Vancouver (15-10-2) at Colorado (12-13-1), 8:00 pm EST
DENVER (Ticker) — A major factor in the Vancouver Canucks not
making the playoffs last season was their struggles against the
The Canucks will try to avoid repeating the same mistake this
season when they look snap a seven-game losing streak to the
Avalanche on Sunday.
Vancouver, which missed the postseason by three points last
campaign, currently holds the top spot in the Northwest
Division. But the Canucks have fallen into a slump without
starting goaltender Roberto Luongo.
Rotating Curtis Sanford and Cory Schneider, Vancouver has
dropped four of its last five contests. The Canucks have also
failed to beat Colorado this season, falling, 2-1, in a shootout
in their lone meeting with their division rival.
The Avalanche have not lost to Vancouver since suffering a 2-1
overtime loss on November 9, 2007.
Colorado, which is opening a three-game homestand, is hoping a
trip back to Denver can help it avoid a third straight loss.
The Avalanche dropped a pair of one-goal road decisions to the
Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars on Thursday and Friday,