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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/28/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



CALGARY (7-7-0-4, 18 pts.) at COLORADO (7-8-0-3, 17 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/28/2013 9:05 PM
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17CALGARY+105Ov 5,-125+105Ov 5,-125
18COLORADO-125Un 5,+105-125Un 5,+105
CALGARY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-11-0-4.77-11-4.79-82.729.53.428.2
Team Stats (Road Games)3-4-0-0.63-4-0.63-42.328.63.031.3
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.22-3-1.21-
vs. Division2-5-0-3.82-5-3.83-
CALGARY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1849191415125319.2%661421.2%86
Team Stats (Road Games)716645102008.0%29620.7%28
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510424011367.4%1715.9%17
Team Stats (vs. Division)715663012057.3%27311.1%24
Stats Against (All Games) 611620214450712.0%631523.8%103
Stats Against (Road Games) 21397212199.6%28517.9%35
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14427101588.9%16212.5%26
Stats Against (vs. Division) 223973319411.3%28621.4%34
CALGARY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
LELAND IRVING (All Games)6512811388.3%02-3-1.12-3-0-14-1
LELAND IRVING (Road Games)32665887.9%01-101-1-002-0
LELAND IRVING (vs. Division)22554989.1%00-2-2.10-2-0-21-1
LELAND IRVING (Last 4 Games)44938187.1%01-3-2.11-3-0-23-1
HENRIK KARLSSON (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
HENRIK KARLSSON (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
HENRIK KARLSSON (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (All Games)7716914787.0%02-5-3.52-5-0-43-3
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Road Games)22565394.6%01-1+0.31-1-000-2
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (vs. Division)33776787.0%01-2-1.71-2-0-22-1
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Last 4 Games)44806986.2%02-2-0.52-2-0-12-2
JOEY MACDONALD (All Games)6517215690.7%03-2+13-2-0+12-3
JOEY MACDONALD (Road Games)22605591.7%01-1+0.11-1-001-1
JOEY MACDONALD (vs. Division)22615895.1%01-101-1-000-2
JOEY MACDONALD (Last 4 Games)4412111191.7%02-2-0.22-2-001-3
DANIEL TAYLOR (All Games)11373389.2%10-1-10-1-0-10-1
DANIEL TAYLOR (Road Games)11373389.2%10-1-10-1-0-10-1
DANIEL TAYLOR (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DANIEL TAYLOR (Last 4 Games)11373389.2%10-1-10-1-0-10-1

COLORADO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-11-0-3.47-11-3.46-92.429.03.032.3
Team Stats (Home Games)5-3-0+1.75-3+1.71-52.631.52.029.4
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.92-3-0.92-22.624.43.235.4
vs. Division3-4-0-0.13-4-0.14-32.930.33.432.0
COLORADO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1844131613235228.4%57814.0%75
Team Stats (Home Games)821596112528.3%26311.5%35
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5135611012210.7%14321.4%23
Team Stats (vs. Division)720577132129.4%24312.5%33
Stats Against (All Games) 54182211335829.3%781721.8%90
Stats Against (Home Games) 16852102356.8%3525.7%25
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 16482211779.0%18422.2%27
Stats Against (vs. Division) 2461080222410.7%29931.0%40
COLORADO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)4311310391.2%02-1+1.92-1-0+23-0
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (vs. Division)22575189.5%02-0+2.92-0-0+32-0
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)4311310391.2%02-1+1.92-1-0+23-0
SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)151546742691.2%35-10-5.25-10-0-53-9
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Home Games)8823521993.2%25-3+1.75-3-0+21-5
SEMYON VARLAMOV (vs. Division)5516514990.3%11-4-31-4-0-32-3
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)4413812792.0%12-2+0.12-2-001-2
Average power rating of opponents played: CALGARY 3.19,  COLORADO 3.17
CALGARY - Schedule
2/2/2013CHICAGO2-3L0, -110L5.5 evU
2/5/2013at DETROIT4-1W0, +130W5.5 unU
2/7/2013at COLUMBUS4-3W0, -120W5.5 unO
2/9/2013at VANCOUVER1-5L0, +175L5.5 unO
2/11/2013MINNESOTA1-2L0, -110L5 ovU
2/13/2013DALLAS7-4W0, -145W5.5 unO
2/15/2013ST LOUIS2-5L0, +105L5.5 unO
2/17/2013at DALLAS4-3W0, +115W5.5 ovO
2/18/2013at PHOENIX0-4L0, +155L5.5 unU
2/20/2013LOS ANGELES1-3L0, -120L5.5 unU
2/23/2013MINNESOTA3-1W0, -110W5 evU
2/24/2013PHOENIX5-4W0, -110W5.5 unO
2/26/2013at MINNESOTA1-2L0, +135L5 ovU
2/28/2013at COLORADO 
3/6/2013SAN JOSE 
3/8/2013at ANAHEIM 
3/9/2013at LOS ANGELES 
3/11/2013at LOS ANGELES 

