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Avalanche look to bounce back vs. lowly Thrashers

Colorado (28-31-1) at Atlanta (21-33-6) 7:00 p.m. EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche may be in last place

in the Western Conference, but they are not nearly as bad off as

the Atlanta Thrashers in the Eastern Conference.

The Avalanche will be looking to bounce back from a road loss

when they visit the Thrashers on Tuesday.

Colorado was riding a three-game winning streak before running

into the surging Carolina Hurricanes, suffering a 5-2 loss on

Sunday. The Avalanche took 10 penalties in the contest and

allowed 39 shots on goal.

But despite being mired in last place in the 15-team Western

Conference, Ryan Smyth and company sit only nine points out of

fifth place and seven points out of eighth in the ultra-tight

conference.

Colorado is looking to make a move during its current trip

despite an 11-17-1 record away from home this season.

The Thrashers, by contrast, are in second-to-last place in the

East - 20 points behind eighth place and have little hope

remaining.

Atlanta dropped the finale of a four-game road trip, 3-1, at San

Jose on Saturday, allowing all three goals in the final period.

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