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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