After a heartbreaking overtime loss against the Dallas Stars that some called an early candidate for "Game of the Year", the Colorado Avalanche head home for another game against their divisional foes, the Calgary Flames.
These two teams met less than two weeks ago in a game that was dominated by the Flames. Rene Bourque scored two goals on the night as Calgary won handily, 4-2. Jean-Sebastien Giguere got the start in net for Colorado during that game, stopping 31 of 34 starts in the loss.
Colorado is hoping that their offensive outbreak on the road makes its way to Pepsi Center, where the difference in offense has been staggering. Colorado has managed only six total goals at home this season, but have scored 33 goals on the road. Against Dallas, Matt Duchene was moved to Paul Stastny's left wing and recorded his first career hat trick along the way to a career-high four point night. If the Avalanche are to break out against the Flames -- who have dominated Colorado in their recent matchups -- Matt Duchene and Stastny will have to be at the forefront of the scoring.
Semyon Varlamov will start in net for Colorado, his first game against Calgary in an Avalanche uniform.
Puck drops at 6:00 p.m. MDT.
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