Skip to main content

Avalanche begin home run by facing Coyotes

Phoenix (16-14-4) at Colorado (16-16-1) 9:00 p.m. EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche plan on spending much

of their time home for the holidays.

The Avalanche start a stretch that will see them play 15 of

their next 19 games at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday against Wayne

Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes.

Coach Tony Granato will give the netminding duties to Andrew

Raycroft, who has been stellar of late, picking up two wins on

the team's recent road trip.

"He's coming off two very solid games," Granato said on the

team's web site. "Peter (Budaj) has been very good for us all

year, so it has nothing to do with Peter not playing well. It's

just the fact that Andrew went into two tough buildings and

found ways to win."

Raycroft is 5-1-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average in seven

appearances, earning him some more work. He posted wins at

Detroit and Tampa Bay on December, respectively.

The upcoming run is critical to the playoff hopes of the

Avalanche, who are tied for last in the Northwest Division with

33 points. However, they are only eight points back of the

first-place Vancouver Canucks.

Colorado has played 14 home games as opposed to 19 on the road.

Its home total is the third-lowest in the league, trailing only

the Edmonton Oilers (12) and Florida Panthers (13).

They also can catch a Coyotes team that is coming off a loss

Monday in Edmonton. The Coyotes saw their 4-0-2 run end with

the 4-2 loss.

Martin Hanzal and Enver Lisin each tallied and Mikael Tellqvist

stopped 23 shots for Phoenix, which has not beaten Edmonton

since February 27, 2007.

TOP HEADLINES

Hockey Canada logo

Hockey Canada Executives Testify on Sexual Assault Lawsuit

High-ranking officials with Hockey Canada testified before the House of Commons on Monday regarding the recent sexual assault case settlement involving eight unnamed CHL players.

USATSI_16266263
Play

Pete DeBoer and the Task At Hand in Dallas

Pete BeBoer has had his share of ups and downs as an NHL coach, but he has proven he can still get a lot out of his teams. That's what the Stars need out of them to remain in playoff contention, writes Adam Proteau.

Jeff Petry

The Jeff Petry Trade Watch Is On In Montreal

Speculation over Jeff Petry's future with the Montreal Canadiens was renewed last week — will he stay or will he go?