NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 12th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (14-2-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (6-7-4), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The powerful Colorado Avalanche will try to stay perfect
on the road when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes for Tuesday's battle at
The Avalanche are off to a 14-2-0 start to the season, winning 14 of their
first 16 games for the first time in franchise history.
The historic start includes a franchise record-tying six-game road winning
streak to begin a season and Colorado can match the club mark for longest road
winning streak at any point in a season with another victory on Tuesday. The
Avs won seven straight as the guest from Jan. 10-Feb. 7, 1999.
Colorado, however, has lost in its last three trips to Raleigh, although
tonight's test is the Avs' first stop in North Carolina since Dec. 3, 2010,
when the Hurricanes recorded a 2-1 overtime victory.
The Avs have claimed two straight in this series overall and are 3-1-1 over
the past five encounters against Carolina.
Colorado recently wrapped a 3-1-0 homestand with Sunday's 4-1 triumph against
the Washington Capitals. Gabriel Landeskog registered a goal and an assist to
help the Avalanche win for the eighth time in nine games.
Nick Holden notched his first career goal, while PA Parenteau and Patrick
Bordeleau also lit the lamp for the Avalanche. Semyon Varlamov, who spent his
first three seasons with Washington, turned aside 33 shots in the triumph.
"It was great, especially against my old team," said Varlamov, who played for
the Capitals from 2008-11. "It's always tough to play against Washington. They
have so many good players."
Colorado is kicking off a brief two-game swing tonight and also will visit St.
Louis on Thursday.
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are playing the fourth portion of a five-game
homestand on Tuesday and are 2-0-1 on the residency so far. The lone loss came
in Carolina's last outing, as visiting Minnesota recorded a 3-2 shootout win
at PNC Arena.
Ryan Murphy and Jiri Tlusty scored in regulation for Carolina, while Justin
Peters allowed two goals on 30 shots in the setback.
"We played a really solid game, I thought, from start to finish. It was a lot
of fun to be apart of out there. I just wish I could have gotten one of those
shootout goals to give us a chance," said Peters.
The loss dropped Carolina's home record to 3-3-4 this season. The 'Canes are
set to complete this homestand in Friday's test against the Anaheim Ducks.
Although No. 1 goaltender Cam Ward recently returned to practice, he is still
not ready to suit up for game action, meaning Peters will get an eighth
straight start in net on Tuesday. Ward has been sidelined with a lower-body
injury since Oct. 24.
Peters lost his first five decisions this season, but is 2-0-1 with a .963
save percentage over his last three outings.
11/12 10:59:44 ET