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Colorado Avalanche Face Great Opportunity Vs. Calgary Flames On Wednesday

Flames Avalanche Basement Battle

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The Colorado Avalanche have a great chance to move out of the Western Conference basement Wednesday night if they can defeat the Calgary Flames. There seems to be little on the line here for either team other than bragging rights, as both have struggled to win games this season. The Avalanche are in a particularly bad spot, having lost six of their last seven games.

Starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov had struggled through the past two weeks, and backup J.S. Giguere didn’t do much better in a Sunday loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Giguere stopped 27 shots but a lack of offensive support hurt his chances to get the win. P.A. Parenteau had a goal and an assist and continues to be one of the best additions for an Avalanche team that is line for a major rebuild at the end of the season.

The Flames managed just 16 shots in a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, and have lost four of their last five games. Scoring has been a problem for the Flames recently, but they give up the second-most goals per game in the league. If Colorado’s offense, led by Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Parenteau and Paul Stastny is ever going to have a good night, the matchup against the Flames is a prime opportunity.

After the game against the Flames, the Avalanche face two teams that have been playing very well recently: the Canucks and the Nashville Predators. A win against the Flames would be a great step in the right direction for an Avalanche team that has had few things to get excited about this season.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.