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Friday, March 12th (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (36-17-12-5) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-29-16-5), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche go for their third straight victory tonight when they visit the lowly Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena in the opener of a home-and-home series.

On Wednesday, Adam Foote scored his second goal of the game on a power play in overtime, lifting the Avalanche to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Foote also scored a power-play goal in the second period and Joe Sakic added a first-period tally for Colorado.

The Avalanche played for the first time since Monday's 9-2 win over Vancouver, during which Steven Moore suffered a broken neck, a concussion and deep cuts on his face from a cheap shot by Todd Bertuzzi. On Thursday, the NHL suspended Bertuzzi for the rest of the regular season plus the entire 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

David Aebischer made 27 saves for Colorado, which remained in first place in the Northwest Division. The Avs are also three points behind Detroit for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Tommy Salo was Aebischer's backup on Wednesday. Salo was dealt from Edmonton to Colorado prior to Tuesday's trade deadline and received an ovation from the crowd while leaving the ice following the contest.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes dropped a 3-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night in the back end of a home-and-home at Glendale Arena.

Mike Comrie recorded a goal for the second consecutive game for Phoenix, which remained winless in 10 straight (0-6-2-2).

Brian Boucher started between the pipes and allowed three goals on 21 shots in the setback. Boucher is 3-14-4 since posting an NHL-record five consecutive shutouts in December and January.

Phoenix is 0-5-1-2 since interim coach Rick Bowness replaced Bobby Francis on February 24.

The Coyotes halted a five-game series winless streak on November 13. Colorado is also 1-3-1 in its last five in Phoenix.

03/12 11:09:24 ET


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