NHL Preview – Game 23: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado Avalanche


Mar 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles for the puck with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) in the third period at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Like the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche have been winning a lot of games of late. The Avalanche are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes as they play in the back-end of a back-to-back Wednesday night. Colorado has won four out of their last five as they host the Chicago Blackhawks at home.

What: NHL Preview – Game 23: Chicago Blackhawks (12-8-1, 25 points) vs. Colorado Avalanche (8-9-5, 21 points)
When: Wednesday, November 26th
Where: Pepsi Center (Denver, Colorado)
Time: 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST
TV: Altitude Sports

Last night’s overtime win was a true testament to Colorado’s will to win. The Avalanche faced a 3-0 deficit after the first period as Patrick Roy pulled the plug on starter Reto Berra. Calvin Pickard came in and cleaned up the mess, stopping 25-of-25 shots as he has won two-straight games.

Colorado scored four unanswered goals as Gabriel Landeskog gave the Avs’ a boost in the second period – collecting his sixth goal of the season. Landy scored another goal early in the third period to cut Colorado’s deficit to one, followed by a Matt Duchene goal to tie it up at three. Daniel Briere was the hero, recording his third game-winning goal of the season as he pushed the Avs’ to another victory.

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Colorado will look to make it three-straight wins as they play host to the Chicago Blackhawks. Good news for Colorado is that they have beat the Blackhawks in 8 of their last 11 meetings at the Pepsi Center. Chicago is coming off a 4-1 loss on the road to the Vancouver Canucks. Kris Versteeg scored the lone goal on the night for Chicago on the power-play; his 7th of the season.

Colorado’s defenseman Erik Johnson is a game-time decision after suffering a concussion in last night’s game. The Avs’ have recalled defenseman Karl Stollery from Lake Erie and they placed goaltender Semyon Varlamov on injured-reserve retroactive to November 15th.

Puck-drop between the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST.