Rejuvenated Flames host torrid Avalanche

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Rejuvenated Flames host torrid Avalanche

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Colorado (5-3-0) at Calgary (4-3-1), 9:30 pm EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- After trudging through dismal
starts to the 2008-09 campaign, the Colorado Avalanche and
Calgary Flames have found ways to construct their own impressive
winning streaks.

Captain Jarome Iginla and the Flames host the offensive-minded
Avalanche in a battle of two rejuvenated Western Conference
rivals on Tuesday.

Winners of three straight, the Flames have received an outburst
of production from Iginla this past week. After being held to
one goal over his first five games, the 31-year-old recorded a
hat trick in the team's 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators
on Thursday and then posted a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win
against the Phoenix Coyotes two nights later.

Already the franchise's all-time leading goal-scorer with 380,
Iginla has 772 career points, needing 58 more to tie Theoren
Fleury for first place in team history.

No stranger to offensive success, the Avalanche have scored at
least four goals in five of their last six games and their 30
goals rank fourth in the NHL.

They extended their winning streak to five with a 2-1 shootout
victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and erased a
three-game losing skid to start the season - something something
the team hadn't done since starting 0-4-0 in 1998-99.

Before their torrid run, the Avalanche fell, 5-4, to the Flames
on October 14.

Colorado netminder Peter Budaj was roughed up during the team's
losing skid, but has thrived since. He has recorded three
straight victories, while posting a 1.62 goals-against average
during that span. Budaj is 3-1-0 with a 3.89 GAA in his last
five games against the Flames.


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Rejuvenated Flames host torrid Avalanche