Avalanche look to leave Western Conference basement

Colorado (28-30-1) at Carolina (30-25-5) 3:00 p.m. EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) — If the Colorado Avalanche
want to move out of the Western Conference cellar, they’ll have
to improve their play on the road.

The Avalanche will continue their season-long six-game road trip
when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Colorado currently sits one point behind the St. Louis Blues
(25-26-8) in last place in the West due mainly to a 11-16-1
record on the road. But the Avalanche started their marathon
road trip in fine fashion, securing a 4-1 win over the
Washington Capitals on Friday.

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Ryan Smyth recorded a goal and two assists and Andrew Raycroft
made 28 saves, helping to end the 10-game point streak of
superstar Alex Ovechkin.

The Hurricanes have won two straight games by a combined 10-3.
Eric Staal has three goals over the last two games and Joe Corvo
sparked a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday with a
pair of third-period goals.

Carolina owns a 15-13-1 record at home and snapped a three-game
losing streak in Raleigh with the win over the Lightning.