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Tuesday, February 4th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (36-14-5) at New York Rangers (30-23-3), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Rangers take aim at a season-high fourth straight victory on Tuesday night as they look to best the Colorado Avalanche for the first time in four years.

The Rangers have won six of eight and nine of their last 12 games and sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 63 points. That is just one point ahead of both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers but also 17 back of the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins.

Netminder Henrik Lundqvist has been a key part of New York's current success, going 8-2-0 with a 1.50 goals against average and .951 ave percentage in his last 10 games. He has yielded two goals or fewer in nine of those contests.

Lundqvist made 38 saves in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders last Friday, keeping his club in the game before the Rangers scored three times in the third period. Derick Brassard and Brad Richards notched goals less than three minutes apart in the frame, while Ryan McDonagh scored into an empty-net.

"He made some unreal saves and had total control and permitted us to bring it (tied) to the third," said Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault of Lundqvist. "Then we played a real solid third period."

Brian Boyle also scored for the Rangers, who were coming off back-to-back wins over the New Jersey Devils and Islanders at Yankee Stadium.

Lundqvist is 1-3-1 with a 2.88 GAA in five previous meetings with the Avalanche, who have won their last three meetings with the Rangers. That includes the most recent encounter 3-1 on March 17, 2012 in New York.

The Rangers have not beaten the Avalanche since Jan. 31, 2010 in Colorado and not in New York since a 6-1 win on Feb. 28, 2009.

The Avs have won two straight and eight of their last 10 at Madison Square Garden and play the second contest of a four-game road trip tonight. Colorado began its trek out east last night with a 2-1 overtime decision versus the Devils.

On the verge of being shut out, Colorado coach Patrick Roy opted to pull goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:34 left in regulation and P.A. Parenteau responded with a game-tying goal less than a minute later before Ryan O'Reilly scored on the power play 28 seconds into the bonus frame.

"Our guys were playing hard. It was a tight game and sometimes you go with your feeling when to pull the goalie and fortunately it worked for us," Avs head coach Patrick Roy said. "I am not going to take any credit for that though. It's the players. We didn't move the puck very well on the power play all game, but we scored the right power-play goal."

O'Reilly netted his club-leading 21st goal of the season and Giguere made 27 saves in his first start since Jan. 6. He got his first victory since Dec. 6.

Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon both notched assists to stretch their current point streaks. Landeskog has two goals and six helpers over a six-game run, while MacKinnon has three goals and eight points in the past five games.

MacKinnon, the top overall pick of the 2013 draft, leads all rookies with 20 goals and 41 points.

Colorado has won four in a row and nine of its last 12 overall. The Avs sit third in the Central Division, two points behind the second-place St. Louis Blues.

The Avs were without forwards Paul Stastny (ankle) and Alex Tanguay (sprained knee), both scratched due to nagging injuries for a second straight game, but are still 6-1-0 in their last seven on the road. They will visit the Philadelphia Flyers and Islanders to close out the trip before the Olympic break.

Semyon Varlamov is likely to start tonight for the Avalanche and is 2-1-0 lifetime versus the Rangers with a 3.33 GAA.

02/04 10:47:57 ET

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UWGB 66
ECU 49
4th
CHA 74
LAC 80
 
4th
CHA 74
LAC 80
 
4th
CLE 88
ORL 58
 
4th
PHI 84
POR 93
 
3rd
TOR 56
PHO 50
 
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HOU 41
NYK 32
 
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DAL 14
IND 15
 
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UWGB 66
ECU 49
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WEBER 59
NEV 56
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FRES 52
EVAN 58
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KYST 88
PURD 79
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LSU 61
CLEM 64
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ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
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CHIST 46
UGST 69
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DET 69
MDES 55
 
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ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
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INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
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FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
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LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
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ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
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MD 73
ARST 73
 
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TOL 85
BUCK 61
 
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JMU 71
COL 67
 
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WINT 54
ETST 52
 
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GSOUT 69
FIU 61
 
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BST 88
GRAM 46
 
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APP 66
HAMP 55
 
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MAST 59
JVU 69
 
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XAV 87
MURST 60
 
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WAKE 65
NICST 33
 
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MSU 74
SCU 37
 
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LOU 87
SAV 26
 
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TENT 81
SELA 62
 
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VCU 47
VILL 64
 
3rd
OU 64
WCU 64
 
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IND 54
EWASH 42
 
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ILL 29
BRO 30
 
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MSST 29
CLAYST 18
 
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BEL 41
LIP 27
 
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MVSU 20
 
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IOWA 35
PEPP 30
 
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MEM 38
PVU 23
 
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KU 51
RIDE 22
 
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BAY 33
STEPH 22
 
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INCWORD 51
A 34
 
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USF 16
HAW 14
 
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ORST 10
 
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BOS 2
PIT 2
 
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FLA 1
MIN 2
 
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DET 2
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 17
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 0
BAL 7