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Tonight: AVS @ JETS

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ABOUT THE AVS

  • After starting so hot that one feared for the ice, this young Avalanche team has cooled off in recent weeks. They won 13 of their first 15 tilts, but have taken just half of their 14 games since. Coach Patrick Roy was steaming after they dropped their second straight on Tuesday to the Phoenix Coyotes, their third loss in four games. That's left them clinging to eighth in the WesternConference, in danger of falling out of their playoff spot.
  • Colorado's penalty kill is ranked a mediocre 22nd in the NHL, at 80.9 per cent. The Jets' power play is the third-worst in the league, cashing in on just 11.3 per cent of their chances. Mash that together and you've got a chance for one team or the other to pad a hurting stat.
  • Scoring, lately, has been a problem. Paul Stastny hasn't banged in a goal or even fed an assist in seven games. Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly have also gone cold. Solid goaltending from Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Semyon Varlamov, who starts tonight, has kept them in games (the Avs have been outshot in 12 of their 20 wins), and wunderkind captain Gabe Landeskog has been solid all along, but the Avs need more from their slumping leaders.
  • The Avs are a little banged up right now. Forward Alex Tanguay is on the shelf with a hip injury, and blue-liners Jan Hejda and Ryan Wilson, who hasn't played since Nov. 6, aren't expected back on the bench for tonight's game. Their absence has put more pressure on blue-line guys such as Nate Guenin, Cory Sarich and Tyson Barrie, and at times they've looked to bend under the extra weight.

 

WINNIPEG JETS

31 Ondrej Pavelec

35 Al Montoya

 

2 Adam Pardy

5 Mark Stuart

7 Keaton Ellerby

8 Jacob Trouba

9 Evander Kane

12 Olli Jokinen

14 Anthony Peluso

15 Matt Halischuk

16 Andrew Ladd

17 James Wright

18 Bryan Little

22 Chris Thorburn

24 Grant Clitsome

26 Blake Wheeler

27 Eric Tangradi

33 Dustin Byfuglien

39 Toby Enstrom

40 Devin Setoguchi

44 Zach Bogosian

55 Mark Scheifele

67 Michael Frolik

70 John Albert

 

COLORADO AVALANCHE

1 Semyon Varlamov

35 Jean-Sebastien Giguere

 

2 Nick Holden

4 Tyson Barrie

5 Nate Guenin

6 Erik Johnson

7 John Mitchell

8 Jan Hejda

9 Matt Duchene

11 Jamie McGinn

15 PA Parenteau

16 Cory Carish

24 Marc-Andre Cliche

25 Maxime Talbot

26 Paul Stastny

29 Nathan MacKinnon

42 Brad Malone

55 Cody McLeod

58 Patrick Bordeleau

61 Andre Benoit

90 Ryan O'Reilly

92 Gabriel Landeskog

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 12, 2013 D2

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