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Monday, December 8th (All times eastern)

Washington Capitals (8-17-1-1) at Colorado Avalanche (15-7-3-1), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche attempt to stretch their unbeaten streak to six games tonight when they welcome the lowly Washington Capitals to the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche were coming off a 5-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Joe Sakic scored a goal and had three assists for Colorado.

Teemu Selanne, Milan Hejduk, Derek Morris, and Andrei Nikolishin each added goals to help Colorado improve to 3-0-2 in the last five. Philippe Sauve stopped 35 shots for the Avalanche, who have recorded a point in 14 of their last 16 games (10-2-3-1).

Colorado has 34 points and is tied for first place in the Northwest Division with the Vancouver Canucks.

The Capitals were handed a 7-3 pounding by the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night in the fourth test of a five-game road trip. Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game, but its defense wound up allowing a season high in goals allowed.

Sergei Gonchar, Robert Lang and Joel Kwiatkowski scored for the Capitals, who have dropped two straight after winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Olaf Kolzig made just 25 saves on 31 shots to suffer the loss.

The Caps have a league-worst 17 losses this season and have compiled just 18 points. The only team with fewer points than Washington is Pittsburgh, which has 17.

Washington is unbeaten in the last four meetings (3-0-1) with the Avalanche and is 4-1-1 in the last six matchups.

The Capitals are also flawless in their last three trips (2-0-1) to Denver.

12/08 10:26:16 ET


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