Head-to-Head: Colorado Avalanche vs Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche Head-to-Head Calgary Flames Jared Bednar Head Coach Darryl Sutter 46-14-6 (1st in Central Division) Standing 40-17-8 (1st in Pacific Division) Leaders Nazem Kadri (81) Points Johnny Gaudreau (90) Mikko Rantanen (33) Goals Elias Lindholm (34) Nazem Kadri (55) Assists Johnny Gaudreau (60) Devon Toews (45) +/- Johnny Gaudreau (49) Nathan MacKinnon (4. 73) Shots (Per Game) Johnny Gaudreau (3. 25)
Why Might the Colorado Avalanche Win?
The Colorado Avalanche are not the favorites in this game but can still win if they draw penalties and limit the Flames’ shots.
The Avalanche have the sixth-best power-play unit in the league. They convert on almost 25% of their power-plays and have 57 goals with a man advantage. They must figure out how they can draw penalties. They will be able to create a leading off power-play goal.
Why might the Calgary Flames win?
The Flames are the surprising favorites in this matchup. They must still focus on getting the Avalanche off to low percentage shots and slowing Nazam Kadri down.
The Avalanche shoot the puck a lot. They average 35.2 shots per game and 3. 79 goals. Their shooting is difficult to control so the Flames could try to make the Avalanche take lower-percentage shots.
Nazem Kadri may be 31, but he is showing no signs of slowing down. He is an elite passer and playmaker, evidenced by his 55 assists. He needs to be slowed down by the Flames and his passing routes should be cut. They will be able to limit Avalanche scoring if they do.
Avalanche Key Player: (D) Cale Makar
Cale Makar is a top defenseman in the NHL. He has 24 goals, 49 assists, and a TOI of 25: 29. These are impressive stats, but he also has a remarkable +/-. statistic.
Makar has a +/- of 38. Although it’s not the most high on the Avalanche team, it is very high. Makar has a positive effect on the team, and his teammates are better because of it. Makar is the Avalanche’s most important player.
Makar needs to continue looking for his teammates and setting them up with the right passes. While he can sometimes score, he is much more productive when looking for his team.
Flames Key Player: (LW) Johnny Gaudreau
This was an easy choice; winger Johnny Gaudreau is an electric player and one of the best in the league. He has 30 goals, 60 assists, and a +/- of 49.
Makar can do it all on the ice and commands so much attention from opposing teams. When he brings in opposition defensemen, he is able create chances for his teammates.
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How to Watch Colorado Avalanche vs Calgary Flames
Colorado Avalanche vs Calgary Flames Information What Colorado Avalanche vs Calgary Flames Where Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta When Tuesday, March 29, 9: 00 PM EST How to Watch ESPN+