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AVALANCHE (44-20-5) at JETS (31-30-9)
TV: Altitude 2, TSN Jets
Last 10: Colorado 7-3-0; Winnipeg 3-4-3
Season series: Matt Duchene scored in overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets nine days ago. It was the third consecutive meeting between these teams that needed extra time. Colorado enters Wednesday's game with a 3-1 mark this season against Winnipeg after beginning the series with a 3-2 regulation win in late October.
Big story: Each team will be playing its third game in a third city in four nights. Colorado lost 6-3 at Montreal on Tuesday in Patrick Roy's first game as an NHL coach in the city where he started his playing career. Winnipeg closes its busy stretch against another of the NHL's top teams after it lost 3-1 at the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
"That's the way sometimes the schedule shakes," Jets forward Blake Wheeler said. "It's unfortunate with where we are in the season, the importance of this game, our opponents the last two games. You factor all that in, it's unfortunate, but we're not the only team in the league that has to do that. So I don't buy that as being a good excuse."
Avalanche: Roy said he thought forward Ryan O'Reilly and Paul Stastny each put an injury aside to make sure they would play in their coach's return to Montreal. Roy said he was grateful but would like to move on with the schedule, which will continue with a game against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins on Friday before three days off.
"I'm already very happy to be part of this partnership with the players; I didn't need a special night," Roy said Tuesday. "Yes, I would love to win every game, but [it's] the same level I would like to win [Wednesday] night in Winnipeg."
Jets: Forward Eric O'Dell has played more than 15 minutes in each of the past two games after not coming close to that amount in 16 previous games this season. The rookie has played four straight games since being recalled March 12, when he played 2:12.
"It's a big role, I know we're trying to make the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] here, we're trying to make that playoff push," O'Dell said. "I'm just trying to work my hardest and when I'm getting the opportunity, hopefully I can continue to play well."
O'Dell scored Monday playing on a line with Evander Kane and Devin Setoguchi, as he did for much of a 7-2 win at the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
"The first game, we were kind of just trying to feed off of each other, and it looks like we're kind of clicking right now," O'Dell said.
"Lots of quickness, lots of speed," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said of the 23-year-old. "I thought that [was] really good play, both games. Looks comfortable in that position. I'm really happy with his game."
Who's hot: Avalanche forward Matt Duchene had two assists Tuesday and has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in his past 12 games. O'Reilly has 15 points in his past 11. Defenseman Erik Johnson has 10 points in his past nine, and forward Jamie McGinn, who scored a tying goal Tuesday night, has six points in a four-game streak. … Jets forward Michael Frolik had a four-game point streak end Monday. Wheeler had four assists against the Stars.
Injury report: Avalanche forward John Mitchell (back) left the game Tuesday in the second period and did not return. Roy said Mitchell was taken to a Montreal-area hospital and more would be known on Mitchell's status by Wednesday morning ... Stastny (back) returned Tuesday after missing four games. Forward PA Parenteau (knee) is likely out for the rest of the regular season; forward Alex Tanguay (hip) is on Injured Reserve … Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (lower body) and forwards Chris Thorburn (foot) and John Albert (upper body) are day-to-day. Forwards Mark Scheifele (knee) and James Wright (ankle) are out indefinitely, and defenseman Grant Clitsome (back) will miss the rest of the season.
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