Calgary dropped the Red Wings last night 2-1, pulling 6 points ahead of the Avs in the playoff race. I didn't watch all of the game, but it looked like the Flames stepped up their game last night - nothing like a little pressure to kick your game into high gear.
Colorado has a chance to keep pace tonight, taking on the Oilers in Edmonton. Edmonton has dropped 11 in a row, is ravaged by injuries, and has angered fans by trading away Ryan Smyth. In other words, it has all the makings of a trap game for the Avs. The Avalanche have struggled in games like this - 14-12-2 against teams with less than 80 points. This is not a game they can take lightly.
Next up on the horizon? Hey, it's Edmonton again on Friday. Meanwhile, the Flames will host the Nahsville Predators. Go mustard yellow guys.
Hot for the Avs: pretty much everyone, as the totals for the last 10 games reveal. Milan Hejduk has 7 goals and 14 points in his last 10 games. Peter Budaj has a 2.09 GAA in his last 8. John-Michael Liles and Jeff Finger are a combined +15 in the last 10 games. Only 1 Avalanche - Brad Richardson - has a negative +/- over the last 10 games (he's -1).
Not hot: Tyler Arnason has just 3 points (all goals) in his last 10 games. Scott Parker and Marek Svatos are the only forwards to have less points, and they have played in just 6 and 4 games respectively.