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Friday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche(29-11-9-2)at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim(22-14-11-4),10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Paul Kariya makes his return to Anaheim tonight, as his Colorado Avalanche head into the Pond to battle the Mighty Ducks.

Kariya signed with Colorado as a free agent in the offseason after spending the first nine years of his career with the Ducks. He holds franchise records in nearly all offensive categories for Anaheim.

Colorado will attempt to push its unbeaten streak to seven games tonight after skating to a 3-3 tie with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay each posted a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who moved to 4-0-2 in their last six contests. Travis Brigley added a goal for Colorado, which is now 12-1-2-1 in its last 16 overall.

David Aebischer allowed three goals on 31 shots for Colorado, which has earned a point in the last 12 road games (7-0-4-1).

Peter Forsberg added an assist to record a point in his 11th straight game. He has nine goals and 13 helpers during that stretch.

The Mighty Ducks, meanwhile, were dealt a 4-3 setback by the Kings on Wednesday night. Joseph Corvo scored 2:37 into overtime to give LA the win at the Pond.

Steve Rucchin, who had just one goal in his last 29 contests heading in, netted two goals for the Ducks, losers of back-to-back games. Ruslan Salei scored the other for Anaheim while Martin Gerber stopped 26 shots in net.

Gerber lost for the first time in 11 decisions at the Pond (7-1-3).

The Mighty Ducks, 9-7-6-3 at home this season, end a brief two-game stand tonight.

Colorado is 10-4-3 in the last 17 meetings with the Ducks and is 8-2-2 in the previous 12 matchups in Anaheim.

01/30 10:26:25 ET


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