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Roy wants to see Avalanche get more pucks to net

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 4:24 PM

By Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Roy wants to see Avalanche get more pucks to net

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said a lack of confidence has been a major factor in the team's recent offensive woes. The Avalanche have scored 12 goals during a 2-3-1 slump heading into their game Monday against the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche have been held to one goal three times and to two goals once in the streak. Colorado also has failed to score a power-play goal in 10 consecutive games, going 0-for-26 in this stretch.

"Put pucks at the net, simple things, and bear down on our chances," Roy said after the morning skate. "Right now we don't shoot with the confidence we should. All I'm asking is put pucks at the net and traffic. They have one of the best goalies [Kari Lehtonen] in the League and we're going to have to be good around the net if we want to score goals."

The Stars' power play hasn't been much better, going 2-for-21 in the past four games.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff is hopeful center Colton Sceviour can give it a boost in his second game since being recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League. Sceviour had a goal on five shots Saturday in the Stars' 6-4 win against the Winnipeg Jets.

Sceviour, 24, had 18 goals (six power-play goals) and 12 assists in 26 games for Texas when he was called up Dec. 9.

"I thought he gave us a real good game," Ruff said. "He had shots on net, scored on a breakaway and he had a great power-play chance. He got to the puck, and in every situation where we needed him to get the puck to the net he did. And I thought he was responsible defensively."

The Avalanche won the first two games between the teams, 3-2 at home Oct. 15 and 3-2 in overtime Nov. 1 in Dallas. The Avalanche and Stars also play Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

Here are the projected lineups for the Stars and Avalanche:


Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Valeri Nichushkin

Erik Cole -- Cody Eakin -- Alex Chiasson

Ray Whitney -- Rich Peverley -- Ryan Garbutt

Antoine Roussel -- Shawn Horcoff -- Colton Sceviour

Alex Goligoski -- Brenden Dillon

Aaron Rome -- Sergei Gonchar

Kevin Connauton -- Jamie Oleksiak

Kari Lehtonen

Dan Ellis

Scratched: Jordie Benn, Dustin Jeffrey

Injured: Trevor Daley (lower body), Vernon Fiddler (upper body), Stephane Robidas (leg)


Ryan O'Reilly -- Matt Duchene -- Nathan MacKinnon

Gabriel Landeskog -- Paul Stastny -- PA Parenteau

Jamie McGinn -- John Mitchell -- Maxime Talbot

Cody McLeod -- Marc-Andre Cliche -- Patrick Bordeleau

Erik Johnson -- Jan Hejda

Andre Benoit -- Cory Sarich

Nate Guenin -- Tyson Barrie

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Scratched: Nick Holden, Brad Malone, Ryan Wilson

Injured: Alex Tanguay (knee, hip)

NOTES: Roy said Monday he has changed his mind and Wilson will not make the trip for the game Tuesday in Dallas as previously planned. Wilson was activated Saturday from injured reserve and has been practicing.

"After skating with me I feel that he is not ready," Roy said. "We will wait a couple more games maybe. I just want to make sure it's the right time."

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres