Preview: Avalanche at Flames
The Calgary Flames had plenty of success on their just-concluded road trip and look to carry it over to their homestand as they begin a five-game stretch at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche. Calgary went 3-1-0 on its trek, which ended with Monday's 4-3 triumph in Chicago.
Johnny Gaudreau scored twice in the victory, giving him seven goals during his five-game streak and 13 over his last 11 contests. The 25-year-old left wing, who leads the Flames in goals (26), assists (38) and points, also has set up six goals during his scoring run. Colorado's road losing streak reached five contests (0-4-1) Tuesday as it began its five-game trip with a 7-4 loss in Winnipeg. Captain Gabriel Landeskog netted a pair of tallies in the setback to increase his total to a team-leading - and career-high - 27 goals as the Avalanche lost for the seventh time in eight contests.
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), Sportsnet West (Calgary)
ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (20-15-8): Nathan MacKinnon is riding a seven-game point streak after notching two assists against the Jets. The 23-year-old center has collected four goals and six assists during the run and has landed on the scoresheet in 14 of his last 15 games. Landeskog accomplished another personal best Tuesday as his first goal of the contest was his ninth on the power play this season, eclipsing the previous high he set in 2014-15 and matched last campaign.
ABOUT THE FLAMES (27-13-4): Elias Lindholm, who set up a pair of tallies against the Blackhawks, has collected four goals and 12 assists over his last 11 games. The 24-year-old Swede has shattered his previous career highs by recording 20 goals and 50 points while Matthew Tkachuk notched an assist Monday to also hit the half-century mark in points for the first time, making Calgary the first team with four players (Gaudreau, Sean Monahan) to reach the plateau within the first 45 contests of a season since the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins. James Neal, who has scored at least 21 goals in each of his first 10 NHL seasons, has recorded only four over 43 games during his first campaign with the Flames.
1. Gaudreau, the NHL's reigning First Star of the Week, already has eclipsed his goal total in 80 games last season (24) and is four away from matching the career high he set in 2015-16.
2. Colorado RW Mikko Rantanen is one goal shy of joining Chris Drury as the only players in team history to score at least 20 in each of their first three full NHL seasons.
3. Monahan has collected two goals and nine assists during his five-game point streak.
PREDICTION: Flames 4, Avalanche 3