Mighty Ducks-Avalanche Preview
GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (13-18-7-5) at Colorado Avalanche (23-10-7-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The surging Colorado Avalanche look to move into a tie for first place in
the Northwest Division as they try to keep the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on their
longest winless streak in more than a year.
The Avalanche are unbeaten in regulation in their last seven contests
(6-0-0-1), moving within two points of the first-place Vancouver Canucks in the
Northwest. Vancouver visits Phoenix on Tuesday.
Colorado concluded a three-game road trip on Sunday with a 5-4 overtime win
over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago took a 3-0 lead into the second period and a 4-2 advantage into the
third, but John-Michael Liles and Karlis Skrastins drew the Avs even with goals
in the final period before Alex Tanguay scored 3:42 into overtime.
Tanguay has three goals and an assist in his last two games, giving him nine
points in six contests this month.
"He's a great goal scorer," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "He can
pick a corner and he's got great hands around the net. A lot of times he'll
look for an extra pass, but fortunately I think he's feeling pretty good about
his shot right now."
Anaheim's struggles continued Sunday when it blew a one-goal lead with 5:23
left in the third period in settling for a 2-2 tie at home with the Columbus
The Ducks fell to 0-3-3 in their last six games for their longest winless
streak since an 0-6-1 skid from Dec. 26-Jan. 8 of last season.
"We have to look like a more desperate team every night," Anaheim coach
Mike Babcock said.