Thursday, March 02, 2006

Colorado Avalanche face one of their favorite opponents Columbus Blue Jackets

Looking to keep pace in the tightly packed Northwest Division, the Colorado Avalanche face one of their favorite opponents.
The Avalanche look to post their 18th victory in 20 meetings against the Columbus Blue Jackets when the teams meet Thursday for the final time this season.
Since Columbus joined the NHL in 2000, Colorado is 17-0-1 with one tie in the all-time series, outscoring the Blue Jackets, 81-26. The only win by Columbus came in overtime on February 28, 2004.
Rookie sensation Marek Svatos scored twice in the third period for the Avalanche in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on February 10, giving Colorado its third victory in as many meetings this season.
Colorado won its first game since the Olympic break Tuesday, a 4-2 triumph over the Minnesota Wild. The victory moved the Avalanche within one point of Vancouver and Calgary for the top spot in the division race
Joe Sakic has one goal and seven assists in his last five games and needs two assists to become the 16th player in league history to reach 900.
Returning to the ice for the first time since the Torino Games, the Blue Jackets play the second contest of a four-game road trip and will look for their second win in five games.
David Vyborny was one of four Columbus players to participate in the Olympic tournament and helped the Czech Republic win a bronze medal. The other three were Rick Nash and Adam Foote for Canada and Radoslav Suchy for Slovakia

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