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GAME: Vancouver Canucks (31-18-7-3) at Colorado Avalanche (32-11-10-4).

TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.

The Vancouver Canucks need something to jump-start the second half of their season. A victory over the Colorado Avalanche would do the trick.

The Canucks look for their first win since the All-Star break as they visit the division-leading Avalanche.

Vancouver has gone 1-4-0-1 over its last six games to fall six points behind Colorado for first place in the Northwest Division.

The Canucks have struggled offensively, scoring just four goals in three consecutive losses since the All-Star break.

Matt Cooke and Daniel Sedin both had shots hit the post in the third period of a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday.

Johan Hedberg made 31 saves for Vancouver in place of starter Dan Cloutier, who sat out with flu-like symptoms.

The Canucks and Avalanche have been battling for the top spot in the division all season and are tied 1-1-1 in the season series.

Colorado is 2-0-1 to earn five points since the break.

David Aebischer made 28 saves to lift the Avalanche to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Alex Tanguay scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period off a rebound, and Joe Sakic had a power-play goal midway through the third to put Colorado ahead 4-2.

Aebischer is 25-11-7 this year with four shutouts. He started the season with 32 career victories.

"There is no one in the league playing better than David," Sakic said. "Goaltending is the least of our worries."

Colorado has lost just twice - both in overtime - in their last 12 games.

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