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Streaking Avs play host to Predators

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche aim to post their longest winning streak in nearly eight years on Wednesday night as they put their six-game run on the line in a home matchup with the Nashville Predators.

The Avalanche have posted a pair of six-game winning streaks around their only loss of the season, with their 6-0 start matching the second-best start in franchise history. They suffered their first defeat on Oct. 17 versus Detroit, but have stayed red-hot since.

Colorado failed to equal its best start in club history, but now has a chance to post its longest winning streak since an eight-game run from Dec. 31-Jan. 17 during the 2005-06 campaign.

The Avalanche swept games on back-to-back nights versus Dallas and Montreal, outlasting the Stars 3-2 in overtime on Friday before rolling past the Canadiens 4-1.

Montreal-born netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves for the Avalanche as first-year head coach Patrick Roy picked up a win over his former franchise. He spent his first 10-plus seasons as a player with the Canadiens, winning a pair of Conn Smyth trophies and Stanley Cup championships before his infamous trade to Colorado in December of 1995.

"We just played another notch up in the third period," said Roy of his club's three-goal frame. "It's fun to see things working out here as well as they are. This game meant a lot to the guys and it meant a lot to me."

Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O'Reilly scored in the third period to snap a 1-1 deadlock and P.A. Parenteau capped the scoring with an empty-net goal. Gabriel Landeskog scored in the second period and also had an assist.

"They came out hard tonight and the first period was tough for both teams," said Landeskog. "They're fast and have good players up front. I'm just glad we settled down after that first period."

At 12-1-0, the Avalanche have matched the 1994-95 franchise for the best start in club history through 13 games, but did lose forward Alex Tanguay for the next two weeks with a knee injury suffered on Saturday. MacKinnon is expected to take his place on a line with Paul Stastny and Landeskog.

Roy is slated to go with Semyon Varlamov in net tonight after the Russian netminder got the win on Friday versus Dallas. That start came just two days after he was arrested on domestic violence-related charges.

Varlamov is 8-1-0 with a 1.78 goals against average in nine starts this season and is 4-2-0 with a 2.47 GAA in six career meetings with the Predators. That includes a 26-save effort on Oct. 4 in a 3-1 home victory.

That win was Colorado's third in its last four meetings with Nashville since a nine-game series losing streak. All three of the wins have come at home.

The Predators have split the first two contests of a seven-game road trip, losing in a shootout to Phoenix on Thursday before bouncing back with a 4-3 victory at Los Angeles on Saturday.

David Legwand lit the lamp twice, including the deciding goal with 3:56 to play in regulation. That goal came after Nashville failed to hold a two-goal edge in the third frame.

With time winding down Legwand won a faceoff in the offensive zone and cleaned up Mattias Ekholm's shot from the point for his fourth goal and 12th point of the season.

"It was good to see (Legwand) get a reward for some good hard work," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said.

Carter Hutton made the lead hold up, finishing with 35 saves to snap Nashville's two-game losing streak. Eric Nystrom and Shea Weber added goals.

Hutton has been Nashville's No. 1 netminder with Pekka Rinne out with a hip injury. He is 3-1-1 with a 2.76 GAA in six games this season, including five starts, and would face the Avalanche for the first time.

Predators forward Mike Fisher suffered a lower-body injury against the Kings and is questionable for tonight, while Colorado's Jamie McGinn is on track to play for the first time in four games due to a knee injury.

11/06 10:39:49 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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