COLORADO - Schedule
2/2/2013EDMONTON3-1W0, -130W5.5 unU
2/4/2013DALLAS2-3L0, -135L5 ovP
2/6/2013ANAHEIM0-3L0, +115L5.5 unU
2/11/2013PHOENIX2-3L0, -105L5 ovP
2/14/2013at MINNESOTA4-3W0, +140W5 evO
2/16/2013at EDMONTON4-6L0, +115L5 ovO
2/18/2013NASHVILLE6-5W0, +105W5 evO
2/20/2013ST LOUIS1-0W0, +105W5.5 unU
2/23/2013at LOS ANGELES1-4L0, +160L5 evP
2/24/2013at ANAHEIM3-4L0, +160L5.5 unO
2/26/2013at SAN JOSE2-3L0, +170L5.5 unU
3/3/2013at COLUMBUS 
3/5/2013at DETROIT 
3/6/2013at CHICAGO 
3/10/2013SAN JOSE 

LAST SEASON: 37-29-16, 90 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Western Conference.

COACH: Bob Hartley, first season.

ADDED: D Dennis Wideman, LW Jiri Hudler, C Roman Cervenka.

LOST: C Olli Jokinen, RW David Ross, D Scott Hannan, RW Guillaume Desbiens, RW Tom Kostopoulous.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Tanguay, who played for Hartley a decade ago in Colorado, will be more familiar with the coach than his teammates. If he can click on the top line with Jarome Iginla, the Flames may have a puncher's chance.

OUTLOOK: Despite the addition of Cervenka, the Flames should be weak enough on defense to keep G Miikka Kiprusoff busy. If Tanguay and other forwards can click with Iginla, they may have a chance at catching lightning in a bottle, but in a tough division with the formidable Avalanche and Canucks, they would do well to nick the last playoff spot.


LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.

COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.

ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon

LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (CALGARY-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Corrects Varlamov's stats in last graf)

*Flames-Avalanche Preview* ==========================


Calgary (7-7-4) at Colorado (7-8-3), 9:00 p.m. EDT

Despite a winless road trip, the Colorado Avalanche remain positive they can carry over the progress they made into their brief stop at home.

The Calgary Flames, meanwhile, know they need a much better effort than their last time out.

Colorado hopes to have Matt Duchene back from injury as it seeks a fourth consecutive victory over visiting Calgary on Thursday night.

The Avalanche finished 0-1-2 on their trip after a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Tuesday, though coach Joe Sacco lauded his team's determination after Mark Olver scored the tying goal with just over three minutes left in regulation.

"I like the fact we show some resiliency after falling behind twice," Sacco said. "That was a big point for us."

Though victories would have been much more beneficial for a team that sits near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, Colorado (7-8-3) still was able to pick up points that could be important in a shortened season - something it had trouble accomplishing at the start.

"We're getting points and getting games to overtime and giving ourselves a chance," captain Gabriel Landeskog said. "At the start of the year we would lose games toward the end and lose at least the one point, so I think that's a step forward."

Duchene, who has a team-high 17 points, sat out Tuesday's contest with a groin injury. He didn't participate in Wednesday's optional practice and is considered a game-time decision for this contest, which is the team's only home game before heading on the road for three more.

The Avalanche are 5-2-1 at the Pepsi Center, including two straight wins.

"We've been playing well at home and we've got to keep that going," said rookie forward Patrick Bordeleau, who recorded his first career point with an assist Tuesday. "We need to have a good start."

Colorado started slowly but finished with a flurry in the first meeting with the Flames, scoring three unanswered third-period goals in a 6-3 victory Jan. 31. John Mitchell, P.A. Parenteau and Paul Stastny each scored twice and Duchene has two assists, while former Avalanche winger Alex Tanguay scored for Calgary.

Tanguay, who spent his first six seasons with Colorado from 1999-2006, scored the Flames' lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss at Minnesota on Tuesday - the only power-play goal in 17 chances over the last five games for Calgary (7-7-4).

"When you waste nine minutes of power play without even getting a shot on net, you don't deserve to win," coach Bob Hartley said.

It likely won't get any easier Thursday, as Colorado has killed off 33 of 35 short-handed chances at home to rank among the league's best.

"It will be a test," defenseman Dennis Wideman told the Flames' official website. "They're a team that works hard, so we're going to have to be ready and we're going to have to support each other."

Captain Jarome Iginla's three-game point streak game to an end Tuesday for the Flames, who had won their previous two.

"You never want to say you didn't work hard enough, but we got out-worked," Iginla said.

Semyon Varlamov, who has stopped 69 of 71 shots while winning his last two starts versus the Flames, will be in net for Colorado, while Joey MacDonald could make his fifth consecutive start for Calgary as Miikka Kiprusoff remains out with a sprained MCL.

Last Updated: 9/26/2018 6:20:57 AM EST

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