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Colorado Flames at Colorado Avalanche [Game 65]

Another pivotal game, this one a scheduled loss. Can the Flames overcome the odds?

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7:30 PM MST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
960 AM CFAC SN Pepsi Center ALTI 950 AM KRWZ
League Value Metric Value League
17th 57.0% Points Percentage 57.3% 16th
21st 16.36% Net Power Play Percentage 15.28% 23rd
19th 81.86% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 85.98% 5th
20th 98.22% Combined Special Teams Percentage 101.27% 15th
18th 2.84 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.06 11th
16th 2.92 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.00 20th
15th .08 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .24 6th
5th 52.51% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.95% 23rd
7th 52.79% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 48.45% 21st
15th 99.84% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.91% 9th
21st 7.23% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 8.19% 9th
14th 92.61% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.72% 10th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
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The Calgary Flames road trip continues as they head to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche come into this one just .3% higher in points percentage than the Flames, so this is a pertinent game for both teams. The Flames are chasing more than just the Avalanche, but this is a place to start.

Chris Stewart had an awful game next to Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and has been demoted to the third line. Sam Bennett will return to the top line. No other changes will be made on forward or defense.

This game is a scheduled loss for the Flames as they're the tired, traveling team playing against the rested Avalanche. With that said, Calgary's puck possession is lightyears ahead of Colorado and they seem to be the better team points percentage not withstanding. If they play their game and avoid penalties they'll have a solid chance in this one.

David Rittich will start for the Flames. Rittich has struggled mightily as of late and he needs to rebound here. He's up against Semyon Varlamov for the Avalanche.

Puck drop is at 7:30 P.M. M.S.T.