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Postby lw789 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:12 am

The Calgary Flames couldnt extend their shutout streak into a new month but proved capable enough at both ends of the ice to move to the brink of a season-high win streak. The Flames try to capture a fourth consecutive victory and give coach Bob Hartley his 400th on Thursday night against a Colorado Avalanche team thats expected to have goaltender Semyon Varlamov back. Calgary (16-8-2) gave up its first goal in nearly 149 minutes in Tuesdays opening period against Arizona but Josh Jooris first career hat trick kept the Flames rolling with a 5-2 victory. Jiri Hudler had two assists, giving him 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his last seven games. Linemate Johnny Gaudreau was also credited with a pair of assists. Hudler could have a prime opportunity for some more points, as he has six goals and nine assists in his last seven games against Colorado. Great game. Those three - Huds, Johnny and Joor - they have quite the chemistry going. Its fun. Theyre producing and on top of this, theyre so reliable in the three zones. Theyre dominant right now, said Hartley, who has coached in 12 NHL seasons and is in his third with Calgary. Theyre exciting to watch. Theyre a big, big part of our team. Varlamov will try to help stop that production in his first game back from a groin injury. The Colorado netminder hasnt played since Nov. 15, but coach Patrick Roy indicated he could get plenty of playing time in upcoming games should he stay healthy. Varlamov is facing Calgary for the first time since a 4-3 road loss March 27, 2013. Hes given up four goals in each of his last two matchups. Im excited to get back. Ive been missing (playing) hockey. Nobody wants to be injured, especially in this time of year, Varlamov said. Im ready to play. I feel really good. I dont have any problems in my groin anymore. The pain is gone. Im ready to play. Colorado (9-11-5) split six games during his absence. Calvin Pickard started the final three games before being sent back to the minors, and couldnt slow down Montreal in a 4-3 home loss Monday. The Avalanche blew a pair of one-goal leads in the second period then gave up the tiebreaking score with 6:06 remaining. Were not going to quit, veteran forward Daniel Briere said after scoring his fourth goal in six games. We have to go right back at it, get a win in Calgary and give ourselves another shot. Colorado, which seeks a fourth straight road win, has won six of its last nine games against Calgary but lost 4-3 in the most recent meeting Jan. 6. It has won three of four at the Saddledome. Karri Ramo, 5-0-0 with a 1.59 goals-against average in his last five games, is expected to make a fourth consecutive start in net for the Flames. Ramo is 1-3-0 with a 2.79 GAA in four career matchups with Colorado and earned the win in January. Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had three goals and an assist in three games against Calgary last season, but has one goal in the past 12 contests. He does have eight assists in that stretch. 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