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Avs Wrap Up Road Trip in Arizona

Colorado begins a back-to-back at the Coyotes

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche wraps up a three-game road trip on Friday night at the Arizona Coyotes. It's the first of three matchups between the clubs this season and the first of two for the Avs as the road team.

This trip ends a stretch that has the Avalanche playing 14-of-20 games on the road from Oct. 9-Nov. 23. Colorado has picked up points in its last five contests, going 4-0-1.

Last Time Out

The Avalanche scored a season-high seven goals en route to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night at Staples Center. All seven goals were scored by a different player, while Vladislav Kamenev registered the first multi-point game of his career and Alexander Kerfoot recorded a career-high three assists. Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves to earn his 200th career win, becoming the fifth Russian goaltender to reach the 200-win milestone.

Arizona is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at home on Wednesday. Derek Stepan scored both goals for the Coyotes, who trailed 2-1 entering the third period before Stepan's second tally midway through the frame forced overtime. Arizona finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while holding Vegas scoreless on two opportunities with the man advantage.

Last Time They Met

The Avs and Coyotes last met on March 10, 2018, a 5-2 win for Colorado. Both clubs combined to score four goals in the opening 4:22 of the first period. Mikko Rantanen led the Avalanche with three points (one goal, two assists), while Tyson Barrie, Blake Comeau, Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg each had multi-point outings.

What to Watch

Power Play

Colorado finished 3-for-4 on the power play against the Kings on Wednesday night and is now 9-for-13 (69.2 percent) with the man advantage in its last five games. The Avalanche has the league's top-ranked power-play unit in November, having gone 12-for-24 (50.0 percent) this month. The Avs' power-play unit is 23-for-70 (32.9 percent) this season, which also ranks first in the NHL.

Back-to-Back

Friday's game is the first half of a back-to-back set for the Avalanche, its third of 11 such instances in 2018-19. The team hosts the Dallas Stars on Saturday at Pepsi Center. Colorado is 1-1-0 on the first night of a back-to-back and 0-1-1 in the second game.  

Offense

Wednesday's seven-goal outing marked the fifth time this season the Avalanche has scored six or more goals, tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the most games with six or more tallies this year. The Avs' 78 markers in 2018-19 rank third in the NHL, while their 3.71 goals-per-game average ranks second.

Players to Watch

Colorado: Defenseman Tyson Barrie

With two points (goal and assist) on Wednesday, Tyson Barrie passed Rob Blake (62) for third place all-time in goals and Adam Foote (203) for second in assists for defensemen in Avs/Nordiques history. He enters Friday's game riding a six-game assist streak (2g/6a), the longest such streak of his career, and is tied for fourth among all NHL D-men in assists (17) and tied for sixth in points (19).

Arizona: Center Derek Stepan

Stepan picked up his first multi-goal game of the season on Wednesday night and now has 147 career goals, moving past Adam Henrique for the fourth-most among players picked in the 2008 NHL Draft. He has tallied 10 points (6g, 4a) in 13 career games against the Avs.

The Details

Friday's game between the Avalanche and Coyotes begins at 6 p.m. MT, and it can be watched on Altitude 2 or streamed on select devices with the Altitude Now app (in market) or NHL.tv (out of market). The radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio FM 92.5 in the Denver area or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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