ColoradoAvalanche.com staff contributed to this story.
AVALANCHE (19-7-0) at FLAMES (10-13-4)
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Last 10: Colorado 5-5-0; Calgary 4-4-2
Season series: Friday's game is the second of three this season between the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames, and the only one at Scotiabank Saddledome. Colorado defeated Calgary 4-2 in Denver on Nov. 8, with John Mitchell getting the game winner and Matt Duchene potting an empty-net goal from the seat of his pants with three seconds to play.
Big story: The Avalanche won 19 of its first 25 games but had a tough night Thursday at Rexall Place, losing to the Oilers 8-2. The Flames are looking for their third consecutive win after knocking off Phoenix 4-1 Wednesday night in Calgary.
Avalanche: Despite giving up eight goals to Edmonton, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said postgame that he looked at the loss to the Oilers as a learning experience above all else. He also said he thought the score didn't reflect the way the game was played.
Colorado trailed 3-0 after the first period but got within 3-2 in the second period and had chances after the Oilers scored their fourth goal.
"We just played into their game," Roy said. "We have to learn from that. In the third period we had some chances at the start of the period, but we couldn't find the back of the net. It was closer than the score."
Flames: Head coach Bob Hartley rode Swiss rookie netminder Reto Berra in November, starting him 11 of 12 games in one stretch. Now it's Karri Ramo's turn. After allowing one goal each in consecutive victories against the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes, Ramo will play again Friday.
"Karri's very focused," Hartley said. "[Phoenix is] a team that puts lots of good pucks to the net with intentions of getting tip or screen shots. They're doing a very good job at it, and I felt that throughout the game [Wednesday] Karri had about four, five tips that were very dangerous chances. I felt that his tracking was unbelievable. It looked like routine saves, and they were not. I feel that right now, the game is easy for him. He makes saves look easy, and that's a quality of a good goalie. He's playing very well."
Who's hot: Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog has five points in his past three games. … Ramo has stopped 50 of 52 shots in back-to-back wins.
Injury report: Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda suffered an apparent knee injury at 12:11 of the first period Thursday in Edmonton and did not return to the game. The extent of the injury isn’t yet known.
Hejda lost his footing and crashed into the corner boards after he tangled up with Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello in a puck pursuit in the Avs’ zone. Hejda immediately clutched his knee and was later helped off the ice, with an arm draped around Colorado trainer Matt Sokolowski and fellow defenseman Nate Guenin.
“Right now it’s difficult to say,” Roy said. “I haven’t talked to Matt, but we’ll see more [Friday] or, I guess, the next day. The plan is to send him back to Denver [Friday], and we’ll see. [Team physician] Dr. [Andrew] Parker will meet with Jan, and we’ll have more details.
“Right now, I cannot give you more details than that.”
Defenseman Ryan Wilson (back) and forward Alex Tanguay (knee) are also out for Colorado. Tanguay might return when the Avs return to Denver next week. Wilson is expected to return later.
For the Flames, forwards Curtis Glencross (knee) and former Avalanche player TJ Galiardi (back spasms) are expected to miss Friday's game, as is center Sean Monahan (fractured foot) and defenseman Dennis Wideman (fractured hand).
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