Colorado has earned points in each of its last three games,
defeating Edmonton at home before suffering shootout losses at Los
Angeles and San Jose. The Avalanche were involved in a wild contest
against the Sharks on Monday, scoring twice in a 12-second span with
less than two minutes remaining in the third period to take the lead
before allowing the tying goal with 19.6 seconds to play. Paul
Stastny recorded a goal and an assist as Colorado skated to a 5-1
home victory over Chicago on Nov. 19 in the first of five meetings
between the Central Division rivals this season.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), CSN (Chicago)
ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (23-10-3): Matt Duchene enters with a five-game
point streak during which he has registered two goals and eight
assists. The 22-year-old posted multi-point performances in four
straight contests before settling for a lone assist against San Jose
on Monday. Duchene has four tallies and 13 points over his last
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ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (26-7-6): Patrick Kane has been
unstoppable of late, collecting seven goals and 14 assists
during his current 12-game point streak, which matches a career
high. The 25-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., also posted a
12-game run from Nov. 3-27 during which he notched eight tallies
and nine assists. Kane was kept off the scoresheet by Dallas on
Nov. 29 before beginning his current streak a day later at
Kane leads the Blackhawks with 49 points and trails
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby by five for the league lead.
Colorado D Erik Johnson has scored four goals and added two
assists over his last five games.
Sharp has scored at least one goal in five of his last eight
contests and has 12 points in that span.
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 5, Avalanche 2
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