2019-20 NHL – Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche taking place? Friday 4th October, 2019 – 03:00 (UK)

Where is Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche taking place? Pepsi Center

What television channel is Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche on? Check back here closer to the match for TV info

Where can I stream Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche? Check back here closer to the match for live streaming info

Where can I get tickets for Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Calgary Flames 1 – 5 Colorado Avalanche

THE TEAM NEWS

CALGARY FLAMES

  • The Flames were the best team in the Western Conference last season and paced the table with 107 points, clinching home-field advantage ahead of the playoffs although they ended the regular season on a two-game losing streak. That poor run of form extended to the playoffs, where they suffered a shocking first-round exit to the Colorado Avalanche (1-4).

  • Johnny Gaudreau had a career-year with the Flames in 2018/19 after notching 99 points (36 goals, 63 assists) in 82 games, leading the franchise on both goals and assists. Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan each contributed 34 goals, while both Mark Giordano and Elias Lindholm topped the 50-assist mark with 57 and 51, respectively.
  • The Flames have an established core in place and as a result have not been very active on the free-agent market. They only added forward Byron Froese, defenceman Brandon Davidson and goaltender Cam Talbot, each on a one-year contract. Some of the departures include Oscar Fantenberg (Canucks), Dalton Prout (Sharks), Mike Smith (Oilers), Anthony Peluso (Oilers) and Curtis Lazar (Sabres).

COLORADO AVALANCHE

  • The Avs clinched a playoff berth last season after finishing 8th place in the Western Conference, although they went 2-2 in their final four games of the regular season. Colorado pulled the upset against top-seeded Calgary Flames in the first round (4-1) but they lost 3-4 to the San Jose Sharks in the Conference Semi-finals.

  • Nathan MacKinnon led the Avalanche last season in points (99), assists (58) and goals (41), and he once again established himself as a top offensive threat. Mikko Rantanen had 87 points (31 goals, 56 assists), while Gabriel Landeskog ended with 75 points (34 goals, 41 assists).
  • Colorado made a big splash in free agency when they inked Joonas Donskoi, who played with the San Jose Sharks last season, to a four-year contract. AHL defender Dan Renouf and forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare signed two-year deals, while names such as Jayson Megna, T.J. Tynan and Andre Burakovsky were among the players given one-year deals. The list of departures includes Alexander Kerfoot (Maple Leafs), Andrew Agozzino (Penguins), Patrik Nemeth (Red Wings) and Semyon Varlamov (Islanders).

THE PREDICTION

The Avalanche could feature a deadly duo this season with Joonas Donskoi and Nathan MacKinnon leading the way offensively. However, the Flames won the Western Conference last season and should remain as one of the top teams in the league. Expect Calgary to win, but only by the smallest of margins.

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