banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, February 3rd (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (35-14-5) at New Jersey Devils (23-21-12), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The rolling Colorado Avalanche will aim for a fourth straight victory when they visit the New Jersey Devils in Monday's battle at Prudential Center.

The Avalanche, who are running third in the Central Division and are 12 points clear of the eighth seed in the Western Conference, won their third straight game on Saturday, slamming the visiting Buffalo Sabres by a 7-1 score. It was the 12th win in the past 16 games (12-3-1) for Colorado, which has registered 16 total goals during its current three-game tear.

Jamie McGinn led the way in Saturday's rout at Pepsi Center with two goals and one assist. Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and two helpers, Gabriel Landeskog tallied twice and Erik Johnson chipped in with three assists for the Avalanche, who recorded a season-high in goals.

Tyson Barrie and Marc-Andre Cliche also produced offense to back a 27-save effort by Semyon Varlamov.

"We gave our best in the first two periods. This is a good complete game. It was good to finish them off early and not let them back in," MacKinnon admitted.

MacKinnon, the top overall pick of last summer's draft, has recorded a goal in three straight games and has 20 markers and 20 assists in 54 games during his first NHL campaign. He leads all rookies in goals and points.

Colorado is kicking off a four-game road trip on Monday, as the Avs play their final four games before the Olympic break away from Denver. Patrick Roy's club has a strong 16-7-2 record as the guest this season.

The Devils, who are two points out of a playoff berth in the East, have lost three of their last four games and recently went 1-1-1 on a three-game road trip.

New Jersey opened the swing with a 3-0 loss in St. Louis before beating Dallas in overtime on Thursday. A day after notching the 3-2 win in Big D, however, the Devils lost a 3-2 OT decision in Nashville. Predators star defenseman Shea Weber scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner 1:29 into the extra session, to lift Nashville to Friday's win.

Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr each had a goal and an assist for New Jersey, while Cory Schneider finished with 30 saves in the loss.

"It's tough, two nights in a row, giving up a lead in the last minute," said Schneider in referencing Thursday's 3-2 overtime win at Dallas, during which the Stars tied the game with 51.5 seconds in regulation. "We should've had an extra point tonight again."

Schneider expects to start again on Monday and he is 6-1-2 with a 1.54 goals against average in his career against the Avs. With Colorado playing tomorrow night against the New York Rangers, Jean-Sebastien Giguere may get the start for the Avs on Monday. Giguere hasn't started a game since Jan. 6 and he hasn't earned a win since Dec. 6 in Calgary.

Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov left Friday's game with a lower-body injury and he missed practice on Sunday. The veteran blueliner is questionable for tonight's game.

The Avalanche notched a 2-1 shootout win over a visiting New Jersey team on Jan. 16, giving Colorado four wins in the last five meetings between the clubs. The Devils have won two of three and three of the past five encounters in the Garden State.

02/03 10:57:56 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Panthers 2, Hurricanes 0
Staal, Faulk score in 3rd, lead Hurricanes past Devils 3-1

The New Jersey Devils started fast — and the Carolina Hurricanes ended with a victory.

Related Stories
TV
  • NCAAT: Louisville v. Michigan State

    Today at 2:20 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAAT: Duke v. Gonzaga

    Tonight at 5:05 on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
5:00pm Tonight
CAR
BOS
5:05pm Tonight
DUKE
GONZ
1:05pm Today
PHI
DET
 
1:05pm Today
WAS
MIA
 
1:05pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:05pm Today
STL
NYM
 
1:05pm Today
HOU
NYY
 
1:05pm Today
ATL
PIT
 
1:05pm Today
BOS
TAM
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
BAL
 
3:10pm Today
ANA
CIN
 
4:05pm Today
KAN
CHC
 
4:05pm Today
CLE
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
MIL
 
4:05pm Today
SDP
SEA
 
4:05pm Today
LOS
TEX
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
1st
WAS 0
HOU 0
 
3:30pm Today
BRK
LAL
4:00pm Today
NOP
MIN
4:30pm Today
CLE
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
DET
6:00pm Tonight
BOS
LAC
7:00pm Tonight
IND
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
SAN
MEM
9:00pm Tonight
PHO
OKC
2:20pm Today
LOU
MSU
5:05pm Tonight
DUKE
GONZ
3:00pm Today
NYR
WAS
5:00pm Tonight
CAR
BOS
5:00pm Tonight
NAS
CAL
5:00pm Tonight
NYI
DET
5:00pm Tonight
OTT
FLA
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
ANA
7:30pm Tonight
WIN
CHI
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
SJS