NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, March 25th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (36-31-6) at Colorado Avalanche (31-40-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The hard-charging Anaheim Ducks will try to improve their
playoff chances tonight in a road test with the Colorado Avalanche at the
The Ducks have won four straight games, their longest win streak since also
notching four victories in a row from November 22-30, and last night's 2-1
shootout win over Nashville allowed them to move into a tie with the Predators
for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Both clubs have 78 points, one back of seventh-seeded Edmonton. However, 10th-
seeded St. Louis is also just a point back of the Ducks and Predators, while
Minnesota is two points off the pace in a tight West.
The Ducks won a season-high five straight contests from October 21-29.
Drew Miller scored Anaheim's lone regulation goal Tuesday in Nashville, while
Teemu Selanne won it in the fourth round of the shootout with a backhander.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who ended with 31 saves, then stopped Radek Bonk's
backhand bid to seal the win.
The Ducks, who have won five of their last seven on the road and are 18-15-3
as the guest, have found their offense over this winning streak, notching 15
goals in their last four games.
They will try to keep that going against the Avalanche tonight. Anaheim has
won both of its meetings with Colorado this year, netting eight goals in that
span, and has also won six of the last seven meetings. However, the Ducks have
lost seven of their last nine trips to the Mile High City.
Selanne has three goals in the two contests this year, including the game-
winner in a 4-3 victory on January 31, and has posted 26 goals and 55 points
in 51 career games versus the Colorado franchise.
The Avs, meanwhile, have lost four straight and 11 of their last 14 contests.
They are lost in the West with 64 points and are coming off Sunday's 3-1
setback to San Jose.
Scott Hannan tallied for the Avalanche and Andrew Raycroft allowed two goals
on 27 shots in defeat.
Colorado played without Paul Stastny for a second straight game thanks to a
bruised foot. Stastny has been held to just 45 games this year due to injury
and has posted 11 goals and 25 assists.
The Avalanche have lost three of their last four as the host and are 18-17-0
at the Pepsi Center this year. They will also host Vancouver on Friday.
03/25 10:52:34 ET