The Colorado Avalanche returns from a two-game road trip to host the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Center. It's the third and final meeting between the clubs in 2017-18 and the second to be played in Denver.
The teams split the first two matchups with each team winning on the road. Colorado is 43-28-10 all-time against the Arizona franchise, including a 21-13-6 record on home ice in the series.
Last Time Out
After surrendering a 2-0 lead against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night, the Avalanche rallied to tie the game at four and force overtime, but Seth Jones scored less than a minute into the extra frame to give Columbus the win. Carl Soderberg scored twice, including the game-tying goal late in regulation, to lead the Avs, while Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie also registered goals for Colorado.
Arizona last played on Wednesday night, beating the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. The Coyotes limited the Canucks to just 17 shots on goal in the effort. Clayton Keller scored and tallied the assist on the game-winning marker at 19:02 of the third period. The Coyotes were 1-for-3 on the power play and are now 7-2-1 in their last 10 outings.
Last Time They Met
Arizona won the last meeting, 3-1 at Pepsi Center, on Dec. 27. It was the last loss before Colorado strung together 10 consecutive victories through Jan. 22. Antti Raanta made 25 saves, and Alex Goligoski notched what stood as the game-winning goal. Lawson Crouse scored late in the third to seal the win. Mikko Rantanen notched the lone goal for the Avs, who were scoreless on two power-play opportunities.
What to Watch
Colorado has fallen in overtime in each of its last three contests, the first time since April 7 to 11, 2009 that the Avs have dropped three consecutive games in extra time. It's the first time in franchise history that Colorado has fallen three straight times in the extra stanza, as two of those 2009 contests were shootout losses. The Avalanche is 7-7-1 in overtime this season, including a 3-2-0 mark at home and 3-1-0 at Pepsi Center, as one of the "home" OT losses was at the 2017 SAP Global Series games in Stockholm.
Good Day Sunshine
Saturday's contest is the 10th of 12 afternoon games for the Avalanche this season, and the second of four that will be played at Pepsi Center this month. Colorado's seven total home afternoon games in 2017-18 equals the most in Avalanche history (1998-99 and 2002-03). The Avs are 3-4-1 in day games and 2-1-0 at home.
Player to Watch
Colorado: Center Carl Soderberg
Soderberg notched two goals in Colorado's overtime loss on Thursday night, his third multi-goal game of the season. He has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last five outings, and his 14 goals on the season are his most since he registered a career-high 16 during his rookie campaign with the Boston Bruins in 2013-14.
Arizona: Center Derek Stepan
Stepan has registered a point in 10 of his last 14 games, including the game-winning tally in the Coyotes' win on Wednesday night. He's totaled 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) this season, which ranks second on the team.
Saturday's game against the Coyotes begins at 1 p.m. and tickets are still available. The contest can be watched live on Altitude TV, while the radio broadcast is available on Altitude Sports Radio AM 950 or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.
Saturday's contest is also the Avs' annual Military Appreciation game and part of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment's Military Appreciation Weekend, as KSE will recognize and thank military for their service to our country. Through various military-focused organizations, KSE has donated nearly 5,000 game tickets to military and their families to enjoy games this weekend, which includes the Colorado Mammoth vs. Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday night and the Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings on Sunday. Fans who purchase tickets online will have an option to donate $10 and a ticket to a member of the military upon checkout.