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Game 26 Preview: Avs @ Rangers

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The Colorado Avalanche (10-14-1) make their annual visit to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers (17-6-3) fresh off their tenth win of the season.

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The Avs earned their tenth victory of the season in Jersey Tuesday night. The Avs took control of the game during an energetic second period that got feisty, but were unable to really break open a large lead against one of the league's top goaltenders. It was a feel good win for a team that was playing in the second game of a back-to-back.

Tonight, the Avs will get to be the rested team in a back-to-back set-up, as they play a Rangers team that is fresh off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Islanders Wednesday night. Like the Devils, the Rangers also have one of the league's best goaltenders in net with Henrik Lundqvist, but he will likely be on the bench having played Wednesday night. If that is the case, the Avs will be unable to avenge the 2-1 loss last month at Pepsi Center that Lundqvist stole from them. Nonetheless, the Avs will look to head into a home-and-home against the Wild with a win against a Ranger team that has won just once in their last five games.

LINES

Landeskog-MacKinnon-Duchene

Tanguay-Grigorenko-Iginla

Mitchell-Soderberg-Comeau

McLeod-Wagner-Skille

Beauchemin-Johnson

Holden-Barrie

Gormley-Guenin

Varlamov

Berra

Scratches: Redmond, Matinsen

NOTES

Alex Tanguay is expected to return to the line-up after missing nearly a month with a knee injury.

- After failing to score in three power play chances against the league's best home penalty killing unit in New Jersey on Tuesday, the Avs face the Ranger's second best home penalty kill.

Matt Duchene is now tied for fourth place in goal scoring in the NHL. Five of those top six goal scorers play in the Central division.

GAME INFO

Game time: 5pm MT

TV: ALT, SN360