NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 30th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (2-3-0) at Vancouver Canucks (2-2-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It's been nearly three years since the Colorado Avalanche
tasted victory in Vancouver, but they have a chance to end that drought on
Wednesday when they visit the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
Colorado has lost six in a row in British Columbia since a shootout win over
the Canucks on April 6, 2010. The Avalanche have lost seven straight and 15 of
the last 17 overall games in this series.
The teams met six times in 2011-12 and Vancouver outscored the Avs by a 19-5
Both the Canucks and Avalanche enter Wednesday's Northwest Division battle on
two-game losing streaks. Colorado has scored only one goal over the two-game
drought, dropping games in San Jose and Edmonton by a combined 8-1 score.
Colorado has lost consecutive games at the start of a four-game road trip and
the Avs are 0-3-0 as the guest this season. The most recent setback came in
Monday's loss to the Oilers, who victimized Colorado for four power-play goals
in a 4-1 decision.
"We want to play hard between the whistles, we want to be hard in the
trenches, but we have to stay out of the box," said Colorado head coach Joe
PA Parenteau scored the lone goal for the Avalanche, who got 23 saves from
Colorado has been outscored 12-3 in dropping all three road games this season.
The penalty kill has been especially dreadful on the road, surrendering nine
goals on 19 of its opponent's power-play opportunities.
Also, team captain Gabriel Landeskog missed the first game of his career
Monday due to head and leg injuries. The reigning Calder Trophy winner was
hurt Saturday when he absorbed a check by Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart in
Colorado's 4-0 setback at San Jose. As of yet, there is no timetable for
the Swedish forward's return to game action.
Colorado will complete its road trip Thursday night in Calgary.
After losing in San Jose on Sunday, the Canucks were handed a shootout loss
the following night in Los Angeles. Jeff Carter's third-round shootout goal
lifted the Kings to the 3-2 victory in a rematch of a 2012 playoff series.
After the first four shooters missed, Carter switched to his backhand and
lifted a shot high over a sprawling Roberto Luongo. Zack Kassian had a chance
to send the shootout to a fourth round, but his backhand attempt missed the
net and the Kings escaped with the victory.
Vancouver led the game 2-0 at one point, but the Kings clawed their way back
and eventually tied the game on Slava Voynov's marker with 44 seconds left in
Kassian and Alexandre Burrows each scored once to stake Vancouver to the early
lead. Luongo allowed two goals on 28 shots for the Canucks, who entered last
year's postseason as the top seed before being bounced in the first round by
the eventual champion Kings in five games.
"Roberto gave us a chance," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "We emptied
the tank tonight. When you get the effort that we had tonight, you think you
The Canucks have gone 0-for-10 on the power play over the last two games, but
Colorado seems like the perfect opponent to help them reverse that trend.
01/30 10:39:59 ET