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Despite Solid Defense, Avs Fall To Coyotes
While Patrick Roy wasn't pleased with his offense only scoring once against the Coyotes, the Avalanche head coach was satisfied with how his club played on defense.
"We are playing so well defensively right now," Roy said. "We're not giving much. I think the last three games we have given less than 10 scoring chances or close to that. This is very positive."
The 3-1 final score in favor of Phoenix on Tuesday night might seem to say otherwise, but Colorado had a strong defensive game and it was just the Coyotes taking advantage of the scoring chances they had.
Avalanche Can't Crack Greiss, Coyotes
Rick Sadowski - NHL.com Correspondent
DENVER -- It doesn't seem to matter whether Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett chooses to use Thomas Greiss or Mike Smith in goal when playing the Colorado Avalanche.
Both have enjoyed a great deal of success against the Avalanche, a trend that continued Tuesday at Pepsi Center when Greiss made 29 saves in the Coyotes' 3-1 win for his fourth career victory against Colorado without a loss.
Antoine Vermette supplied all the offensive support Greiss needed with two second-period goals, and the Coyotes pulled within one point of the eighth-place Avalanche in the Western Conference. The Coyotes have a 17-8-5 record and 39 points in 30 games.
The loss was the second in a row and third in four games for the Avalanche (20-9-0), who have played one fewer game.READ MORE >
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Game vs. Phoenix Has 'Must-Win' Feel
The NHL regular season is a long one, stretching from October through April. With 82 games on each team’s slate—and potentially more waiting in the playoffs—it’s common practice for players and coaches to keep an even-keel as the calendar turns from fall to winter and from winter to spring.
The mood today following the Avs’ morning skate didn’t mirror that philosophy.
Colorado (20-8-0) will face Phoenix (16-8-5) tonight at Pepsi Center (7 p.m. MT; Altitude), and the prevalent words spoken on the matchup didn’t reflect the marathon approach so often verbalized in similar settings.
“I think it’s a must-win,” PA Parenteau said.
“It’s definitely a big [game],” captain and forward Gabriel Landeskog added. “We can separate ourselves from these guys.”
“It’s a big game,” Matt Duchene said. “This is a team not too far behind us. We’re back on home ice here, and we want to have a good showing.”
“Tonight, it’s a very important game for us,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “This is a very important game. We need to be sharp; we need to have a really good start.”
Altitude Radio's Marc Moser talks with PA Parenteau, Gabriel Landeskog and
head coach Patrick Roy, following the Avalanche's morning skate.
The Altitude Radio Network postgame show, following Colorado's home loss to Phoenix.
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* Colorado's 40 points are the third-most through 28 contests in franchise annals.
* The Avalanche reached 20 wins faster than any team in franchise history, doing so in their 27th game. The 2000-01 team earned its 20th victory in its 28th contest.
*The Avs are 10-4-0 at home and 10-4-0 on the road. The Avalanche, Blackhawks and Ducks are the only NHL teams to win at least 10 games at home and 10 on the road.
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Avalanche Home to Face Shorthanded Coyotes
Monday, 12.09.2013 / 4:18 PM
COYOTES (16-8-5) at AVALANCHE (20-8-0)
TV: Altitude; KTVK
Last 10: Phoenix 3-4-3; Colorado 6-4-0
Season series: The Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche will play Tuesday night for the second time this season after Colorado in the first meeting earned a 4-3 road victory in the final minute of overtime on Nov. 21.
Big story: The shorthanded Coyotes will look to finish their four-game road trip on a positive note after back-to-back losses to the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. They'll have to do so without captain Shane Doan, who will miss the second straight game because of the flu.
"He's a big piece of our puzzle," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "But if he's out, other guys have to take more [responsibility] and have to step up. He's a big player that plays with skill. He plays hard and in front of the net on the power play, and provides leadership in the dressing room. But there are players that we have that can take some of that slack."READ MORE >