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The Avalanche hope to extend their winning streak as they return to the Pepsi Center

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

COpponent: Who: Calgary Flames (15-12-4)
Where: Pepsi Center - Denver, Colorado
Puck drop: 7:00 pm MT
Watch: ALT, Sportsnet West

The Colorado Avalanche return home after sweeping an eastern road trip and extending their winning streak to six games. The Avs will take on the Calgary Flames who are on a four game winning streak of their own as they look to turn their season around after the removal of Head Coach Bill Peters.

Dating back to last year’s playoffs, the Avalanche have won their last six games against Calgary, so they’ll be hoping to continue their dominance of the Flames and Nathan MacKinnon & Co. continue their ascent up the Western Conference standings.


Colorado Avalanche

Just when it seems the Avalanche are finally getting healthy - Mikko Rantanen, Andre Burakovsky, Matt Calvert and Gabriel Landeskog all returned to the lineup last week - the injury bug strikes again. Nazem Kadri for hurt in his return to Toronto, then both Philipp Grubauer and Cale Makar were forced out of the game against the Bruins Saturday night.

With Makar absent from the morning skate, Nikita Zadorov found himself in a power play jersey.

Sunday morning, T.J. Tynan was placed on waivers to be sent back to the Eagles. This is likely in case the team needed to call up a goalie to backup Pavel Francouz tonight.

Kadri skated today but was in a non-contact sweater.

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen

Joonas Donskoi - J.T. Compher - Andre Burakovsky

Valeri Nichushkin - P.E. Bellemare - Matt Calvert

Vladislav Kamenev - Tyson Jost - Matt Nieto

Defense

Samuel Girard - Nikita Zadorov

Mark Barberio - Ian Cole

Ryan Graves - Calle Rosen


Calgary Flames

Since taking over for Bill Peters, new Flames Head Coach Geoff Ward has the team playing much better thanks to a number of lineup changes. He’s moved star forward Johnny Gaudreau down to the third line in order to make a more balanced attack - a move that is so good it even has Milan Lucic on a two game scoring streak.

Forwards

Matthew Tkachuk - Elias Lindholm - Andrew Mangiapane

Sean Monahan - Mikael Backlund - Dillon Dube

Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Johnny Gaudreau

Zac Rinaldo - Tobias Rieder - Michael Frolik

Defense

Mark Girodano - Ramsus Andersson

Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic

T.J. Brodie - Michael Stone


Goalies

Philipp Grubauer was on the ice for the game day skate and it seems as though his hamstring isn’t much of a problem. That said, he won’t be more than a backup tonight. That means Pavel Francouz is set to make his eighth NHL start. He comes into this game with a very impressive .931 sv%.

For the Flames, we’re expected to see David Rittich between the pipes. Rittich has a 13-7-4 record and .914 sv% so far this season.

*UPDATE: Scratch that, the Avalanche have recalled Adam Werner to back up Frnacouz tonight