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Tuesday, 11.28.2006 / 5:00 PM

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames

If the Colorado Avalanche are to record their first three-game winning streak of the season, they'll need to overcome an opponent that has given them trouble recently.

Colorado looks to extend its run of solid play and end its struggles against the Calgary Flames when the Northwest Division rivals face off Tuesday at Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Avalanche (11-10-2) have won two straight, following a 3-2 shootout victory over visiting Anaheim on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Colorado is looking for its first three-game winning streak since March 7-12 - a run which coincidentally included a victory over the Flames. That was also the last time the Avalanche beat Calgary. The Flames won the final three meetings in last year's eight-game season series by a combined 12-6 margin.

Calgary also won all four meetings with Colorado last season at the Saddledome.

Wojtek Wolski ended a six-game points drought in Saturday's Colorado victory, scoring a goal and adding a career-high three assists as the Avalanche recorded their fourth win in five games.

"I was upset with myself that I didn't play the last game," said Wolski, who was a healthy scratch Wednesday. "I think you have to take it as information you want to use to get better and to learn from."

The Avalanche also saw improvement from goaltender Jose Theodore. The 10-year veteran dropped three straight starts earlier this month, but earned his second consecutive victory by making 28 saves on Saturday.

"That was as important as anything," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said after Theodore lowered his goals-against average to 2.93 for the season. "Jose stood tall when we needed it."

Wolski and Theodore have both enjoyed success against the Flames in the past. Wolski recorded three points in his only game versus Calgary in his rookie season, a 7-3 Colorado victory on Oct. 10, 2005.

Theodore owns a 1.68 GAA in seven starts against the Flames - his lowest GAA against any opponent he's faced at least five times in his career.

Calgary (10-10-2) hopes returning home will turn its fortunes around after dropping two games in Southern California over the weekend, 3-1 at Los Angeles on Saturday and 5-3 on Sunday at Anaheim. The Flames went 1-for-9 on the power play during the trip, while allowing four opponent goals with the man advantage in 11 opportunities.

"It's the same thing we've been saying," captain Jarome Iginla said. "Our specialty teams on the road need to be better on both sides. It's such a big part of the game nowadays."

Kristian Huselius scored two goals for the Flames in Sunday's loss, while Daymond Langkow scored completed Calgary's scoring on the power play in the final minute.

As bad as the Flames have been on the road, where they are 3-7-2, they have been just as good at home. Calgary is 7-3-0 at the Saddledome, and is looking for its sixth straight win there.

The Flames have outscored opponents 17-3 during their current home winning streak, not allowing more than one goal in any of those contests.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 08 '07CGY 3 at COL 6J. Sakic
Apr 03 '07COL 4 at CGY 3J. Sakic
Mar 14 '07CGY 2 at COL 3P. Stastny
Feb 20 '07CGY 3 at COL 4M. Svatos
Feb 17 '07COL 2 at CGY 5D. Phaneuf
Feb 15 '07COL 7 at CGY 5M. Hejduk
Jan 11 '07CGY 7 at COL 3D. Langkow
Nov 28 '06COL 2 at CGY 5M. Lombardi
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