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Avs Look Toward Vancouver

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

In hopes of creating an offensive spark, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy mixed up his lines before the team’s game on Saturday, which helped forward Mikhail Grigorenko find the back of the net for the fourth time this season.

“I have been playing pretty good the last couple games, so it’s focusing on playing the same way and moving my feet and winning those battles,” said the young Russian. “I just need to be consistent and be ready for every game for every shift and every opportunity.”

The Avs currently possess the second wild card spot in the competitive race for a playoff position in the Western Conference with 58 points.

The team faces the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in its fourth contest since the All-Star Break, and Grigorenko is focused on earning the club two points.

“They are battling for a playoff spot and they are in our conference, so it’s going to be a big game for us,” said the 6-foot-3 forward. “Right now it doesn’t matter who we play against, we need to get two points. Whether we play against a top team or a bottom team, we need to get two points.”

After practice on Monday, defenseman Francois Beauchemin was asked what the team needs to do to get back into its winning ways.

“By being first to the puck in the d-zone, by being stronger physically and winning the one-on-one battles and getting pucks out of our zone,” said the veteran. “By doing that, we will have more offensive zone time, and we will create more offensively than we have the last three or four games.

“We’ve just got to be stronger mentally and make sure we are more sharp and one goal doesn’t let us change the way we play and get back to where we were a couple weeks ago before the All-Star Break.”

The Avs finish a four-game homestand on Tuesday as they take on the Canucks at 7 p.m.

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