Quenneville, Blackhawks host struggling Avalanche

Colorado (5-6-0) at Chicago (5-3-3), 8:30 pm EDT

CHICAGO (Ticker) — It appears the Colorado Avalanche could use
a jolt of momentum similar to the one their former coach, Joel
Quenneville, has given to his new team.

Quenneville faces his old team for the first time when the
rolling Chicago Blackhawks look to continue their prowess at
home against the Avalanche on Monday.

From 2005-08, Quenneville was 131-92-23 with the Avalanche and
led them to the Western Conference semifinals twice, but was
fired in May. After a short hiatus, he was hired by Chicago
upon Denis Savard’s dismissal on October 16.

The Blackhawks are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the
Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, notching their second
straight win and improving to 4-1-2 under their new coach.
Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading seventh goal, Martin
Havlat added his fourth and captain Jonathan Toews had the lone
goal in the shootout.

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They open a five-game homestand in this one and hope to improve
their already stellar 4-0-2 mark at the United Center against a
struggling team.

After winning five straight games, Colorado has dropped three in
a row – including a 5-3 decision to the San Jose Sharks on

Jordan Leopold, Milan Hejduk and defenseman John-Michael Liles
tallied for the Avalanche, but goaltender Peter Budaj turned
aside just 24 of the 29 shots he faced and was unable to contain
the stellar Sharks offense.