NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 24th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (7-8-1) at Anaheim Ducks (12-2-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The well-rested Anaheim Ducks will attempt to extend their
longest winning streak of the season to six games when they host the Colorado
Avalanche in Sunday's battle at the Honda Center.
With wins in each of their past five games, the surprising Ducks are now
12-2-1 on the season and lead the Pacific Division by six points.
Anaheim improved to 9-1-0 in February after notching a 3-2 regulation win
Monday against visiting Columbus. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in the
victory, which upped Anaheim's home record this season to 5-1-0.
Peter Holland and Corey Perry also tallied for Anaheim, while Jonas Hiller
made 25 saves in the triumph.
"I thought I was working hard tonight," Hiller said. "I got the bounces and
everybody was sacrificing themselves. Even when we don't play our best game,
we still find a way."
Anaheim is on its first five-game winning streak since Jan. 13-22 of last year
and the club last won six in a row from Nov. 3-12, 2010.
The Ducks could get defenseman Cam Fowler back in the lineup on Sunday for the
first time since he suffered an upper-body injury on Feb. 2. Although Anaheim
never specified the nature of Fowler's injury it appeared to be a head or neck
issue that has caused him to miss the last eight games. Fowler was injured
after getting ridden head-first into the boards by Los Angeles forward Jarret
If Fowler doesn't return on Sunday he is expected to be back at the latest for
Monday's road game against Los Angeles.
Anaheim centerman Saku Koivu is questionable for Sunday's game after dealing
with flu-like symptoms during Anaheim's extended break from game action.
The Avalanche had won two straight before beginning a three-game road trip
Saturday with a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Quick stopped 23
shots, while Dustin Brown tallied in the first minute of regulation to help
the Kings breeze to victory at Staples Center.
"We had some costly turnovers. We didn't play well at all and we have to learn
to compete for a full 60 minutes," noted Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco.
Milan Hejduk posted the only goal for Colorado and Semyon Varlamov made 22
stops in defeat. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog returned to the lineup for
the first time since suffering a concussion on Jan. 26 and assisted on
The Avs, who will close their swing Tuesday in San Jose, are just 2-6-0 as the
visiting team this season.
The Ducks beat the Avalanche 3-0 back on Feb. 6 as Viktor Fasth stopped 31
shots for his first career shutout. Colorado has taken three of the last five
meetings in this series, but Anaheim has eight wins over the past 11
Colorado has dropped four of five and nine of 11 in Orange County.
02/24 11:01:51 ET