After losing their season opener on home ice against Detroit, the Avalanche won five straight games -- all on the road -- from Oct. 10-17. In 10 games since then, however, Colorado is just 3-6-1 and has been unable to get a winning streak started.
The Avs snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday against the visiting New York Islanders, as Kyle Quincey scored 2:39 into overtime to lift Colorado to a 4-3 comeback victory. The Islanders led the game by a 3-0 score just eight minutes into the second period, but Colorado stormed back with a tally in the final minute of the second and two more markers in the third.
Colorado scored the OT game-winner on the power play after Isles goaltender Al Montoya clipped a Colorado player with a high stick. Quincey would take advantage of a screen by David Jones and ripped a shot from up high that found the twine.
"Jonesy did a great job in front," Quincey said. "If (Montoya) sees that shot, he probably saves it. Jonesy did all the work there. Huge win for the boys."
Quincey, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk each finished with a goal and an assist for Colorado. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves to pick up the win. It was the 234th win of Giguere's career, tying him with Eddie Johnson for 50th on the NHL's all-time list.
Avs forward Peter Mueller (concussion) has been back at practice and could see action this evening. Mueller, who missed all of last season with a concussion, hasn't played since suffering another head injury three games into the 2011-12 campaign. He was a game-time decision on Thursday, but was scratched for a 13th straight game.
Colorado is just 2-5-0 as the host this season. The Avs will play their next two games in Pittsburgh and Minnesota before returning to Denver for an eight- game homestand.
The Flames enter tonight having won the last six meetings in this series, including a 4-2 victory in Calgary on Oct. 26. Colorado's last win over its Northwest Division rivals was on Oct. 28 of last season.
Calgary has also claimed five straight in Denver and last suffered a loss at the Pepsi Center on Dec. 13, 2009.
The Flames will try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season tonight. Calgary suffered a 3-0 setback Tuesday against visiting Minnesota and was downed 4-1 in Chicago on Friday. Four different Blackhawks scored goals, as Calgary lost for the third time in four games.
"We didn't get it done tonight and got sloppy late in the game," said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter. "We had our chances tonight, we just didn't take advantage of them."
Calgary, which will play its next two games on home ice, is 3-4-0 as the road club this year.