Colorado (12-7-1) at Calgary (9-8-2)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Thu Nov 27, 2003
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The Calgary Flames look to extend their season-high winning streak to four games as they host the Colorado Avalanche at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Calgary has actually picked up points in four straight games, suffering a 2-1 overtime loss at Edmonton on Nov. 15 before its current three-game run.

On Saturday, Miikka Kiprusoff posted his second win in as many starts for the Flames since being acquired from San Jose on Nov. 16. A career backup, Kiprusoff stopped 24 shots and staved off five Chicago power plays as the Flames held on for a 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.

“The talk has been that he hasn’t played for seven months but he’s very focused, he’s hungry,” Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair said. “He’s an important part of our team right now and it’s good for those players to feel confident with him in here.”

Dean McAmmond scored the game-winning goal with just 49 seconds left for Calgary, which has pulled out three consecutive one-goal wins to kick off a six-game road trip.

The Flames will be looking for their first home win over Colorado since Nov. 10, 2001.

Colorado has been struggling on offense and special teams during a two-game skid.

Milan Hejduk and Joe Sakic scored third-period goals in a 3-2 loss to Nashville on Monday, with Hejduk’s tally ending the Avalanche’s scoreless streak at 124 minutes, 31 seconds.

Colorado, fifth in the NHL on the power play, went 0-for-5 on the man advantage and has failed to score in its last 13 chances.

The Avalanche also allowed a pair of power-play goals and a shorthanded score to Nashville.

“It was definitely specialty teams, that is what it was,” Colorado coach Tony Granato said. “With the parity the way it is in the league, if a team comes in and gets three goals in specialty situations you are going to have a tough time, and that was certainly the case tonight.”

STANDINGS (through Nov. 25): Avalanche - 26 points, 2nd place, 4 PB, Northwest Division. Flames - 20 points, 4th place, 10 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Avalanche - Hejduk, 12 goals; Alex Tanguay, 20 assists and 28 points; Jim Cummins, 42 PIM. Flames - Matthew Lombardi, 6 goals; Steve Reinprecht and Jarome Iginla, 9 assists; Reinprecht, 14 points; Krzysztof Oliwa, 71 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 25): Avalanche - Power play: 23 percent (23 for 100), 5th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84 percent (14 for 88), 13th. Flames - Power play: 17.2 percent (14 for 81), 13th. Penalty killing: 78.9 percent (20 for 95), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Avalanche - David Aebischer (11-4-0, 2 SO, 2.29 GAA); Phil Sauve (1-4-1, 0, 2.60). Flames - Jamie McLennan (7-5-0, 2, 1.94); Kiprusoff (2-0-0, 0, 1.00).

SEASON SERIES: Avalanche, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 28; Avalanche, 4-2. At Colorado, Aebischer had 26 saves as the Avalanche beat the Flames on the night Colorado retired Patrick Roy’s No. 33.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Avalanche - 5-2-0-1 on the road; Flames - 6-4-0-0 at home.

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