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Wednesday, March 19th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (44-20-5) at Winnipeg Jets (31-30-9), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche hope to avoid their first losing streak since the Olympic break as they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

The Avs are coming off just their third setback in the past 10 games, losing in head coach Patrick Roy's return to Montreal. Roy starred for the Canadiens franchise for 10-plus seasons before a trade to the Avalanche in 1995 and received a warm reception during the game.

The home cheers eventually went to Montreal's Thomas Vanek, who notched a hat trick to help hand Colorado a 6-3 loss.

Jamie McGinn had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who also got goals from Nathan MacKinnon and Maxime Talbot. Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 30-of-35 shots.

"I didn't want them to feel pressure of winning a hockey game for their coach. It's all about our team here," Roy said.

The Avs fell into a tie with the Chicago Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division, eight points back of the first-place St. Louis Blues. They'll try to avoid losing two straight for the first time since Feb. 4-6.

Reto Berra, the third goaltender on Colorado's roster, is expected to get the start tonight and it would be his first with the Avalanche since they acquired him from the Calgary Flames.

Berra, signed to a three-year extension by the Avs last Friday, was 9-17-2 with a 2.95 goals against average in 29 games (27 starts) with the Flames. That includes a 1-1-0 mark versus the Jets with a 4.32 GAA.

Winnipeg continues to lose ground in the Western Conference playoff race as it sits six points out of the second wild card position. The Jets snapped a six- game slide with a 7-2 win over Dallas on Sunday, but fell in defeat the following night 3-1 to the St. Louis Blues.

Eric O'Dell scored the Jets' lone goal and the clubs were tied until the Blues' David Backes scored a power-play goal with 6:51 to play. Winnipeg went down a man when Evander Kane went off for slashing.

"We just can't be in the box there," Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said of Kane's penalty, which occurred in the offensive zone. "That's the bottom line on that play."

Al Montoya allowed two goals on 25 shots for the Jets.

It is unknown when Ondrej Pavelec will be ready to return from a lower-body injury, so Montoya could get the start again tonight. He has good numbers versus the Avalanche, going 2-1-2 with a 2.14 GAA and one shutout.

The Avs have won three of four versus the Jets this season, including a 4-3 shootout decision on Dec. 12 in the lone encounter in Winnipeg.

03/19 10:46:20 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Half
STJ 43
DUKE 39
 
6:30pm Tonight
NCSU
ND
4th
CHI 84
MIA 93
 
3:30pm Today
CLE
OKC
6:00pm Tonight
NOP
DAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
6:00pm Tonight
PHO
LAC
6:00pm Tonight
ATL
MIN
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
DET
7:00pm Tonight
SAN
MIL
8:00pm Tonight
GSW
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
 
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
 
2nd
OSU 68
IND 57
 
2nd
UCF 24
CIN 29
 
2nd
WICHS 43
DRAK 23
 
Half
STJ 43
DUKE 39
 
2nd
MAR 33
FAIR 32
 
2nd
HART 34
MAINE 37
 
2nd
MAN 44
MON 42
 
2nd
PRIN 69
ROWAN 28
 
2nd
SIENA 32
PETE 48
 
2nd
RIU 35
BONA 29
 
2nd
BING 30
USB 36
 
2nd
MLOWELL 33
VERM 35
 
1st
BUT 12
SHU 6
 
1st
SALA 7
YALE 4
 
4:00pm Today
PITT
LOU
4:00pm Today
ILLST
NIOWA
4:30pm Today
IONA
NIAG
 
4:30pm Today
GTDNS
UMBC
 
6:30pm Tonight
TENST
BEL
 
6:30pm Tonight
NCSU
ND
7:00pm Tonight
VILL
CREI
7:30pm Tonight
MD
NW
8:30pm Tonight
UTAH
WASH
5:00pm Tonight
TEAMFOLI
TEAMTOEWS
8:15pm Tonight
CARTER
IRVIN