NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, December 17th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (18-13-1) at Los Angeles Kings (12-19-2), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will shoot for a third consecutive
victory tonight, when they visit the struggling Los Angeles Kings at the
The Avalanche are coming off a home-and-home sweep against Nashville and are
trying to win three straight games for the first time since a posting a
season-high four straight victories from October 23-November 1.
After defeating the Predators by a 2-1 count in Nashville on Thursday, the Avs
notched a 3-1 triumph in Saturday's return trip to Denver.
Marek Svatos scored the game-winning goal late in the second period and Ryan
Smyth added a pair of assists to help Colorado edge Nashville.
Paul Stastny and Jordan Leopold also scored for the Avalanche, winners in four
of their last five.
Peter Budaj made 31 stops and was credited with an assist in the victory.
Colorado captain Joe Sakic has missed the last eight games with a sore groin
and will sit out tonight's test as well. The 38-year-old Sakic had 22 points
(7 goals, 15 assists) in 24 games before suffering the injury.
Colorado, which is just 5-10-1 as the visiting team this season, will also
travel to Anaheim for Wednesday's test at the Honda Center.
The Kings, meanwhile, have dropped three straight and seven of their last nine
LA's latest setback came Saturday in a close tilt against the visiting Wild,
as Josh Harding made 35 saves to help Minnesota notch a 2-1 victory at Staples
Rob Blake scored and Jean-Sebastien Aubin turned aside 22 shots for the Kings,
who have just four wins in their last 17 contests (4-11-2).
Left wing Alexander Frolov returned to the lineup for Los Angeles after
missing 11 games with a groin injury. He managed just two shots, however, and
has only four tallies in 22 games after posting a career-high 35 last season.
The Kings, who are last in the NHL with just 26 points, are 8-10-1 on home ice
this season. However, LA has dropped six of its last eight games in the City
Colorado beat the Kings, 5-2, in the first meeting of the season at Staples
Center on December 1. However, LA has still won six of the last nine
encounters between the clubs.
12/17 10:39:31 ET