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Saturday, December 1st (All times eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (13-10-1) at Los Angeles Kings (10-13-1), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche hope to put their road woes behind them this evening when they close a brief two-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

Colorado enters tonight's contest with the worst road record in the NHL at 3-8-1. The Avalanche did not help their cause any on Friday, as they dropped a 3-2 decision in San Jose.

Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette each scored a goal while Peter Budaj made 26 saves for the Avalanche, who have dropped five of their last seven games. Colorado has also been outscored 26-14 in that span.

Joe Sakic also had an assist in the loss, leaving him six shy of 1,000 for his career.

The Kings have won two of their last three games and are coming off Wednesday's victory in San Jose. Dustin Brown netted the deciding shootout tally and added an assist in regulation, as LA edged the Sharks, 3-2, at HP Pavilion.

Anze Kopitar and Patrick O'Sullivan each lit the lamp in both regulation and the shootout for the Kings, who had dropped six of seven heading into Wednesday's contest. Jason LaBarbera made 34 saves in a winning effort.

LaBarbera is just 6-8-1 in 17 games this season, but has posted solid numbers otherwise. The 27-year-old has a .917 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average.

Los Angeles is playing five of its next six games at home, beginning with tonight's tilt. The Kings are 6-7-0 at the Staples Center this year and have dropped two straight and four of their last five on home ice.

The Kings have won three straight and six of the last eight meetings with the Avalanche. Colorado has also been defeated in its previous two stops at the Staples Center.

12/01 10:32:22 ET

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