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Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames - 1/6/14

Calgary Flames (14-21-6) at Colorado Avalanche (26-11-4)

NHL Hockey: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche -205 / Calgary Flames +186 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds


The Colorado Avalanche host the struggling Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center on Monday night in the NHL.

The Calgary Flames have just two wins in regulation in the last 30 games, but the Flames have managed points in seven games via overtime or shootout during this span. The most recent beating came from the Tampa Bay Lightning, who blanked the Flames by a score of 2-0 in front of a sold out Calgary fan base. Karri Ramo, who is slated to get the start against the Avalanche, made 27 saves against the Lightning in an overall impressive performance. Defenseman Dennis Wideman returned for the Flames after missing 16 games with a broken hand, but defense hasn’t been the largest issue for Calgary. The Flames have only managed one goal in the last four games and are 1-6-2 over the last nine contests.

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames - 1/6/14

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The Colorado Avalanche seem to have nestled into the crowded Western Conference, now it is simply a matter of jockeying for playoff seeding. The Avs are currently tied for fifth place with the Los Angeles Kings and come into Monday night’s game winners of three straight games. In its last game, against the San Jose Sharks, the Avalanche took a 4-0 lead late into the second period only to allow three goals in a 4-3 win. The game was much closer than it should have been given the way it started, but Semyon Varlamov tightened up in the third period for the Avs, who were outshot 33-21 by the Sharks. Varlemov has been red hot going 6-0-4 in his last 11 games with a GAA just above two.

The Avalanche are 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two teams, but the Flames are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Colorado. Colorado is 5-1 in the last five home games and the Flames have not won a game on the road since an overtime victory in Buffalo on December 14th.  Without a lot of value in this game on the home side, I think Calgary is worth a flyer as a live dog. Karri Ramo will be back in net for the Flames after a confidence boosting performance in his last outing, and reports imply that the team feels like it has let down the keepers. I think the Flames come out swinging in this game and could be a dog that bites.

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