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Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers

AVALANCHE (36-14-5) at RANGERS (30-23-3)

TV: Altitude, MSG

Last 10: Colorado 8-2-0; New York 7-3-0

Season series: This is the first of two games between the Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers. They will face each other again April 3 at Pepsi Center.

Big story: Colorado extended its winning streak to four games Monday by opening a four-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime victory against the New Jersey Devils. PA Parenteau sent the game to the extra session when he scored with 1:47 left in regulation, and Ryan O'Reilly converted on the power play 28 seconds into overtime.

The Rangers have a streak going, too, after winning their third straight and completing a two-game sweep of the New York Islanders with a 4-1 victory at Madison Square Garden on Friday.


Avalanche: Colorado was moments away from a shutout loss Monday, but, with goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere pulled for an extra attacker, Parenteau managed to redirect Tyson Barrie's shot into the net late in regulation before O'Reilly made New Jersey pay dearly for a third-period slashing penalty from Andy Greene that extended into overtime, giving Colorado a 4-on-3.

"I'm very proud of our group," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "Every night the guys are focused and playing hard. That's the reason we had a chance to come back. We gave ourselves a chance to win."

The Avs, who have won 10 of their last 12 against the Rangers, will be playing back-to-back games for the seventh time this season. Colorado is 5-1-1 in the first game of a back-to-back this year and 4-2-0 in the second. The Avs will play a total of 10 back-to-back games in 2013-14.

Rangers: After beating the Islanders outdoors (2-1 at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday) and indoors last week, the Rangers now get set for the first of three games before the Olympic break. New York, which has won nine of 12, is hoping to finish strong before several of its players head overseas for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"We have to make sure that we are all focused in on the three games in four nights, the three games before the Olympic break," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We have to make sure we continue to play the good hockey we have been. I am expecting our veteran guys and core guys to make sure everybody understands what we need to do here."

Who's hot: Avalanche rookie forward Nathan MacKinnon assisted on O'Reilly's winner Monday and has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a career-high five-game point streak. O'Reilly has a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists), and captain Gabriel Landeskog has a six-game point streak (two goals, six assists) and has 21 points in his past 20 games.

Forwards Mats Zuccarello (two goals, two assists) and Derick Brassard (one goal, three assists) are on three-game point streaks for New York

Injury report: Avalanche forwards Paul Stastny (ankle) and Alex Tanguay (knee) are day-to-day after not playing Saturday against Buffalo or Monday night in New Jersey. Defenseman Cory Sarich (back) is out indefinitely and on Injured Reserve… The Rangers will be without forward Derek Dorsett (leg).

Colorado Avalanche web staff contributed to this report.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 03 '14 NYR 2 at COL 3 - SO T. Barrie
Feb 04 '14 COL 1 at NYR 5 R. Callahan
M. Duchene53173148-11754
G. Landeskog55172845+134333
N. MacKinnon56202242+121885
R. O'Reilly54211940+1065
P. Stastny50162440+72032
P. Parenteau44101727+32201
E. Johnson5671724+44120
J. McGinn5314923+02623
J. Mitchell5561521+72211
T. Barrie3971219+131822
M. Talbot5661319+22701
A. Benoit5521719-41201
J. Hejda526814+72200
N. Holden294711+51201
A. Tanguay164711+7402
C. McLeod51279+39700
C. Sarich42189+23400
P. Bordeleau56437+25401
S. Downie11167+43611
M. Cliche50156-41500
N. Guenin44055+02800
R. Wilson21055+61200
B. Malone15022-1200
K. Stollery2000+1200
D. Van Der Gulik2000+0000
M. Hunwick1000+0000
S. Varlamov4528-10-510714022.49.924
J. Giguere148-4-0323842.47.917
S. Aittokallio10-1-03184.50.833
B. Richards57152641-21632
M. Zuccarello56152641+32243
D. Stepan57102535+41221
D. Brassard56102232-52453
C. Kreider50131730+146460
R. McDonagh5782230+31611
R. Nash4018927+52146
R. Callahan40111324+21442
C. Hagelin47121123+62804
B. Pouliot5591120+44152
D. Girardi5731215+21400
B. Boyle574913-15010
D. Moore494812-21201
M. Del Zotto422911-51010
M. Staal473710+01210
J. Moore552810+22302
A. Stralman56167+31800
D. Dorsett37325-510300
D. Carcillo39314+17602
J. Miller25224-71400
K. Klein52123-102100
J. Falk20022-52000
T. Pyatt22011-91000
J. Fast8000-5200
B. Mashinter6000-11000
A. Asham6000-51400
C. Allen3000-1000
D. McIlrath2000-1700
D. Powe1000-2000
H. Lundqvist4321-18-39912142.43.918
C. Talbot1610-4-0274181.78.935
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