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The Scouting Report: Colorado Avalanche

Tuesday, 26.03.2013 / 11:21 PM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)
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The Scouting Report: Colorado Avalanche
CALGARY, AB -- Depending on geographic location, the Colorado Avalanche should be a team that's pretty easy to predict.

At home, the Avalanche are lights out with a 9-6-1 record. Away from the Pepsi Center, Colorado has just a couple wins to their credit with a 2-10-3 record. It's that very same road record that has failed the Avalanche, who sit in the basement at 15th in the Western Conference standings.

Regardless of geographic location, the Avalanche have handled the Flames, as their head-to-head record will attest to.

SEASON SERIES

Flames Head-To-Head: 0-2-0

Through the first two battles in the season series between the Flames and Avalanche, Colorado holds a decisive advantage.

On January 31st, John Mitchell, PA Parenteau, Paul Stastny and the Avalanche dumped Calgary 6-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Each player had a pair of goals while two others had multi-point outings in doubling up Miikka Kiprusoff and the Flames.

The Avalanche managed to put up another five on Joey MacDonald and the Flames on February 28th at the Pepsi Center, coming back from a three-goal deficit to rally to a 5-4 win. Both Stastny and Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist each in the comeback, to guarantee at least a split in the four-game season series.

WHO'S HOT

Ryan O'Reilly
Center - COL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 11
SOG: 40 | +/-: -1
RYAN O'REILLY

Though the Avalanche are just 3-8-1 since O'Reilly returned to the lineup after missing the first 19 games of the year, the 22-year-old center has been lights out this season. O'Reilly has 11 points in 12 games this season, including five in his last three outings. His production shouldn't come as a surprise after recording 18 goals and 55 points in 81 games over last year's campaign.

WHO'S NOT

Jamie McGinn
Left Wing - COL
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 14
SOG: 93 | +/-: -11
JAMIE MCGINN

Though he snapped his scoreless drought at the expense of the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, McGinn had gone six straight games without registering a point. Further, the former second round pick from 2006 was a minus-6 during that span. Fifth in team scoring, McGinn has five goals and 14 points this season after notching eight goals and 13 points in 17 games after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline last year.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

PAUL STASTNY

Though he's got just eight goals and 19 points in 31 games, Stastny has been at his most productive this season when squaring off against Calgary. In two games against the Flames this season, Stasty has three goals and four points. The five-time 20-goal scorer will do his best to extend those totals at Calgary's expense.

MATT DUCHENE

No forward has played more this season than Duchene for the Avalanche this season and no forward has been more productive than the third overall pick from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Duchene has returned to form this season after a hiccup last year, recording 12 goals and 32 points in 30 games this season.

GABRIEL LANDESKOG

The second overall pick from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the 20-year-old Landeskog has already made an impact in his young NHL career when, at 19 years, 286 days, became the youngest captain in league history after eclipsing Sidney Crosby's previous mark by 11 days. The young captain hasn't disappointed in that role either, and has 11 points in 19 games this season.

BY THE NUMBERS

Colorado Record This Year: 11-16-4 (15th in Western Conference)
Colorado Record Last Year: 41-35-6 (11th in Western Conference)
Calgary Record This Year: 12-15-4 (14th in Western Conference)
Colorado Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE
Calgary Scoring Leaders: CLICK HERE