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Friday, March 14th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (43-16-7) at Colorado Avalanche (43-18-5), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The struggling Anaheim Ducks desperately need an injection of confidence. A road win over a red-hot Colorado Avalanche team on Friday night could do the trick.

Anaheim's recent problems has dropped the club into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with San Jose. The Sharks have won four straight and are in action this evening when they visit the New York Islanders.

Although the Ducks hold a game in hand over San Jose, Anaheim is mired in a four-game losing streak and is coming off a 7-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, a team that is well on its way to a fifth straight season out of the playoffs.

The Ducks were picked apart in Calgary, falling behind 5-0 to the Flames en route to the blowout loss. It was the seventh loss in 10 games overall for Anaheim and also snapped the club's three-game road winning streak.

"I really have nothing right now," Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked why his team is struggling of late. "It's easy to say just pick it up and do that, but we better do some soul searching."

Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino scored for the Ducks, while goaltender Jonas Hiller was chased after giving up three goals on five shots in the first period. Frederik Andersen replaced him and allowed four goals on 20 shots in relief.

"To a man, it's absolutely embarrassing losing 7-2," said Cogliano. "At the end of the day, our whole team, every man, should be embarrassed."

Anaheim hopes to pick up the pieces Friday when it plays the middle test of a three-game road trip in Denver. The Ducks, who are 19-10-3 away from Orange County this season, will close the swing on Saturday when they visit the rival Los Angeles Kings.

Fittingly, the only other team to beat the Ducks by a five-goal margin this season was the Avalanche, who recorded a 6-1 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 2 in the season opener for both teams.

"We have to be better, simply because (Colorado) already beat us 6-1 (in the season opener)," said Cogliano. "They're playing very good hockey."

That October meeting also was notable for a heated exchange between Boudreau and Colorado head coach Patrick Roy, who shouted at the Ducks coach and nearly pushed over a partition separating the team's benches. Roy was angered at a perceived non-call on Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon.

Colorado, which has won two straight and four of its last six meetings against the Ducks, enters Friday's rematch having won six of its last seven games.

Roy's club posted its most recent win against the defending Stanley Cup champions, as the Avs downed a visiting Chicago team 3-2 in regulation. The victory moved Colorado one point ahead of the Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division.

The Avs, who enter Friday six points behind the Blues for first place in the division, used a strong performance from goaltender Semyon Varlamov to frustrate the Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center. Varlamov stopped 37 shots to record his 100th career victory and improve to 33-12-5 on the season.

Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly picked up a goal and assist each for the Avalanche. Brad Malone added a tally as Colorado won four of five in the season series against Chicago.

"As a team we expected them to come hard the later it got. There's still a long way to go," said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog of his club's opponent. "Tonight was a huge win, and we certainly sent a message. We're not going to give them anything."

The Avs improved to 2-1-0 on a four-game homestand that ends tonight. Colorado, which is 23-9-3 as the home team this season, has won three of its last four games against Anaheim at the Pepsi Center. The clubs will complete the season series in Orange County on April 13.

03/14 10:55:45 ET

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Local
3rd
PHI 53
CHA 72
 
3rd
PHI 53
CHA 72
 
3rd
ORL 57
UTA 69
 
2nd
CLE 45
BRK 45
 
Half
BOS 53
MIN 48
 
Half
DET 52
TOR 52
 
2nd
MIA 51
WAS 52
 
2nd
MEM 22
CHI 20
 
2nd
SAN 20
POR 17
 
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DEN
LAC
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OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
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BUCK 76
CASEWEST 59
 
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LIB 74
CPNC 55
 
2nd
SCAR 52
CLEM 37
 
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CMICH 79
CONC 52
 
2nd
MIAMI 29
EKENT 43
 
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GWEBB 84
HIWASSEE 58
 
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ODU 46
MDES 35
 
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BUF 54
NIAG 34
 
2nd
KSU 46
NCAT 38
 
2nd
FAM 41
UNF 62
 
2nd
NORST 61
NARZ 43
 
2nd
DART 42
NILL 36
 
2nd
MORE 46
NKENTUCKY 62
 
2nd
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
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STJ 33
GAELS 39
 
2nd
ALA 47
STILL 29
 
2nd
HAMP 49
TENST 43
 
2nd
TENN 50
TENT 46
 
2nd
WMARY 77
WSHMD 39
 
Half
MERC 33
COOK 24
 
Half
FLGC 38
FUR 34
 
2nd
CALST 30
SDKST 30
 
1st
MTST 13
CHAT 12
 
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NDAK 15
DICKINSON 7
 
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LAMON 22
LSUALEX 19
 
1st
PRIN 30
LIP 19
 
1st
LAM 26
MLGN 15
 
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MINN 22
SEAT 15
 
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LOYC 22
SUTAH 9
 
1st
SELA 23
WINT 26
 
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SILL 17
NO 16
 
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2nd
NJD 2
TAM 1
 
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OTT 2
ANA 0
 
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DET 1
NYI 1
 
1st
WIN 1
BOS 0
 
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DAL