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Preview: Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche 3/27/17 (76/82)

A Flames win tonight and they are THAT much closer to clinching a playoff spot.

Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche, 7 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSNW, Alti
Radio: Sportsnet 960

The Calgary Flames are THIS close to securing a playoff spot and a win tonight over the lowly Avalanche will put them on the cusp of the playoffs. The Flames are back at home after a 3 game road trip that saw them go 1-2-0 and their remaining schedule isn’t doing them any favors. After tonight’s tilt with the Avs the Flames will face LA, Anaheim and San Jose twice apiece. So if the Flames can get the job done in the next 2 games, it would make life much easier for Calgary.

The Avalanche are buried in the basement of the West and couldn’t find the playoffs with a compass and a map. Colorado has dropped 19 of their last 23. Yes, you read that correctly. The Avalanche have an NHL worst 43 points, which is 20 points worse than the next closest team, the Arizona Coyotes. The Avs have also given up the most goals this season at 248 and scored the least amount of goals with 145. They also have the league’s worst PP. Not exactly the best time to be an Avalanche fan.

The Flames are 2-0 against Colorado this season, outscoring them 10-4 in the process. On paper this looks like a slam dunk as Colorado is in the midst of a 5 game losing streak and piling up loses towards the NHL Entry Draft. But as they say, that’s why you play the games. If Calgary defeats the Avs, they can clinch a playoff spot with a win over LA Wednesday night.

Here’s how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames Colorado Avalanche
42-29-4 Record 20-51-3
88 Points 43
4th Pacific Division 7th Central
6th West Conference 14th West
3-2-0 Last 5 0-5-0
203 Goals For 145
200 Goals Against 248
Monahan (25) Goals Duchene (17)
Gaudreau (56) Points MacKinnon (47)
Tkachuk (96) PIM Zadorov (73)
Elliott (.911) Save % Pickard (.907)
19.3 (14th) PP % 12.4 (30th)
81.0 (14th) PK % 77.9 (26th)
Starting Goalies (E=Expected, C=Confirmed)
Player Record GAA Save %
Flames: Elliott (E) 24-14-3 2.49 .911
Avalanche: Pickard (E) 13-26-2 2.91 .907

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 St. Louis Blues 3 (OT)

The Flames snapped a 2 game losing streak with a 3-2 OT win over the St. Louis Blues Saturday night. The win gave Calgary it’s only W on their 3 game road trip. Sean Monahan netted the OT winner as time was winding down in the extra frame. Here’s our recap, highlights from the contest and Sean Monahan’s thoughts on his game winner.

Colorado Avalanche 1 Edmonton Oilers 4

The Avs lost. In other news, water is wet. The nightmare season for Colorado continued on Saturday night with a 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The loss was Colorado’s 5th straight and 4th in a row to a Western Conference opponent. Here’s the highlights.

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images

Johnny Gaudreau (F). Gaudreau has been piling up the points lately as the Flames make their final push to the playoffs. In his last 5 games, Gaudreau has 7 points (1G 6A) and against the Avs this season he has 3 goals and 1 assist.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Nathan MacKinnon (C). MacKinnon hasn’t been tearing it up lately. He has 5 points in his last 11, even though he leads the Avalanche in points with 47. In 2 games against the Flames this season he has 2 assists, both coming in a December 27th loss to Calgary.