NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 1st
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (42-31-7) at Vancouver Canucks (39-30-10), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to clinch a playoff spot
tonight in a road test against the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.
Colorado currently sits sixth overall in the Western Conference with 91
points, four up on ninth-seeded Nashville. However, a victory tonight by the
Avalanche, or a point and a regulation loss by Nashville, will secure their
11th trip to the postseason in 12 seasons since relocating to Denver.
The Predators play in St. Louis this evening.
The Avs are also just two points back of Dallas for the fifth spot in the
West, and a point up on seventh-seeded Calgary. Both of those teams have a
game in hand over Colorado, with the Flames in action tonight.
Colorado had a three-game winning streak ended last time out, though it did
get a point in Sunday's 3-2 overtime setback to the Minnesota Wild. Jeff
Finger registered a goal and an assist and Ruslan Salei also scored for the
Avalanche. Wojtek Wolski collected two assists, while Jose Theodore allowed
three goals on 20 shots in defeat.
Peter Forsberg did not play due to a sore groin and is questionable for
tonight. He has played in just seven games since signing with the club on
February 25, posting nine assists without a goal.
Colorado has lost four in a row on the road and plays its last game of the
regular season outside of Denver tonight. The Avs are 16-19-5 as the visiting
club this year and wrap their season with a home test versus the Wild on
The Canucks are holding onto the eighth seed in the West, a point up on
Nashville with three games to play. Vancouver is also two points back of the
seventh-seeded Flames, who play in Edmonton tonight.
The Canucks halted a four-game skid on Sunday, posting a 6-2 win over Calgary
to get back into the playoff picture. Trevor Linden scored a pair of goals and
Roberto Luongo made 27 saves in the victory.
Sami Salo, Markus Naslund, Matt Pettinger and Brad Isbister also scored for
Vancouver. Kevin Bieksa had three assists, while Henrik Sedin donated two
Vancouver's win came in the opener of a season-ending four-game homestand that
also features visits by Edmonton and again Calgary. The Canucks have won four
of their last five as the host and are 21-12-5 at home this year.
After losing its first two against Vancouver, Colorado has ripped off five
straight in the series that wraps tonight. The Avs have won 10 of their last
15 against the Canucks overall and two straight in Vancouver.
04/01 10:41:34 ET