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Game 69 Preview: Ducks @ Avalanche

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After putting together a solid win against the Coyotes on Monday night, the Avalanche (34-30-4) are right back in the playoff hunt as they take on the first place Anaheim Ducks (37-19-9).

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After a few lineup changes from Patrick Roy, the Avs looked rejuvenated against the Coyotes Monday night. In a game that they needed and should (on paper) have, the Avs picked up the two points and looked rather good doing so. While always prone to a few bad turnovers, the Avalanche did not falter as goaltender Semyon Varlamov returned to form after sitting out the last couple games. With the win, the Avs moved back into a tie with the Minnesota Wild for the final wildcard spot in the west, though the Wild have played one fewer game.

The Avs finish out their home-stand Wednesday night against the hottest team in the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks. After being picked as a cup favorite for many hockey experts in the offseason, the Ducks faltered majorly out of the gate and failed to create any semblance of an offensive attack. The same can not be said of the Ducks of late. The Ducks have carried a 3.5 average goals for through the month of February and have continued that offensive surge into the month of March. The team that sat near or at the bottom of the NHL for most of the first two months of the season have recently caught fire and have burned their way all the way through the Pacific Division standings to their current position on top. With Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf back to lighting the lamp and a young goalie duo near the top of the league in goals against average, the Ducks look like the cup contender they were supposed to be at the beginning of the year.

LINES

Boedker-MacKinnon-Comeau

Grigorenko-Duchene-Iginla

Matthias-Soderberg-Landeskog

McLeod-Mitchell-Skille

Beauchemin-Johnson

Holden-Barrie

Gelinas-Redmond

Varlamov

Pickard

Scratches: Bigras, Bodnarchuk, Martinsen

NOTES

- The Ducks hold the NHL's second best power play and penalty kill percentages.

- The Ducks have picked up at least a point in 20 of their last 21 games.

John Mitchell has just one goal in his last 33 games.

GAME INFO

Game time: 8pm MT

TV: ALT