile are precariously holding on to a two point lead over Edmonton and Winnipeg that keeps them out of last place in the West. The Flames are on a modest 2 game win streak that has seen them dominate both the Blues and the Jets over the last 3 days. Calgary has gotten decent goal tending from Joni Ortio and is scoring goals at a rabid pace. They've put 11 in the net, while only giving up 5. The Av's have won 3 out of their last 4 and all in convincing fashion, outscoring their opponents 11-5 over that stretch. Colorado needs points to stay ahead in the Wildcard race and the Saddledome hasn't been an easy stop over the years for the Avalanche. The Flames own a 38-29-9 record against the Av's at home and are a half a goal better (3.4-2.9) in those wins. This is the 3rd and final game of the season series and they've each won in their opponents building with the Flames taking the last game 4-0 back on January 2nd. The Flames come into this game pretty banged up with 5 players injured, 3 of them on defence. That leaves Calgary down one man on the blue line and it hasn't been determined who will fill that spot. Here's how the teams match up:

Calgary Flames Colorado Avalanche
30-35-5 Record 36-31-4
65 Points 76
6th Pacific Division 5th Central
11th West (tie) Conference 7th West
4-6 Last 10 Games 5-5
191 Goals For 188
216 Goals Against 199
Gaudreau (26) Goals Duchene (29)
Gaudreau (70) Points Duchene (56)
Ramo (.909) SV % Berra (.922)
28th (15.9%) PP 12th (19.3%)
30th (74.5%) PK 12th (81.6)

The Flames won their second straight game Wednesday night by beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. Michael Frolik,Joe Colborne, Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund all had multi point games for the Flames as they struck early and never looked back. Joni Ortio started his 6th consecutive game and stopped 28 of 29 shots that came his way. Here's the highlights:

The Av's last played in Vancouver on Wednesday night and took down the Canucks 3-1.  Mikkel Boedker scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season and Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 of 29 shots to earn the win. Here's the highlights:

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 Micheal Ferland
Joe Colborne Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma Freddie Hamilton Garnet Hathaway
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano Deryk Engelland
TJ Brodie Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Jyrki Jokipakka
Goalies
Joni Ortio (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches:  None

Injuries: Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid, TJ Brodie, Sam Benentt, Dennis Wideman

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

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mikhail Grigorenko

Matt Duchene

Jarome Iginla
Mikkel Boedker Nathan Mackinnon Blake Comeau
Shawn Matthias Carl Soderberg Andreas Martinsen
Cody McLeod John Mitchell Jack Skille
Left Defense Right Defense
Francois Beauchemin Erik Johnson
Nick Holden Tyson Barrie
Eric Gelinas Zach Redmond
Goalies
Semyon Varlamov (s) Calvin Pickard

Scratches:

Injuries: Jesse Winchester, Brad Stuart, Reto Berra