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Game Preview: Flames vs Colorado Avalanche

The two fading teams in the West face-off tonight as the Flames host the Colorado Avalanche in their sixth and final meeting of the season. Once both in the heat of the battle for the 8th and final playoff spot, both teams have lost their games in recent stretches are now running out of chances to make up any ground. The Flames after another lackluster performance on Wednesday against the Kings have gone 1-3-3 in their last seven, while the Aves, who also only have 3 games remaining, have gone 0-3-1 in their last four games. This will be the sixth and final meeting between the clubs as Colorado has just one win against the Flames this year, coming in their last meeting, a 2-1 OT victory on Mar. 20th.

Game Preview: Flames vs Colorado Avalanche

After a dreadful weekend where the Flames lost to the 29th and 30th place teams, netting just one of a four possible points, the Flames season lays on the line tonight as they head into Colorado. The Flames are chasing the Avalanche for the elusive 8th and final playoff spot, trailing them by a measly two points with a game in hand. This will be the fifth of six meetings between the clubs as the Flames have dominated the Avalanche, not only this season with four victories, but since early in the 2010-11 season. The Avalanche hasn’t beaten the Flames since Oct. 28th, 2010 as the Flames look for the 10th consecutive victory. This is not just an important game for these teams but also in the West as two points also separate, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th place. All six of those teams are in action tonight, so it should make an exciting night of hockey.

Avs Steal One in Buffalo!

Avs Win, Move into 7th!

Avs Mcginn scores with .07 seconds left

Well that is playoff hockey folks!  Both teams needing the points to get into the playoffs, and the Avs had just a bit more.  A game that went back and fourth came down to the last seconds of the game.  With the Avs down 4-3 with just seconds left, Landeskog took control and went end to end causing a scramble in front of Miller, soon the puck popped past Miller and was sitting on the doorstep for Mcginn to poke in and tie up the game with less than a second left.  Then the Avs did what they always do, win...

Avs Win Big, but May have Lost more...

Duchene goes down with a bad injury

Well the Avs ended the home and home with Minnesota sweeping both games and getting back in the playoff picture.  The Avs are now tied with San Jose and Los Angeles for 8th and one point back of 7th.  Man does the loss to Columbus continue to sting in the standings.  Even though the Avs routed Minny 7-1, it was the beginning of the third period that took the spotlight away from the goals.  While skating up ice, Matt Duchene lost the puck between his skates and trying to get the puck back stepped on a Wild players stick.  What ensued was a bad scene as Duchene's an...

Avs get back on track, is it too late?

Avs Win Big, Back in Hunt

Well after a 2 game losing streak that saw the Avs lose to the lowly Blue Jackets and then demolished to the Penguins both at home.  If the Avs are to make the playoffs they can't lose at home.  Good news was they followed the loss to the Penguins with a big win in Minnesota.  The Avs won 2-0 thanks to a big game from Jamie McGinn and Valamov in between the pipes.  As for the rest of the Avs, it wasn't the greatest game.  I will say Stastny played a bit better for this game, but Duchene wasn't very effective.  The Avs need th...

Avs Score Big with Deadline Deals

Avs Win Fourth in a Row

The Avs had a quieter deadline day than past years, but overall it was a quiet deadline for the league.  However the moves the Avs have made have already made an immediate impact.  The first trade for Steve Downie has been already unbelievable for an Avs team that was struggling.  Since that trade the Avs have won four in a row and are now tied for 8th place with Dallas, but the biggest thing Downie has brought is points.  The Avs as a team have 17 goals in the 4 games, which has really changed the way the team is playing.  Not only that but the goaltending has gotten better with...

Late Surge Can't Stop the Avalanche

The Red Wings put forth a similar effort to their past two games against the Avalanche but lost by one again. The Avalanche's top forwards provided consistent offense scoring in each period. The Red Wings maintained little consistent pressure during the first two periods and were unable to catch Colorado with a strong surge in the third period. 

Colorado came out firing and were up 2-0 before three minutes had ticked off the clock. Gabriel Landeskog scored from the low slot just 1:35 in off a pass from newly acquired Steve Downie. Downie who was part of the quasi-three way trade with Tampa Bay that sent Kyle Quincey to Detroit was a key factor for Colorado in the game.


It's Time to Rebound

The Red Wings seek to rebound with a stronger offensive effort tonight against Colorado. The Wings' power play has been anemic over the past 10 games, and they've only mustered 4 goals over the past two games. Mike Babcock wants to see more energy from his team and the Wings need to stop looking lost without Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup.

Detroit leads the season series 2-1, winning the first two games easily by scores of 3-0 and 5-2. Colorado won the most recent matchup in December 4-2. Johan Franzen leads the Wings in this series with 5 G, 0 A including a hat trick in the 5-2 win. Danny Cleary has 2 G, 2 A in the series. Gabriel Landeskog has put up 1 G, 2 A against Detroit ...

Downie Trade Evaluation

A Second Look at the Downie Trade

I'll admit it, when I first heard about this week's three way trade I was not at all happy as my initial blog stated, but now that I have had some time to digest it I fell like this may be a good move after all. The biggest gripe I had initially is that I thought the Avs would use Kyle Quincey as part of a package to land a bigger player.  But now that I look at who Steve Downie is and what he could be for this team I think this trade makes sense.  

Downie may be tough grinder type player, but compared to most grinders Downie has decent of...

The Return of Matt Duchene!

No Excuse for the Playoff Run 

The return of Matt Duchene will be huge!

The Avs are about to run out of excuses, as Matt Duchene is set to make his return tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.  The Avs haven't played in Winnipeg since 1996, and the players seemed really excited for the game.  If the Avs want to win, they need to continue what they did last game against Edmonton.  We saw the Avs' team we know they can be; playing fast, going to the net, and playing hard defense.  

The big guys showed up with Stastny, O'Rei...