The Calgary Flames are back home now, so they can probably
expect to win this matchup of the Western Conference’s worst
The home team has won each of the Flames’ last 16 games, with
Calgary taking seven in a row at the Scotiabank Saddledome ahead of
Wednesday night’s visit from an Avalanche team that’s on the verge
of the franchise’s longest road skid since moving to Colorado.
This run of winning at home and losing on the road for Calgary
(12-15-4) continued in a dismal 2-0 loss at Chicago on Tuesday. The
Flames managed a season-low 16 shots in their franchise-record 10th
straight road loss.
“We didn’t create nearly enough, although we had some spurts in
the first,” captain Jarome Iginla said. “In the last 10 minutes in
the first we had something going, but in the second they took
“We haven’t created enough on the road. And we got outcompeted
tonight – all of us – except Kip (Miikka Kiprusoff), who was great
again in net for us.”
Now the Flames will try to regroup at home, where they are on
their longest run since an eight-game win streak Dec. 6, 2011-Jan.
“Our job is now we play back-to-back and it’s just to be ready
and be better than we were tonight,” Iginla told the Flames’
Colorado (11-16-4) can relate to those woes, having gone 0-6-3
in its last nine on the road. A loss Wednesday would give the
Avalanche their longest road losing streak since an 18-game slide
in the 1989-90 season, when the franchise was in Quebec.
The Avalanche are 2-10-3 away from home overall, although one of
the victories was a 6-3 win at Calgary on Jan. 31.
These teams’ other meeting also featured nine goals as Colorado
rallied from three down to win 5-4 at home Feb. 28 to run its win
streak in the series to four. The Avalanche have overcome deficits
in both 2013 victories over the Flames.
That’s been too typical for Colorado, which has allowed the
first goal in every game of this 1-6-0 stretch.
“I always say that catch-up hockey, it’s tough, comeback hockey
is not conducive for consistent winning,” coach Joe Sacco said.
“Hopefully we can get off to a better start here and score that
The Avalanche haven’t played since Sunday’s 3-2 home loss to
Vancouver. They play seven of their next 10 on the road.
“We just have to string some wins together here and get the guys
feeling good about themselves again and gain some confidence back
in their game,” Sacco said.
P.A. Parenteau has five points in the season series to lead
Colorado, and Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny each have four. The
Flames’ Jiri Hudler leads all skaters with six points.
Calgary will get its first look this season at Ryan O’Reilly,
who has five points in his last three games. The Flames signed the
restricted free agent to an offer sheet the morning these teams met
last month before the Avalanche matched it.
Flames winger Curtis Glencross has gone back-to-back games
without a point after amassing eight in five contests. He has no
points and is a minus-4 this season against the Avalanche.