Series (Game 1 of 4)

Colorado leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 30th
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Game 2: Friday, November 12th
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Game 3: Friday, February 11th
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Game 4: Tuesday, March 22nd
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Blue Jackets 1

(6-4-0, 12 pts)

Avalanche 5

(6-4-1, 13 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 30, 2010

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
CBJ 0 0 11
COL 1 3 15

P. Stastny (Avalanche - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

P. Budaj (Avalanche - G): Saves: 33, Save Pct.: .971

D. Liffiton (Avalanche - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Blue Jackets-Avalanche Preview


With a road-heavy portion of the schedule behind them, the Colorado Avalanche will try to build some momentum at the Pepsi Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets want to keep theirs going on the road.

The Avalanche open a four-game homestand looking to prevent the surging Blue Jackets from matching the longest road winning streak in franchise history Saturday night.

Tied with Los Angeles and Anaheim with a league-high seven road games, Colorado (5-4-1) will play seven of its next nine at home following Thursday's 6-5 victory at Calgary.

Sparked by Chris Stewart's second career hat trick and Daniel Winnik's game-winner with 2:20 left, Colorado snapped a three-game skid. Eleven Avalanche players recorded at least one point.

"It was a total team effort," said Stewart, who has seven goals and five assists during a seven-game point streak. "It's great to see that we're getting scoring from (all) lines. It's just exciting to watch out there."

The third-year forward leads the club with 14 points and eight goals -- twice as many as any teammate. Stewart, who scored three times in last season's four-game season sweep of Columbus, already has as many power-play goals (three) as he did in 2009-10.

With the offense being carried by Stewart and Milan Hejduk, who has three goals and six assists during a five-game point streak, the Avalanche are hoping former No. 1 goalie Peter Budaj can solidify a defense that's yielded 19 goals in four games. Budaj has allowed 13 in three starts this season, but he'll likely make his first home start Saturday because top goaltender Craig Anderson is out indefinitely after suffering a freak knee injury during warmups Tuesday.

Budaj, 1-3-0 with a 4.02 GAA in his last four starts versus Columbus, will be backed up by Denver native John Grahame following his call-up from the AHL on Thursday.

While the Avalanche try to avoid a third straight home loss, the Blue Jackets (6-3-0) look to equal a team-record four-game road winning streak set Dec. 2-12, 2006.

Columbus, 5-1-0 in one-goal games, has outscored opponents 5-1 in the third period and overtime of its three road contests. Boston and Nashville are the only other teams yet to lose on the road.

The Blue Jackets have won three straight and five of six overall, including a 3-2 shootout victory over visiting Edmonton on Thursday as Rick Nash and Nikita Filatov scored in the tiebreaker.

Columbus, which hasn't won four in a row since Feb. 7-14, 2009, had lost its previous eight shootouts.

"It's paying off when you have guys competing hard the whole game," said goalie Steve Mason, 2-0-0 with a 1.97 GAA in two road starts. "It really puts some pressure on the other team and they make mistakes. And we just have to capitalize on them."

One area in which the Blue Jackets have yet to capitalize is the power play. They're among the worst in the league with the man advantage, going 4 for 41.

Colorado's penalty kill, though, is one of the NHL's worst at 74.4 percent. The Avalanche have given up six power-play goals in the last four games.