|3||COLORADO||+190||Ov 5.5,+110||+190||Ov 5.5,+120|
|4||CHICAGO||-230||Un 5.5,-130||-230||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-10-0||-7.6||2-10||-7.6||5-6||2.1||27.2||3.5||34.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.4||1-4||-3.4||2-3||2.4||28.4||3.0||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||21||51||13||19||17||2||3||614||8.3%||65||8||12.3%||88|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12||25||8||8||8||1||2||326||7.7%||34||5||14.7%||44|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||4||5||0||0||142||8.5%||15||1||6.7%||23|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||62||21||25||12||4||3||672||9.2%||90||20||22.2%||105|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||42||10||19||10||3||3||414||10.1%||50||17||34.0%||72|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||6||2||3||1||170||8.8%||22||6||27.3%||27|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||5||4||146||134||91.8%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)||5||4||146||134||91.8%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||117||90.7%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||17||17||524||477||91.0%||3||6-11||-5.7||6-11-0||-5||4-10|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||8||8||266||239||89.8%||1||0-8||-8.4||0-8-0||-8||2-5|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||112||90.3%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10-1-0||+8.4||10-1||+8.4||3-7||3.0||33.0||1.9||27.4|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||2-3||3.4||31.4||1.8||23.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||23||75||26||24||18||7||4||707||10.6%||88||15||17.0%||121|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11||33||11||13||5||4||1||363||9.1%||39||7||17.9%||57|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||7||2||5||3||1||157||10.8%||12||2||16.7%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||44||13||9||19||3||3||622||7.1%||80||9||11.2%||74|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||21||5||4||11||1||1||301||7.0%||40||7||17.5%||37|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||3||2||4||0||0||118||7.6%||13||2||15.4%||16|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||14||14||352||331||94.0%||1||11-3||+7.2||11-3-0||+7||3-11|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)||5||5||146||138||94.5%||1||4-1||+2.4||4-1-0||+2||1-4|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||90||86||95.6%||1||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-3|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||10||9||270||250||92.6%||0||9-0||+9||9-0-0||+9||4-4|
|RAY EMERY (Home Games)||6||6||155||143||92.3%||0||6-0||+6||6-0-0||+6||2-3|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||83||77||92.8%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.12, CHICAGO 3.16|
|2/11/2013||PHOENIX||2-3||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||P|
|2/14/2013||at MINNESOTA||4-3||W||0, +140||W||5 ev||O|
|2/16/2013||at EDMONTON||4-6||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||O|
|2/18/2013||NASHVILLE||6-5||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|2/20/2013||ST LOUIS||1-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ev||P|
|2/24/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/26/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||CALGARY||5-4||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/6/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/10/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/14/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/7/2013||at PHOENIX||6-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/10/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-0||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/15/2013||SAN JOSE||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/17/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/22/2013||SAN JOSE||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||COLUMBUS||1-0||W||0, -285||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/25/2013||EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -180||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||at ST LOUIS||3-0||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|3/1/2013||COLUMBUS||4-3||W||0, -270||W||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||at DETROIT||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|3/5/2013||MINNESOTA||5-3||W||0, -180||W||5 un||O|
|3/8/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|3/14/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/16/2013||at DALLAS|| |
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.
ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.
LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford
OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLORADO-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS game opens home-and-home series in third graf.)
*Avalanche-Blackhawks Preview* ==============================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Colorado (8-9-4) at Chicago (20-0-3), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Chicago Blackhawks are on the verge of becoming the second team in NHL history to go 30 straight games without losing in regulation.
A visit from the Colorado Avalanche seems to be a superb chance to keep that string going.
The Blackhawks look to continue their dazzling run by capitalizing on a meeting with the sputtering Avalanche on Wednesday night in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Chicago (20-0-3) is by far the best team in the NHL, and it hasn't lost a game in regulation since a 6-1 home defeat to Nashville on March 25. The Blackhawks have managed at least one point in 29 games since, going 23-0-6.
The only other team in league history with a longer streak was the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers at 35 games before eventually reaching the Stanley Cup finals.
"It's a great time right now," right wing Marian Hossa said. "Everybody is hungry. We have a strong lineup and the guys are playing well."
Hossa helped extend the Blackhawks' streak Tuesday, scoring the last of four straight goals in a 5:43 span of the opening period en route to a 5-3 win over Minnesota.
"It doesn't feel like we're on a streak," said left wing Bryan Bickell, who scored twice in the first-period barrage as Chicago also set a team record with a 10th win in a row. "We're just business, come to the rink and we're going to do what we need to do."
The Blackhawks overturned a 1-0 deficit for the sixth time in eight games and are 10-0-3 when allowing the first goal.
Patrick Kane continues to be a force for the Blackhawks, leading the team with 12 goals and 27 points. The right wing has one goal in each of the last two games, and netted the decisive shootout attempt in Sunday's 2-1 victory at Detroit.
Kane had one goal while Chicago went 1-2-1 against Colorado (8-9-4) last season, losing each of the last three.
The Avalanche, though, are among the worst road teams in the league at 2-7-3, and they're 1-2-3 in their last six games overall. They've dropped six in a row (0-3-3) as the visitor for their longest such slide since losing nine straight (0-8-1) from Oct. 26-Dec. 15, 2011.
Colorado is trying to conclude this three-game road trip in positive fashion after falling 2-1 to Detroit on Tuesday, finishing with 37 shots, and not scoring until there were 90 seconds left in the game.
"The difference was really a couple of bounces for them and one hot goalie for them," Jean-Sebastien Giguere said after making 31 saves against the Red Wings.
P.A. Parenteau's nine goals leads the Avs, while his 19 points are tied with Matt Duchene for the team lead. The right wing has four points in three games, but has only found the net twice in the past 11.
He has one goal and two assists in the past two meetings with Chicago, but those came with the New York Islanders.
Paul Stastny, who scored Tuesday, has 12 points in his past nine games versus the Blackhawks, including five in the last three.
Gabriel Landeskog had three goals and one assist against them last season.
The teams play again in Colorado on Friday.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 7:29:26 PM EST|