Game 29: Coyotes-Avalanche

Nov 21, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Colorado Avalanche defensemen Erik Johnson (6) skates with the puck in the first period against Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan (19) at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche are back on the ice as they look to shake off a loss in Vancouver on Sunday night. The Avs just finished off a western road-trip in Canada, going 1-2. The Colorado Avalanche currently sit at 20-8-0 on the season with 40 points in fourth place of the Central Division. The will be taking on the Phoenix Coyotes, 16-8-5 on the season with 38 points. The Coyotes haven’t played since last Friday, also losing to the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2.

What: Regular Season Game #29: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Colorado Avalanche

When: Tuesday, December 10th

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

Time: 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT

TV: Altitude Sports

Starting Goaltenders: 

Phoenix Coyotes: Mike Smith (13-6-5)

Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov (13-7-0)

Last Ten Games:

Phoenix Coyotes: (3-4-3)

Colorado Avalanche: (6-4-0)

Last Match-Up:

The last time these two teams met, the Colorado Avalanche came away with the win in overtime at Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix. Ryan O’Reilly would score the game-winning goal as the Avs took the win, 4-3. Semyon Varlamov played well for the Avs, saving 41-of-44 shots, 93.2% save percentage. Defenseman Andre Benoit had one of his best games of the season, scoring a goal and adding two assists. John Mitchell ended up a goal and assist, while rookie Nathan MacKinnon recorded an assist. Martin Hanzal played well for the Coyotes, recording a goal on six-shots, while laying down four hits. Keith Yandle as well, as he recorded an assist, blocking three shots.

Now: The Phoenix Coyotes are looking to finish their four-game road-trip on a good note as they lost to the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames back-to-back. Coyotes Mike Ribeiro has 11 points in his last 11 games, providing a spark for his team, while Avs Gabriel Landeskog has recorded six points in the last five. The Colorado Avalanche will be without defenseman Jan Hejda but received good news about their best defender, as he and fellow defenseman Ryan Wilson might be back in the line-up Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

Team Leaders:

Points:

Phoenix: Radim Vrbata, 24.

Colorado: Gabriel Landeskog, 22.

Goals:

Phoenix: Shane Doan, 12.

Colorado: Matt Duchene, 12.

Assists:

Phoenix: Keith Yandle, 16.

Colorado: Gabriel Landeskog, 13.

Plus/Minus:

Phoenix: Rob Klinkhammer, 13.

Colorado: Erik Johnson, 17.

Goals Against Average:

Phoenix: Thomas Greiss, 2.42.

Colorado: Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 1.83.

Topics: Colorado Avalanche

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