NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 3rd (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (17-24-10-2) at Colorado Avalanche (29-11-9-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes have their work cut out for them tonight when they travel to the Pepsi Center to battle the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche lead the NHL with 70 points and have just one regulation loss in their last 17 games (12-1-2-2).
However, Colorado was dealt a 4-3 overtime loss in Anaheim on Friday evening. Sergei Fedorov tallied the tying-goal with just 46 seconds left in regulation and Niclas Havelid posted the game-winner 3:39 into overtime to lift Anaheim and spoil Paul Kariya's return to the Pond.
Kariya, who recorded two assists in the loss, signed with Colorado as a free agent in the offseason after spending the first nine years of his career with the Ducks.
Joe Sakic registered a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who fell for the first time in seven games (4-0-2-1). Colorado has still earned a point in its last 13 road games (7-0-4-2).
David Aebischer stopped 20 shots for Colorado, while his counterpart, Martin Gerber made 29 saves for Anaheim.
Colorado hosts the Red Wings on Thursday night in its final game before the All-Star break.
The Hurricanes' most recent game was Saturday's 4-4 tie in Detroit. Tomas Holmstrom tallied two third-period goals to bring the Red Wings back at Joe Louis Arena.
Radim Vrbata and Sean Hill each recorded a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes.
Kevin Weekes made 40 saves, but is still winless in his career against Detroit (0-6-1).
The Hurricanes will complete a three-game road trip and finish up their pre- All-Star slate in Anaheim on Wednesday.
The Avalanche are unbeaten in the last 12 meetings with the 'Canes (9-0-3) and are 3-0-2 in the preceding five matchups in Colorado (3-0-2).
02/03 10:08:52 ET