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Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks
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GAME: Colorado Avalanche (22-10-7-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (11-21-7-4).

TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m. EST.

The Colorado Avalanche hope to keep racking up points as they wrap up a three-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

The Avalanche have earned points in 17 of their last 20 games (10-3-6-1), including a 4-2 victory at Dallas on Saturday. They are 1-0-0-1 on the trip, and have won five of their last six overall.

Colorado has the third-best record in the Western Conference with 53 points. Only Detroit (58) and Vancouver (56) are better.

"With parity in our league and our conference, it's important to stay consistent," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "At this point, we've got to be pretty happy with where we are."

Colorado boasts the NHL's best power-play unit on the road, and is second overall behind Philadelphia. The Avalanche have scored 10 power-play goals in 25 chances the past five games. They were 3-for-7 on the man advantage Saturday, getting two power-play goals from Alex Tanguay and one from Adam Foote.

Peter Forsberg added an assist for the Avalanche, giving him 10 points in his last five games. The 6-foot-1 center, who led Colorado in scoring with 106 points last season, returned to the lineup on Dec. 27 after missing 19 games with groin and abdominal injuries.

Colorado is 6-1-0-1 since his return.

The Avalanche lost star forward Teemu Selanne early in the second period of Saturday's game due to a neck injury suffered when he was elbowed by Dallas' David Oliver.

Selanne, third on the team with 11 goals this season, did not return. His status for Sunday was not disclosed.

The Blackhawks ended a two-game losing streak Thursday, beating visiting Calgary 3-1. It was only their fifth victory in the last 29 games (5-16-4-4).

Steve Sullivan, Bryan Berard and Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks, and Tyler Arnason assisted on all three goals.

Calder, who leads Chicago with 11 goals this season, has a four-game point streak.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 23 '04 CHI 2 at COL 2 - OT T. Arnason
Jan 11 '04 COL 5 at CHI 4 - OT A. Tanguay
Nov 09 '03 COL 4 at CHI 3 - OT S. Konowalchuk
Oct 10 '03 CHI 0 at COL 5 P. Kariya is the official Web site of the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado Avalanche and are trademarks of Colorado Avalanche, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team, Inc. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.