Seeking their fourth straight victory, the Avalanche open a home-and-home set against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at Pengrowth Saddledome.
the Flames are coming off a 6-1 loss to league-leading San Jose on Thursday, and have dropped five of seven after a season-high six-game winning streak.
"We're very disappointed, but we have a huge opportunity with back-to-back Colorado and back-to-back Vancouver (Nov. 27-29)," Craig Conroy told the Flames' official Web site. "Those are huge games and opportunities for us."
Miikka Kiprusoff, meanwhile, is 2-4-0 with a 4.91 GAA in his last six starts for Calgary. He's beaten the Avs twice this season to improve to 5-1-1 with a 1.88 GAA in his last seven starts.
They better win after that pathetic game last Thursday. 6 goals against is unacceptable. The Defense needs to do a much better job of tightening up; watch out for Statsny. I will go ballistic if they lose 6-1 or 6-0 again. Kipper needs to be sharp and make some game-breaking saves. Forwards need to actually do their job and oh- i dunno, SCORE!! Budaj isn't that great so our forwards need to make his life miserable.
From what I know, Joe Sakic is not playing so that's good news (kind of). His injury is day-to-day. I was reading the Herald today and apparently Lombardi's injury is still nagging him (wore a "no-hit" jersey in practice). No clue when he'll be back though last week they said he'd be in this week.
I don't want just the two points, I want to see the Flames have a strong, solid 60 minute effort. RADIO STREAM
Hoping for a dramatic change from the last game. The last game was so bad people came over to watch but we ended up playing board games and haivng the ipod on for sound instead of the game. Hope for a great game by the whole team.
Blaming Conroy for the goal? Why? Phaneuf left the front of the net wide open. Conroy and Gio were in position.
Anyways pretty good period for the flames I thought. Puck has been there they just haven't got the bounces in tight. Budaj definetly looks shaky in the net. Need to just continue shooting and putting the puck on net. Defence has been better. Kipper looks good.
A good first period. Solid forecheck, smart passing and sound defensive play. The energy was a little less that what could have been desired until Svatos scored for the Avalanche, and then the Flames really kicked it into gear.
The Powerplay, tho unproductive, was what a power play should be. Great pressure, some fantastic chances, and if not for Budaj (lucky bugger) the score wouldn't flatter the Avs. As a matter of fact the Flames outshot Colorado by a margin of almost 2-1 that period. Good to see.
Also very heartening was the Forwards obvious commitment to defensive minded play. I counted at least 12 times where a forward picked up the puck in the defensive zone after the Dman made a solid play. Seems Keenan's practice with defense worked.