NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, March 8th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (34-17-12-5) at Vancouver Canucks (36-20-8-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A battle for first place in the Northwest Division is on
tap this evening in British Columbia, as the Vancouver Canucks host the
Colorado Avalanche at GM Place.
The Avalanche have 85 points and hold a one-point edge over Vancouver for
first place in the division. Colorado is second in the Western Conference,
while the Canucks are fourth in the postseason race.
Colorado will try to rebound from Sunday's 7-1 pounding by the Calgary Flames.
Oleg Saprykin scored a pair of goals to lead the Flames at the Pepsi Center.
Milan Hejduk tallied the lone goal for Colorado. Philippe Sauve surrendered
seven goals on 33 shots for the Avalanche, who fell to 2-6-2-1 in their last
It was the worst regular-season loss for Colorado since a 7-0 defeat at
Phoenix on November 26, 1999. It also marked the worst home setback for the
Avalanche since a 7-1 loss to Boston on April 6, 1993, when the franchise was
based in Quebec.
The Avalanche, who are 8-1-2-2 in their last 13 road games, begin a three-game
swing tonight and will head to Edmonton on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Canucks are coming off a shutout victory over the Columbus Blue
Jackets. Johan Hedberg stopped 32 shots for his third shutout of the season
and Markus Naslund notched a goal and an assist, as Vancouver pounded the Blue
Jackets, 4-0, at Nationwide Arena.
Mattias Ohlund, Matt Cooke and Tyler Bouck each scored for Vancouver, which
won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1). Todd Bertuzzi added two assists
for the Canucks.
The Canucks, who have won three straight and six of their last nine games,
will host the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
This is the final meeting of the year between these teams and Vancouver leads
the season series, 2-1-2. The Canucks have lost only twice in the last nine
meetings with Colorado (5-2-2), but are winless in the previous two matchups
at GM Place (0-1-1).
03/08 10:22:52 ET