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Friday, November 8th (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (6-8-2) at Colorado Avalanche (12-2-0), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Despite his best effort, Matt Duchene couldn't get the Colorado Avalanche a share of NHL history last time out.

The streaking forward will now try to help his club bounce back from just its second loss of the season on Friday night in a matchup with the visiting Calgary Flames.

The Avalanche carried a six-game winning streak into Wednesday's meeting with the Nashville Predators and were looking to join the 2007-08 Ottawa Senators as the only teams in league history to win 13 of their first 14 games to begin a season.

Colorado battled back from three different deficits against visiting Nashville, with Duchene's 10th goal of the season and third point of the game deadlocking the contest at 4-4 early in the third period. However, Colin Wilson put the Preds up just over three minutes after Duchene scored and Nashville got an empty-net tally to hand the Avs a 6-4 defeat.

Duchene assisted on goals by P.A. Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly, while Paul Stastny also scored as Colorado also failed to post the best start in franchise history. The 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques also began the season 12-1-0 before losing in their 14th game.

"You're not gonna be perfect every night. What has to be perfect is our work ethic," said Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog. "Tonight, the work was there, but we were sloppy on defense. It was tough not getting the tying goal. We have to take what we did in the third and carry it to the next game."

Duchene will certainly try to carry his effort into this meeting. He has five goals and 10 points over his last seven games and 17 points in total this season. The 22-year-old has three goals and eight assists in 22 career meetings with Calgary.

Semyon Varlamov yielded a season-high five scores on 27 shots in defeat, but Colorado head coach Patrick Roy sympathized with his starter: "Varly was fighting out there. The goals were not his fault."

Still, Roy is expected to start Jean-Sebastien Giguere tonight in the third contest of a four-game homestand. While Varlamov is a solid 8-2-0 with a 2.10 goals against average in 10 starts this season, Giguere has won all four of his starts and has posted a 0.75 GAA with two shutouts.

Giguere has plenty of experience versus the Flames, going 17-13-1 with two ties and a 2.35 GAA in 34 career meetings.

Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson is doubtful for tonight after suffering a back injury in the second period on Wednesday.

The Flames conclude a four-game road trip tonight with the back end of consecutive games. They won the opener of the swing in Chicago, but have since dropped contests in Minnesota and St. Louis.

Calgary nearly rallied from a three-goal deficit last night versus the Blues, but fell in defeat, 3-2.

Tim Jackman scored his first goal of the season and Mike Cammalleri added his fifth, with both tallies coming in the third period. Calgary also got a late power play and pulled goaltender Reto Berra for a two-man advantage, but failed to convert and is 0-for-28 on the power play over the last eight games.

"We created some chances at the net, but we didn't do it all night long," said Flames forward Chris Butler.

Berra was making his third career start after debuting in the win over Chicago, but yielded three goals on 27 shots faced. It was Calgary's eighth loss in the past 11 games.

Karri Ramo could earn the start tonight over Berra and has faced the Avalanche only once before and not since Jan. 15, 2008 while with Tampa Bay. He took a loss in that game, giving up two goals on 24 shots.

Though the Flames and Avs split four meetings a season ago, Calgary has still won 11 of the previous 15 encounters and eight of its last 10 in Colorado.

11/08 10:42:34 ET

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Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
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MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
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PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
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DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
Final
WAS 3
CHC 0
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ARI 3
STL 4
Final
SDP 5
ANA 4
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ATL 3
LOS 2
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4:35pm Today
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BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
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TEX
 
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
7:05pm Monday
TOR
WAS
 
7:10pm Monday
CHC
MIA
 
7:10pm Monday
MIN
BOS
 
8:10pm Monday
BAL
HOU
 
8:10pm Monday
MIL
STL
 
8:40pm Monday
LOS
COL
 
9:40pm Monday
ATL
ARI
 
10:05pm Monday
TAM
ANA
 
10:10pm Monday
NYM
SDP
 
10:10pm Monday
NYY
SEA
 
10:15pm Monday
PIT
SFG
 
Final
HOU 90
GSW 104
Final
ANA 2
CHI 5
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
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ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
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7:00pm Friday
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7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
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HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
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VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
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ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
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DUR