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Colorado seeks to gain in wild-card race; Silfverberg can extend point streak to eight for Anaheim

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (28-35-9) at AVALANCHE (30-28-12)

9 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Colorado Avalanche will try to gain ground in the Stanley Cup Playoff race when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center on Friday.

The Avalanche are five points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. They have lost two of their past three games via shutout and are 2-4-0 in their past six games after going 5-0-1 in their previous six.

The Ducks are 4-3-0 in their past seven games following a five-game losing streak and lost 6-1 to the Coyotes on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has nine points (five goals, four assists) in an NHL career-high seven-game point streak.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games.

 

They said it

"We're competitive people so we want to make sure we're playing as well as we can no matter what time of year and no matter what kind of circumstances." -- Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler

"Our start's going to be key tonight. We have to get on the balls of our feet, we have to get on our toes, we have to get skating and make our speed a factor. No better time than to get after a team than tonight." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

 

Ducks projected lineup

Corey Perry -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Rickard Rakell -- Devin Shore -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Max Jones -- Carter Rowney -- Derek Grant

Jacob Larsson -- Cam Fowler

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Jaycob Megna -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Kalle Kossila, Andy Welinski

Injured: Brendan Guhle (upper body), Chad Johnson (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip)

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Derick Brassard -- Nathan MacKinnon -- J.T. Compher

Colin Wilson -- Carl Soderberg -- Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot -- Tyson Jost -- Matt Calvert

Gabriel Bourque -- Andrew Agozzino -- Sven Andrighetto

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Ian Cole -- Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov -- Patrik Nemeth

Semyon Varlamov

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Ryan Graves

Injured: Mark Barberio (leg), Vladislav Kamenev (shoulder), Gabriel Landeskog (upper body), Matt Nieto (leg)

 

Status report

The Ducks had an optional morning skate … Guhle and Kesler aren't on the road trip. … Kossila and Welinski were recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Friday.

 

Stat pack

Gibson is 6-2-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 10 games against Colorado … Rantanen has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games.

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