Avalanche Vs. Blackhawks: Colorado Goes For Season Sweep Against Chicago

Fresh off their 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings (giving them six points for the five game homestand), the Colorado Avalanche hit the road to face another Central Division team; the reigning champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Avalanche have fared very well against Chicago this year, going 3-0 and outscoring the Hawks by a 15-11 margin. Every game between these two teams has been exciting, high scoring hockey, especially the last meeting between these two teams that featured the first career hat trick by Avalanche forward Tomas Fleischmann, with all three goals scored in the third period to give Colorado a shocking 7-5 victory.

Tonight's game will feature two of the fastest skating offenses in the league, with both teams coming into this game with a top six NHL offense. The Chicago Blackhawks bring the league's best overall power play against Colorado's 29th ranked penalty kill, a distinct advantage for the home team. In the ever-tightening Western Conference playoff race, these two teams are separated by a mere point. While Colorado has already won the season series (and therefore the playoff tiebreaker), these two teams will be desperate for those valuable two points in the standings.

Chicago forward Patrick Sharp has four goals in his past four games. Colorado rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will be a game time decision for the Avalanche as he recovers from a foot injury suffered on Saturday against the Islanders.

Corey Crawford will get his fifth consecutive start in net, and is coming off a 5-0 shutout victory over the New York Islanders. Peter Budaj will get his second consecutive start in net for Colorado.

Puck drops at 6:30pm MST.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Denver

You must be a member of SB Nation Denver to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Denver. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.