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Flames pumped up for playoffs rematch in opener vs. Avalanche

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CALGARY – Mark Giordano doesn’t think it’s a coincidence or a fluke.

“No I don’t,” laughed the Calgary Flames captain when asked about his club’s opening night assignment.

“I think it’s a good thing. I think the league does things like that well with rivalries in games that have a little bit more meaning, especially early in the season.”

A full 167 days after their breakthrough season came to a crashing halt, the Flames will start their season in Colorado where they felt a Mile Low last spring.

Yes, the team that was on their minds all summer long as they contemplated how it all fell apart, will welcome them back to action Thursday at Pepsi Centre.

“That’s funny how these things work — I don’t know if that’s by accident,” chuckled GM Brad Treliving who shares Giordano’s mindset.

“I heard a good line the other day: ‘if you’re looking through the schedule for an easy game and you can’t find one, you’re the easy game.

“There aren’t any easy ones. Hey, they’re a really good team that got better over the summer, so that’s certainly a challenge. The fact that it’s back at the scene of the crime adds a layer to it, but, hey, you’ve got to play everyone.”

In the eyes of every Flame you ask, it’s the perfect........

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