DUCKS (37-19-9) at AVALANCHE (34-30-4)
TV: 10 p.m. ET; KCOP-13, ALT, NHL.TV
DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin isn't surprised the Anaheim Ducks have climbed their way into first place in the Pacific Division after a slow start. He spent the previous five seasons with the Ducks and will play against them for the second time Wednesday at Pepsi Center.
"I think everybody was surprised by the way they started," said Beauchemin, who signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract as a free agent with the Avalanche on July 1. "They had to come back at some point, and since the Christmas break they've been the hottest team in the League. They have depth from top to bottom in their lineup, so this will be a good challenge for us."