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Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche Preview and Predictions 12-09-2019


The Colorado Avalanche extended their sizable winning streak after ending the pronounced run of one of the hottest teams in the NHL. The Avalanche aim to push their season-high winning streak to seven games on Monday when they open a three-game homestand against the Calgary Flames.

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Colorado's Andre Burakovsky is well on his way to a career season after netting his 12th goal in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Boston, which entered the contest with a 13-game overall point streak (9-0-4) and 17-game home point stretch (12-0-5). The 24-year-old Austrian, who has matched his goal totals from each of the previous three seasons, notched an assist in the Avalanche's 5-3 win over Calgary on Oct. 3 and tallied twice in a 3-2 victory over the Flames on Nov. 19. Calgary rebounded from those losses and a very public coaching change to win four straight under interim bench boss Geoff Ward. Sean Monahan boosted his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists) after scoring in his second consecutive contest in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Los Angeles.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Sportsnet West (Calgary), Altitude (Colorado)

ABOUT THE FLAMES (15-12-4): Milan Lucic increased his career goal total to 200 during the first period on Saturday, giving him tallies in consecutive contests after going the first 27 games of the season without one. "I think it's pretty cool, too, I scored my first goal and my 200th goal against the same team. Nice to finally hit that milestone," said the 31-year-old, who also tallied in consecutive contests for the first time since a three-game streak with Edmonton from April 1-6, 2017. Linemate Dillon Dube, 21, has gotten up to speed in a hurry by notching five points in as many contests, highlighted by scoring a goal and setting up another versus the Kings.

ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (19-8-2): Valeri Nichushkin set up a goal in last month's meeting with the Flames, igniting a stretch of six points (four goals, two assists) in his last nine games. Captain Gabriel Landeskog missed that second encounter with Calgary as part of a 16-game injury absence, but he returned with goals in back-to-back contests. Pavel Francouz turned aside all 16 shots he faced in relief of an injured Philipp Grubauer on Saturday to improve to 5-0-0 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in his last seven games.

OVERTIME

1. Calgary LW Johnny Gaudreau, who scored and set up a goal in the first encounter with Colorado this season, has five points (one goal, four assists) in his last six games overall.

2. Avalanche D Nikita Zadorov has registered 23 hits, four blocked shots, a plus-6 rating and zero penalty minutes in his last four contests.

3. Monahan has collected a goal and two assists in two games versus Colorado this season.

Prediction

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Last Injuries

Colorado Avalanche

  • Colin Wilson

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | I-R

    Wilson has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, but he is likely to come back when the league returns.

  • Matt Calvert

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | I-R

    Calvert has been sent to the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, but he will likely return to the ice as soon as the league deems it safe to play.

  • Mikko Rantanen

    Collarbone
    day-to-day | I-R

    Rantanen has been designated for the injured reserve list with a broken collarbone. It is anticipated that he will return to the fold in time for when the league reconvenes.

  • Nazem Kadri

    Ankle
    day-to-day | I-R

    Kadri is on the injured reserve list due to an ankle injury. He is likely to return to the lineup when the league starts back up.

Calgary Flames

  • Noah Hanifin

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Hanifin is going through the league-mandated concussion protocol, and it is undetermined if he will return to action to face the Jets in Game 1 of the Western Conference qualifying round.

colorado-avalanche Stats 2019-2020

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calgary-flames Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
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Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
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Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS