Series (Game 3 of 4)

Colorado leads 4-0

Game 1: Friday, November 25th
Blue Jackets0
Game 2: Saturday, January 7th
Blue Jackets2Final
Game 3: Friday, February 10th
Blue Jackets1
Game 4: Thursday, March 2nd
Blue Jackets0Final

Avalanche 4

(32-20-6, 70 pts)

Blue Jackets 1

(23-32-2, 48 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 10, 2006

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
COL 1 0 34
CBJ 1 0 01

M. Svatos (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

D. Vyborny (Blue Jackets - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Colorado (31-20-6) at Columbus (23-31-2) 7:00 pm EST

Colorado (31-20-6) at Columbus (23-31-2) 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) - A pair of teams that have found their form in the new year meet Friday when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Avalanche have been one of the league's top powers in recent years, but their slow start left many wondering whether that time had passed. However, they have an 11-3-3 mark in 2006 to move within three points of first-place Calgary in the Northwest Division race.

Colorado posted a 2-1 win at divisional foe Minnesota on Thursday thanks in large part to goaltender David Aebischer, who has been in net for every one of the team's victories in 2006.

The Blue Jackets have won 11 of their last 15 games, including their last five here. Jason Chimera scored twice in the third period as Columbus rallied for a 7-4 home victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Trevor Letowski also scored a pair of goals for the Blue Jackets, who had their best scoring output of the season as they try to dig out of the huge early season hole they left themselves in and make the playoffs for the first time in their five-year history.

Colorado has won the first two meetings against Columbus this season, including a 5-0 triumph here November 25.