Columbus (17-16-4) at Colorado (19-17-1), 9:00 p.m. EST
DENVER (Ticker) — Rookie goaltender Steve Mason and the
Columbus Blue Jackets look to record their fourth consecutive
shutout when they visit the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.
The 20-year-old Mason posted his third straight blanking and
league-best fifth of the season by turning aside all 27 shots he
faced in a 2-0 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
Mason, who has not surrendered a goal in a franchise-record 182
minutes, 8 seconds, stopped 10 shots in the first period, five
in the second and nine in the third to secure the shutout.
He also made 24 saves in a 2-0 triumph over the Los Angeles
Kings on Monday and 20 in a 3-0 blanking of the Philadelphia
Flyers on Saturday.
The NHL Rookie of the Month for November, Mason boasts a 12-7-1
record and 1.69 goals-against average in 20 games.
The Blue Jackets, who are in the middle of the six-game road
trip, are 6-10-3 away from home this season.
Colorado had its three-game winning streak come to an end with a
3-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
The Avalanche finished December with an 8-6-0 record.