NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, December 2nd
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (12-11-2) at Vancouver Canucks (12-13-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams in the tightly-packed Northwest Division tangle
tonight when the Vancouver Canucks welcome the Colorado Avalanche to GM Place.
The Northwest is currently led by Edmonton with 28 points, but only three
points separate the Oilers and last-place Vancouver. Colorado is tied for
third with 26 points.
Vancouver has lost three of its last four games, including Thursday's 2-1 loss
to visiting Anaheim. Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal in the third period lifted
Alexander Edler scored the lone goal for Vancouver, while Roberto Luongo
allowed two goals on 30 shots in the losing effort, but it was his critical
mistake that led to the game-winning goal.
With the contest tied 1-1 in the third period, Luongo attempted to clear the
puck but ended up sailing it over the glass for a two-minute delay of game
minor. The Ducks scored on the ensuing power play.
The Canucks will host Edmonton on Monday.
Colorado, meanwhile, has won three of its last four games. On Thursday, Tyler
Arnason tallied two goals and added an assist, and Marek Svatos also scored
two goals as the Avalanche buried the Edmonton Oilers, 7-3, at Rexall Place.
John Michael Liles had a three-point night for Colorado, netting a goal and
two assists, while Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche.
Joe Sakic added two assists and Peter Budaj stopped 21-of-24 shots between the
The Avs will host Columbus on Tuesday
Colorado has won the first three meetings with Vancouver this season and has
taken seven of the last 10 clashes overall.
12/02 11:29:15 ET