Ducks look to end struggles against Avalanche

Anaheim (24-22-5) at Colorado (23-25-1), 3:00 p.m. EST

DENVER (Ticker) — A tailspin has left the Anaheim Ducks in a
tenuous spot in the Western Conference.

The Ducks, who have lost seven of their last 10 games, hope to
end their struggles when they visit the Colorado Avalanche on

Anaheim last won back-to-back games on December 7-11 and is
caught in a four-way deadlock with Edmonton, Columbus and
Phoenix for the eighth and final spot in the crowded Western
Conference playoff picture.

It also seems a quiet goaltender controversy has polluted the
club, which is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks
on Wednesday.

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Jonas Hiller has started four of the last five games in place of
the ineffective Jean-Sebastien, who started the All-Star Game
for the West.

Colorado is also stuck in a slide, losing six of seven. It has
also dropped five of the last six meetings with Anaheim.

The Avalanche have surrendered 16 goals in their last three
games – all setbacks – and their worst defensive performance
came in Thursday’s 7-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.