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Avalanche hope to return to winning ways vs. Blue Jackets

Columbus (3-6-0) at Colorado (5-4-0) 9:00 p.m. EDT

DENVER (Ticker) -- A rare offensive drought halted the Colorado

Avalanche's five-game winning streak.

With just a single goal over its last two games, Colorado will

look for a breakout offensive performance when it takes on the

Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The Avalanche had scored four or more goals in five consecutive

games, but after a 2-1 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres on

Saturday, they were shut out for the first time this season in a

3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames three days later.

Goaltender Peter Budaj had his three-game winning streak snapped

as he allowed three first-period tallies in the loss to the


Columbus is in the midst of its own offensive struggles, having

collected just four goals during its current three-game losing


Without starting netminder Pascal Leclaire, who was placed on

injured reserve Monday with an ankle injury, the Blue Jackets

will need an increase in offensive production with backup

Fredrik Norrena in net.

Norrena has allowed seven goals in his two starts this season,

stopping just 40 of 48 shots. He owns an 0-3-0 record in five

overall appearances.



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