After giving up their most goals in nearly three years, the
Colorado Avalanche will have to try to bounce back against a
Calgary Flames squad suddenly playing with some confidence.
Colorado looks to shake off its worst loss of the season Friday
night when it visits the Flames.
The Avalanche (19-7-0) couldn’t fix their penalty-kill issues in
an 8-2 loss Thursday in Edmonton. They surrendered three power-play
goals on seven chances and have now allowed nine on 27
opportunities over the last nine games.
Colorado, which had won five of six entering Thursday, killed
off 88.7 percent of opponents’ power plays while starting the
But while the Avalanche surrendered their most goals since a 9-1
loss to the Flames on Feb. 14, 2011, coach Patrick Roy said he
wasn’t disappointed in his team, which claimed a 34-28 advantage in
“I think they played well. They score power-play goals, they
score on the rush … we knew as a team that would be very
dangerous if we just exchange chances with them,” Roy said. “We
just played into their game tonight. That’s all. And we need to
learn from it.”
Roy will be without key defenseman Jan Hejda, who he said is
scheduled to be examined in Denver on Friday after suffering a knee
injury. He lost the edge of his skate and collided feet-first with
the boards in the first period Thursday. He’s among the league
leaders with a plus-17 rating.
The Flames (10-13-4) come off wins over Los Angeles and Phoenix,
two teams well ahead of them in the Western Conference. They won
three games in a row just once last season.
Wednesday’s 4-1 home victory over Phoenix came despite only 18
shots but captain Mark Giordano tallied a goal and an assist after
missing 18 games with a broken ankle.
“For me, personally, to get back in, it was a great feeling,”
said Giordano, who has just one point in his last seven meetings
with Colorado with a minus-2 rating. “I felt pretty good. Your
adrenaline gets going pretty quick and I really didn’t feel my
ankle at all tonight, so that’s a great sign.”
Giordano had nine points in his eight games before suffering the
injury on Oct. 21 against Los Angeles. He totaled only 15 points in
47 contests last season.
“Obviously, it’s a big deal to get your captain back. He’s our
leader on and off the ice,” goalie Karri Ramo said. “He’s been
around us the whole time he’s been hurt and trying to help the team
any way he can, so it was really good to see him out there.”
The Avalanche defeated the Flames 4-2 at home on Nov. 9 with
Ryan O’Reilly recording a goal and an assist. He has five points in
his last three matchups with Calgary.
Michael Cammalleri had both goals for the Flames in last month’s
meeting and has six scores in his last four against Colorado.
Jiri Hudler, Calgary’s points leader with 25, has 12 in his last
Avalanche forward Paul Stastny is without a point in four
straight games but has five goals and two assists over his last
five contests versus Calgary.
The Flames have dropped five of the last seven meetings after
winning nine straight.