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Saturday, January 16th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (32-12-1) at Colorado Avalanche (26-15-6), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will aim for a third straight win when they welcome the New Jersey Devils for an interconference showdown this afternoon at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche ended a two-game slide by winning their last two games in shootouts. They recorded a 4-3 victory in Buffalo last Saturday and then ended a three-game road trip with Monday's victory over Calgary.

Colorado is kicking off a five-game homestand today and is 11-6-2 as the host this season.

Chris Stewart tied the game in the second period and scored the decisive goal in the shootout, leading the Avalanche to the 3-2 victory over the Flames. Stewart suffered a foot injury in practice this week, but X-rays taken were negative and he is probable for today's test.

Colorado comes into today with 58 points and is tied with Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division. Monday's win improved the Avs to 4-0 against the rival Flames this year.

Craig Anderson was stellar between the pipes, making 44 saves through regulation and overtime for Colorado.

"We can't say enough about our goalie," said Colorado head coach Joe Sacco. "He played very well, especially on their power plays.

Paul Stastny added a power-play goal for the Avs, giving him his first goal since December 22.

Meanwhile, the Devils, who lead the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with 65 points, have lost two of their last three contests.

New Jersey began a four-game road trip on Tuesday with a 1-0 shootout win over the New York Rangers, but the Devils were then dealt a regulation loss Thursday in Phoenix. Daniel Winnik and Zbynek Michalek scored 1:16 apart in the third period to lift the Coyotes to the 4-3 decision.

Brian Rolston scored twice and Travis Zajac also lit the lamp for New Jersey, which is 6-4-0 over its last 10 games. Martin Brodeur stopped 15 shots in defeat.

"We had some good opportunities to get back into it, but too little, too late," Rolston said. "I thought we played a strong game tonight."

The Devils, who had a three-game road winning streak halted by Phoenix, have an excellent 16-5-1 record as the guest this year. Jersey will close out the road trip Monday against the New York Islanders.

Today's game marks the lone scheduled meeting between the Avs and Devils this year. New Jersey notched a 4-0 home win last year and has won three out of five in the series, going 3-0-1 with a tie in that span. The Devils earned a 4-2 victory the last time the clubs met in Denver on March 15, 2008.

01/16 10:29:36 ET

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