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Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche Preview and Predictions 04-17-2019 in NHL


Earning the No. 1 seed has not translated into an advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, as Tampa Bay found out in the East and Calgary is hoping to avoid in the West. The Flames, who rolled up a Western Conference-best 107 points, have dropped two in a row to fall into a 2-1 series hole entering Game 4 against the host Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Nathan MacKinnon delivered the decisive tally in overtime in Game 2 and ignited Colorado by scoring twice on the power play in the first period of Monday's 6-2 romp. "We're just trying to get to four wins," MacKinnon said. "We feel good, but at the same time, we got to move on. It's two wins now, but we need to regroup and get ready for a huge game Wednesday." Calgary was overwhelmed from the outset in Game 3, allowing 21 of Colorado's 56 shots on goal in the opening period and putting the Avalanche on the power play eight times, but the players know how quickly the momentum can change. "It's a 2-1 series. We win tomorrow, we go back best-of-three with two home games," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "If you look at it that way, it's a positive. But we have to put in the work and get the win."

TV: 10 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, TVAS (Calgary), Altitude (Colorado) LINE: Flames -1.5

ABOUT THE FLAMES: While both teams rely a high-powered top line, but Calgary's No. 1 unit of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm need to start producing after being held to a collective four points through three games. "Everyone has got to be better, not just one guy," said Gaudreau, who has managed only one assist after matching MacKinnon by racking up a career-high 99 points during the regular season. Third-line forward Sam Bennett has a team-high four points while defenseman Rasmus Andersson is second on the team with three points.



ABOUT THE AVALANCHE: Cale Makar made a loud introduction just one day after signing a three-year contact with Colorado, becoming the first defenseman in league history to make his NHL debut in the playoffs and score a goal. "It's pretty weird. Pretty special, though," said Makar, a No. 4 overall pick in 2017 who led Massachusetts to the Frozen Four and was named the Hobey Baker Award winner this season. "Obviously, it's a cool moment." Forward Matt Nieto, who entered the series without a goal since Dec. 6, has notched short-handed tallies in each of the past two games.

OVERTIME

1. Avalanche F Mikko Rantanen, who missed the final eight games of the regular season, has consecutive two-point contests.

2. Flames Fs Michael Frolik and James Neal have yet to dent the scoresheet.

3. Avalanche D Samuel Girard (upper body) could rejoin the lineup after sitting out Game 3.

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Pepsi Center
Denver, Colorado, USA.
Capacity: 18,007

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Last Injuries

Colorado Avalanche

  • Samuel Girard

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Girard has a shoulder injury and his status moving forward is unclear.

  • Semyon Varlamov

    Rest
    Doub Wed | doubtful

    Varlamov is not expected to participate in Game 4 of the Western Conference first round as he is to be rested.

  • Semyon Varlamov

    Rest
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Varlamov is not expected to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round against the Flames as he is to be rested.

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Calgary Flames

  • David Rittich

    Rest
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Rittich is unlikely to participate in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round against the Avalanche as he is to be rested.

  • Sam Bennett

    Upper Body
    Prob Wed | probable

    Bennett has been held out of the last two games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. His availability against the Avalanche for Game 1 of the Western Conference first round is likely.

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colorado-avalanche Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Nathan MacKinnon 82 41 6 1 11 15 14 12 0 37 0 2024 365
Gabriel Landeskog 73 34 9 0 5 9 20 10 0 27 0 1711 243
Mikko Rantanen 74 31 4 1 9 10 11 16 0 33 0 1704 193
Carl Soderberg 82 23 2 0 8 7 8 2 3 10 3 1858 188
J.T. Compher 66 16 3 0 5 5 6 4 3 9 3 1441 118
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Semyon Varlamov 49 49 0 0 0 19 20 8 2
Philipp Grubauer 37 33 0 0 0 9 18 4 0
A.J. Greer 15 0 3 2 20 0 0 0 14
Alexander Kerfoot 78 0 215 274 22 0 0 0 38
Andrew Agozzino 11 0 22 16 14 0 0 0 0
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Nathan MacKinnon 82 0 58 25 0
Mikko Rantanen 74 0 56 17 0
Tyson Barrie 78 0 45 23 0
Gabriel Landeskog 73 0 41 17 0
Alexander Kerfoot 78 0 27 12 0
Defense
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
Semyon Varlamov 49 49 136 2.874 38 47 43 8 1496 26 475 539 456 0
Philipp Grubauer 37 33 89 2.643 27 30 28 4 1071 20 332 343 376 0
Pavel Francouz 2 0 2 1.961 0 1 1 0 35 0 0 12 23 0
A.J. Greer 15 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Alexander Kerfoot 78 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Philipp Grubauer 37 33 3 0 0 1
Semyon Varlamov 49 49 2 0 0 1
A.J. Greer 15 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Kerfoot 78 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew Agozzino 11 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Semyon Varlamov 49 49 138315 15503 170352 16534
Philipp Grubauer 37 33 97806 12458 121244 10980
Nathan MacKinnon 82 0 88040 20126 108690 524
Erik Johnson 80 0 88123 1721 104710 14866
Tyson Barrie 78 0 82665 18944 101912 303

calgary-flames Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Johnny Gaudreau 82 36 8 3 10 9 14 6 0 27 0 1923 245
Matthew Tkachuk 80 34 2 0 7 11 16 11 0 24 0 1696 207
Sean Monahan 78 34 5 0 8 11 15 12 0 23 0 1805 211
Elias Lindholm 81 27 5 0 7 9 11 9 1 26 4 2062 182
Mikael Backlund 77 21 4 1 9 3 8 1 1 2 2 1786 205
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
David Rittich 45 42 0 0 0 9 27 3 4
Alan Quine 13 0 20 13 14 0 0 0 6
Andrew Mangiapane 44 0 3 6 43 0 0 0 12
Anthony Peluso 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 7
Austin Czarnik 54 0 34 30 10 0 0 0 8
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Johnny Gaudreau 82 0 63 21 0
Mark Giordano 78 0 57 18 2
Elias Lindholm 81 0 51 17 3
Sean Monahan 78 0 48 11 0
Matthew Tkachuk 80 0 43 13 0
Defense
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
Mike Smith 42 40 109 2.725 37 40 32 0 1069 6 344 399 320 0
David Rittich 45 42 109 2.613 44 35 27 3 1228 11 423 423 371 0
Alan Quine 13 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Andrew Mangiapane 44 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17
Austin Czarnik 54 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Mike Smith 42 40 2 0 0 2
David Rittich 45 42 1 0 0 2
Alan Quine 13 0 0 0 0 0
Andrew Mangiapane 44 0 0 1 0 0
Anthony Peluso 4 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
David Rittich 45 42 123425 13479 150200 13296
Mike Smith 42 40 119580 13170 144019 11269
Mark Giordano 78 0 85466 15494 113439 12479
TJ Brodie 79 0 87944 4628 101773 9201
Noah Hanifin 80 0 86215 5285 99712 8212