Colorado Avalanche (35-14-5) at New Jersey Devils (23-21-12), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The rolling Colorado Avalanche will aim for a fourth
straight victory when they visit the New Jersey Devils in Monday's battle at
The Avalanche, who are running third in the Central Division and are 12 points
clear of the eighth seed in the Western Conference, won their third straight
game on Saturday, slamming the visiting Buffalo Sabres by a 7-1 score. It was
the 12th win in the past 16 games (12-3-1) for Colorado, which has registered
16 total goals during its current three-game tear.
Jamie McGinn led the way in Saturday's rout at Pepsi Center with two goals and
one assist. Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and two helpers, Gabriel Landeskog
tallied twice and Erik Johnson chipped in with three assists for the
Avalanche, who recorded a season-high in goals.
Tyson Barrie and Marc-Andre Cliche also produced offense to back a 27-save
effort by Semyon Varlamov.
"We gave our best in the first two periods. This is a good complete game. It
was good to finish them off early and not let them back in," MacKinnon
MacKinnon, the top overall pick of last summer's draft, has recorded a goal in
three straight games and has 20 markers and 20 assists in 54 games during his
first NHL campaign. He leads all rookies in goals and points.
Colorado is kicking off a four-game road trip on Monday, as the Avs play their
final four games before the Olympic break away from Denver. Patrick Roy's club
has a strong 16-7-2 record as the guest this season.
The Devils, who are two points out of a playoff berth in the East, have lost
three of their last four games and recently went 1-1-1 on a three-game road
New Jersey opened the swing with a 3-0 loss in St. Louis before beating Dallas
in overtime on Thursday. A day after notching the 3-2 win in Big D, however,
the Devils lost a 3-2 OT decision in Nashville. Predators star defenseman Shea
Weber scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner 1:29 into the extra
session, to lift Nashville to Friday's win.
Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey,
while Cory Schneider finished with 30 saves in the loss.
"It's tough, two nights in a row, giving up a lead in the last minute," said
Schneider in referencing Thursday's 3-2 overtime win at Dallas, during which
the Stars tied the game with 51.5 seconds in regulation. "We should've had an
extra point tonight again."
Schneider expects to start again on Monday and he is 6-1-2 with a 1.54 goals
against average in his career against the Avs. With Colorado playing tomorrow
night against the New York Rangers, Jean-Sebastien Giguere may get the start
for the Avs on Monday. Giguere hasn't started a game since Jan. 6 and he
hasn't earned a win since Dec. 6 in Calgary.
Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov left Friday's game with a lower-body injury
and he missed practice on Sunday. The veteran blueliner is questionable for
The Avalanche notched a 2-1 shootout win over a visiting New Jersey team on
Jan. 16, giving Colorado four wins in the last five meetings between the
clubs. The Devils have won two of three and three of the past five encounters
in the Garden State.
02/03 10:57:56 ET
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