The two hottest teams in the NHL will look to extend impressive runs Saturday.
Few expected the Colorado Avalanche to be this good after last season's atrocious finish, but they've been one of the best stories in the league so far and have squeezed into the second Western Conference wild-card spot with eight straight victories.
The Calgary Flames have been on a torrid stretch of their own, too, with seven straight wins propelling them to third in the Pacific Division.
Here's a quick look at how both teams have done it:
The Avalanche run has been longer, but Colorado has had to play only once on the road during its eight-game streak, while four of the Flames' seven wins have been accomplished away from home.
Here's how the two clubs stack up statistically over this stretch:
|Power Play||32.1% (9-for-28)||25% (5-for-20)|
|Penalty Kill||93.1% (27-for-29)||91.6 (22-for-24)|
Both teams have been great at limiting opposing power-play goals and have had plenty of success with their own man advantages.
The Avalanche have the edge in everything here, but not by much. Both teams deserve credit for their play on special teams and overall.