PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche try to finish an
unbeaten four-game road trip in a place where they have had
much success on Saturday when they visit Mellon Arena to face
the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Avalanche are unbeaten in their last nine road games against
the Penguins (8-0-1) dating to February 21, 1995. They are
without a loss in their last seven overall meetings with
Pittsburgh (6-0-1) since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
Colorado had a four-game road winning streak snapped with a 1-1
tie against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday.
Brad Larsen scored in the second period for the Avalanche, who
have the best power play in the league but went 0-for-5 with the
Goaltender David Aebischer made 20 saves and Colorado managed
only 21 shots, falling to 6-1-1 in its last eight games.
The Avalanche are 2-0-1 on the trek and are unbeaten in their
last five road games (4-0-1). They have earned a point in 10
straight road games (6-0-3-1) since losing at Anaheim on
Pittsburgh has dropped five consecutive games after a 6-5 road
loss to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.
Pittsburgh rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury allowed six goals
on 23 shots before being replaced for Pittsburgh, which has
allowed an NHL-leading 178 goals and is last in the NHL with
just 30 points.
The Penguins have lost six consecutive games at Mellon Arena,
where they are 7-13-3-0 for the worst home record in the NHL.