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Sunday, March 14th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (20-30-16-5) at Colorado Avalanche (37-17-12-5), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red hot Colorado Avalanche will shoot for their fourth consecutive win this afternoon, when they host the Phoenix Coyotes for the back end of the home-and-home set at the Pepsi Center.

Colorado, which leads the Northwest Division and trails Detroit by just one point for the Western Conference lead, is 4-1-1 in its last six games. The Avalanche continued their success Friday night, posting a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Matthew Barnaby had a goal and an assist to lead the Avalanche to the victory. Paul Kariya and Andrei Nikolishin also scored for Colorado. Adam Foote chipped in two assists in the win.

Joe Sakic posted an assist on Kariya's goal and is two points behind Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis for the league's scoring lead.

David Aebischer turned aside 23-of-25 shots for the Avalanche, who lead the Northwest Division by four points over Vancouver.

Colorado finished 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Coyotes failed on three opportunities with the extra skater.

The Avs lost left wing Alex Tanguay (knee) and Dan Hinote (shoulder) to injuries in the contest. It is unknown when the duo will be capable of returning to the ice.

Colorado has struggled in recent weeks at home, going just 1-5-3-1 in its last 10 tilts. For the year, the Avalanche are 17-13-5-1 at the Pepsi Center.

Mike Comrie and Krystofer Kolanos scored for Phoenix, which is winless in its last 11 games (0-7-2-2). Comrie has a goal in three straight games, while Kolanos has scored just once since November 1 against the Los Angeles Kings.

Brent Johnson made 27 saves in a losing effort. Johnson is 0-2-1 since joining the Coyotes via trade from St. Louis.

The Coyotes were without leading scorer Shane Doan, who sat out with a charley horse sustained in Wednesday's loss to Los Angeles. Doan will be a game-time decision for this contest.

Meanwhile, left winger Tyson Nash didn't make the trip because of injured ribs. Nash is expected to be sidelined until next weekend.

Phoenix is 0-6-1-2 since interim coach Rick Bowness replaced Bobby Francis on February 24. The Coyotes are 10 under-.500 for the first time since 1993-94, when they were still based in Winnipeg.

The Coyotes failed on three opportunities with the extra skater, while allowing Colorado to convert 2-of-6 tries with a man advantage.

Phoenix has lost seven straight road tilts. For the year, the Coyotes are 10-13-10-2 in foreign buildings.

Colorado has won two of three meetings with the Coyotes this season. The Avalanche are 8-3-2 in the last 13 meetings with Phoenix. Phoenix is winless (0-5-1) in its last six trips to Colorado.

03/14 10:07:25 ET


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