Hartley posted a 193-118-48 regular-season record with Colorado
from 1998-2002. He took over for Marc Crawford and led the
Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 2001 before getting fired in
Hartley was named Atlanta's coach on January 14, 2003 and was
19-15-5 last season. One of those victories was a 4-3 win at
Colorado on February 27 when Marc Savard scored 72 seconds into
Atlanta has won two in a row following a season-high nine-game
winless skid. The Thrashers ended a three-game home losing
streak with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, when
Ilya Kovalchuk collected two assists and Pasi Nurminen made 22
Colorado is 2-0-0 on a four-game road trip and has been without
Peter Forsberg for the last three games. Forsberg is day-to-day
with a groin injury.
The Avalanche improved to 10-1-0-1 in their last 12 games by
rallying for a 6-5 win at Florida on Wednesday. After Philippe
Sauve allowed three goals in the first period, Milan Hejduk, Joe
Sakic, Alex Tanguay and Andrei Nikolishin scored in the second.
Tanguay notched his fourth career hat trick and scored the
game-winner with 5:41 remaining. He has seven goals and eight
assists during an eight-game points streak.