NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 1st
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (10-2-2) at Vancouver Canucks (7-7-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to rebound from a rare
regulation loss when they visit the Vancouver Canucks for tonight's battle at
General Motors Place between a pair of Northwest Division rivals.
The Avalanche, who lead the Northwest with 22 points, had a four-game winning
streak halted in Friday's road loss against San Jose and were unable to record
a point for the first time since the third game of the season.
Colorado was dealt a 3-1 loss by the Sharks, giving the Avs their first
regulation loss since October 8 in Nashville. The Avalanche had gone 8-0-2
during a 10-game point streak since that 3-2 setback against the Predators.
Highly touted rookie Matt Duchene's short-handed goal accounted for all of
Colorado's scoring against the Sharks. Craig Anderson, who has started all 14
games this season, finished with 43 saves in defeat.
"(Anderson) gave us a chance to win in a game where, quite frankly, we
probably shouldn't have been in it," said Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco.
Anderson is expected to get another start tonight and will once again be
backed up by Peter Budaj, who is back with the team after battling a case of
the swine flu.
Colorado forward T.J. Galiardi will miss the next four-to-six weeks with an
ankle injury. Galiardi, who has one goal and five assists on the year,
suffered the injury in Wednesday's win over Calgary.
Tonight marks the finale of a four-game road trip for the Avs, who are 6-2-2
as the guest this season. Colorado will return home next for a three-game
homestand, which will begin Thursday against Phoenix.
The Canucks, meanwhile, have lost two of their last three games and were blown
out Friday evening in Anaheim. Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan each had two goals
and an assist, as the Ducks snapped a four-game slide with a 7-2 win over
Andrew Raycroft got the start in net for Vancouver and let in four goals on 22
shots over the first two periods. Cory Schneider allowed three tallies on 12
shots the rest of the way for the Canucks.
Raycroft, who played in 31 games with Colorado last season, is expected to get
the start again tonight. Raycroft is considered to be the club's starter in
the absence of No. 1 netminder Roberto Luongo, who is out with broken ribs.
Steve Bernier and Mason Raymond scored the goals for Vancouver in Friday's
The Canucks were 1-for-4 on the power play against Anaheim and allowed the
Ducks to go 2-for-2 on the man advantage. Anaheim also recorded a short-
handed tally in what was a poor special teams' display by Vancouver.
"What really hurt us tonight was our power play," Canucks head coach Alain
Vigneault said. "After being really good on our first opportunity, the
momentum shifted when they scored the short-handed goal. And their power play
after that just finished us off. We didn't seem to have enough to battle
The Canucks are 5-2-0 as the host this year and are playing the first of two
straight at GM Place tonight. Vancouver will also host the New York Rangers on
Tuesday before heading out on a five-game road trip.
Vancouver was dealt a 3-0 loss by the Avs when the teams met in Denver on
October 3. Colorado has taken 10 of the last 13 meetings overall and has won
five of six and seven of its last nine in British Columbia.
11/01 10:40:36 ET