We’re in for a really good matchup tonight at Ball Arena. On Pride Night to celebrate the movement of hockey for all, the Colorado Avalanche welcome the Calgary Flames to town who sit atop the Pacific Division.
These two teams are destined to play in the postseason thanks to marvelous runs by both teams. Each will hope to extend their own division lead tonight with what’s destined to be an enthralling game.
Don’t listen to what others have to say on the Avalanche on social media - there is no need to panic. Despite a severely disappointing 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, it was only their 11th regular season loss in regulation.
It was also only their fifth loss in 2022 as a whole, and we are now three months into the new year. This team is good and will continue to be so for a long time - there’s no need to throw it all out the window thanks to that loss.
The Avs will certainly be playing mad though after Nathan MacKinnon was the recipient of a high stick in the dying seconds that wasn’t called. This caused all hell to break loose with MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each fighting and giving it to the referees.
If I read the Captain’s lips correctly he said, “f**king look at that, that’s a penalty.” Avs players, coaches and fandom absolutely up in arms and rightfully so. May not have effected the outcome but what game are these officials watching? #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/zkHJ7uyrfG— Adrian Hernandez (@AdoHernandez27) March 4, 2022
Andre Burakovsky (95) - Nathan MacKinnon (29) - Mikko Rantanen (96)
Gabriel Landeksog (92) - Nazem Kadri (91) - Alex Newhook (18)
Tyson Jost (17) - J.T. Compher (37) - Logan O’Connor (25)
Kurtis MacDermid (56) - Darren Helm (43) - Nicolas Aube-Kubel (16)
Devon Toews (7) - Cale Makar (8)
Jack Johnson (3) - Sam Girard (49)
Ryan Murray (28) - Erik Johnson (6)
The Flames are just the start of several games for the Avs against Canadian sides. The Flames are also hot, as their team name depicts. They’ve won eight of their last ten games storming to the top of the Pacific Division.
They themselves are also coming off a disappointing loss of their own. The Flames fell to the league-worst Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in OT on Thursday night on home ice. They will also be looking to get back in the win column just as the Avs are too.
Newly acquired Tyler Toffoli from the Canadiens has found life well in Alberta. He’s got five goals and three assists in eight games, averaging an even point a game. He will look to continue his streak and continue to help his Flames climb up the standings.
Johnny Gaudreau (13) - Elias Lindholm (28) - Matthew Tkachuk (19)
Andrew Mangiapane (88) - Mikael Backlund (11) - Blake Coleman (20)
Milan Lucic (17) - Sean Monohan (23) - Tyler Toffoli (73)
Trevor Lewis (22) - Brad Richardson (15) - Brett Ritchie (24)
Noah Hanfin (55) - Rasmus Andersson (4)
Oliver Kylington (58) - Chris Tanev (8)
Nikita Zadorov (16) - Erik Gudbranson (44)
With Pavel Francouz starting and falling in Arizona, it’ll likely be Darcy Kuemper getting the start and take command over his crease. For the Flames, it’ll likely be Jacob Markstrom who will look to continue his own upward trend after a hard start to new life in Calgary.