Calgary (39-27-6) is in third place in the Pacific Division and seeking its first playoff bid since 2009, as it’s tied with Carolina for the NHL’s longest active drought.
Calgary now leads Los Angeles by two points for third place in the Pacific Division standings. Kari Ramo played well for the Flames, but he wasn’t able to make the big save when the club needed it most. Now Calgary needs to bounce back as they continue their home stand on Monday night against a Colorado Avalanche club that sent them to a tough defeat last week. The Flames will host the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night as they close out their home stand. Calgary has lost three of their last four games overall.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to double up on their win over the Flames last week and continue playing solid hockey as they head down the home stretch. If not for a late blow third period lead against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night the Avalanche would be entering Monday night’s contest with a four game winning streak. Colorado is 7-2-1 over their last 10 games.
Calgary has struggled down the stretch here when they’ve had opportunities to really help themselves solidify a playoff spot. It seems less like the pressure is getting the best of them and more like the lack of depth is. If the Flames want to win on Monday night and hold off the Kings the rest of the way they’re going to need some more production from their other lines.
-Calgary has 10 power-play goals in the last nine games while Colorado has killed off 30-of-31 penalties over a 14-game stretch.
-Semyon Varlamov, 6-0-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average in his last seven starts, will be in net.
-Flames G Karri Ramo takes a 2-4-0 record and 2.86 goals-against average versus Colorado into Monday’s matchup.
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