Flames begin playoff series against the Avalanche
Calgary, Alberta; Thursday, 10 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Calgary hosts series opener
BOTTOM LINE: The Calgary Flames host the Colorado Avalanche to start the Western Conference first round.
The Flames are 29-18-3 in conference play. Calgary has scored 289 goals and is second in the Western Conference averaging 3.5 goals per game. Johnny Gaudreau leads the team with 36.
The Avalanche are 17-16-8 in road games. Colorado averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the league. Ian Cole leads the team serving 115 total minutes. The teams meet Thursday for the fourth time this season. Calgary went 3-0 against Colorado during the regular season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Gaudreau has recorded 99 total points while scoring 36 goals and adding 63 assists for the Flames. Austin Czarnik has collected six assists over the last 10 games for Calgary.
LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 7-1-2, averaging three goals, 4.8 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game with a .941 save percentage.
Flames: 6-4-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.7 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.2 penalty minutes while giving up two goals per game with a .917 save percentage.
Avalanche Injuries: Mikko Rantanen: day to day (upper body).