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Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks Pick & Prediction APR 11TH 2021

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78Anaheim Ducks

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Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks Recap APR 11TH 2021

J.T. Compher broke through in a tight defensive battle to score a second-period goal, and the Colorado Avalanche extended their road winning streak to five games with a 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Goalie Pavel Francouz made 26 saves while earning his first career shutout as Colorado posted its second consecutive victory following a three-game losing streak. Francouz's effort came on the same day he agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Avalanche, reportedly for $2 million per season.

Goalie John Gibson stopped 28 shots for Anaheim, which lost its third consecutive game and fell for the fourth time in the past five contests. The Ducks are 0-2-0 to open a six-game homestand.

After more than 36 minutes in a scoreless battle, the Avalanche turned a rare defensive mistake from either team into a goal. Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm fired a pass from the side of his own goal to the blue line, but it was intercepted by the Avalanche's Martin Kaut.

Colorado struck quickly as Kaut moved in on the Ducks' goal then sent a pass to Compher, who one-timed a shot past Gibson. It was Compher's ninth goal of the season, while the assist gave Kaut his first career NHL point in his second career game.

The Avalanche turned up the offensive intensity in the second period as they outshot the Ducks 14-5 after shots were even 10-10 in a scoreless opening period.

It was a key victory for the Avalanche, who overtook the Dallas Stars for second place in the Central Division and are in one of the busiest stretches of the schedule. The Friday game was their 10th in an 11-game, 19-day run that concludes with another road game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

The defensive miscue in the second period came in Lindholm's 500th career NHL game. Jakob Silfverberg was playing in his 500th game with the Ducks, and Adam Henrique was playing in his 200th game with Anaheim.

The Ducks took the ice a few hours after forward Ondrej Kase was traded to the Boston Bruins for forward David Backes, defense prospect Axel Andersson and a 2020 first-round draft pick.

--Field Level Media

The Colorado Avalanche are not just battling for top spot in the West Division and overall NHL standings. The Avalanche are chasing their own history.

Heading into Sunday's road clash with the cellar-dwelling Anaheim Ducks, the Avalanche boast a 27-9-4 record, which equals their best 40-game start in franchise history. The 58 points amassed is equal to the 26-8-6 mark the Avalanche collected in the Stanley Cup-winning 2000-01 season and the 27-9-4 mark of 1994-95, the final season the franchise was based in Quebec City.

With that level of play, it's no wonder the Avalanche have made a couple of key additions with Monday's trade deadline looming. After acquiring defenseman Patrik Nemeth from the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, the Avalanche reeled in goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

With Pavel Francouz on the injured list, Colorado has been leaning heavily on Philipp Grubauer, having acquired Jonas Johansson from Buffalo a few weeks ago.

"I think it sends a pretty strong message that (general manager Joe Sakic) obviously believes in this group and that we are trying to make a run at this thing," captain Gabe Landeskog said.

"Sometimes it doesn't need to be moves at the deadline that sends that message. It's just conversations we've had and looking at our roster and looking at the team we have. We know this is a really good year for us and a really good opportunity for us."

The Avalanche, who claimed a 2-0 win over Anaheim on Friday and are 5-1-1 this season against the Ducks, have won six of seven games and are on a 14-1-2 roll. The acquisitions are a boost, and Dubnyk solidifies their goaltending, which was a question mark.

"A guy that's sorta been there at this time of year is real important," coach Jared Bednar said. "We saw that even last year out of (Michael Hutchinson) winning playoff games for us. We like the addition; we have time to integrate him into our system."

Anaheim, which sits third from the bottom in the league standings and playing out the string, is destined to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season for just the third time in franchise history. Further changes are coming in the Ducks' rebuild, among them the potential that captain Ryan Getzlaf may waive his no-movement clause and accept a trade.

Getzlaf, who has missed the past three games due to an upper-body injury, is the franchise leader in games played and second to only Teemu Selanne for points. Getzlaf, a pending unrestricted free agent, has 980 career points with Anaheim, eight fewer than Selanne.

The Ducks have just three wins in their past 10 games (3-6-1), but to their credit are keeping their games close. For example, Friday's loss was a 1-0 game until a last-minute empty-netter.

"I was impressed with our effort and attention to detail," coach Dallas Eakins said. "But still, we'd like to get on the other side of that game."

There are not many positives with the Ducks this season, but one is goaltender John Gibson, who stopped 33 shots last game. He's allowed only one goal in three of his past four starts.

"He quietly went about his business," Eakins said of Gibson. "When needed, he was there to answer the bell."

--Field Level Media

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W 90% L 10%
9 1
  • @St. Louis W 4 - 3
  • Arizona W 2 - 4
  • @Anaheim W 4 - 1
  • @Anaheim W 2 - 0
  • @Minnesota L 3 - 8
  • @Minnesota W 5 - 4
  • St. Louis W 1 - 2
  • St. Louis W 2 - 3
  • Arizona W 3 - 9
  • Anaheim W 2 - 5
W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @San Jose W 4 - 1
  • @San Jose W 4 - 0
  • Colorado L 4 - 1
  • Colorado L 2 - 0
  • @San Jose W 5 - 1
  • Arizona L 3 - 2
  • Arizona L 4 - 2
  • @Colorado L 2 - 5
  • @St. Louis W 3 - 2
  • @St. Louis W 4 - 1

Next Games

  • Los Angeles(03-14-21) W 1 - 4
  • Los Angeles(03-14-21) W 1 - 4
  • @St. Louis(04-14-21) W 4 - 3
  • @St. Louis(04-14-21) W 4 - 3
  • @St. Louis(04-14-21) W 4 - 3
  • Vegas(02-27-21) L 3 - 2
  • Vegas(02-27-21) L 3 - 2
  • @Los Angeles(02-02-21) W 3 - 1
  • Vegas(02-27-21) L 3 - 2
  • @Los Angeles(02-02-21) W 3 - 1

Last Meetings

  • Avalanche @ Ducks 4-1
  • Avalanche @ Ducks 2-0
  • Ducks @ Avalanche 2-5
  • Ducks @ Avalanche 4-8
  • Ducks @ Avalanche 5-4
  • Ducks @ Avalanche 2-3
  • Avalanche @ Ducks 1-3
  • Avalanche @ Ducks 3-2
  • Ducks @ Avalanche 4-3
  • Avalanche @ Ducks 1-0

Eastern Conference

Toronto Maple Leafs2811460 14-0-614-0-5143112L27-0-1
Tampa Bay Lightning2812157 15-0-413-0-8143108L14-0-6
Florida Panthers2712256 14-0-413-0-8136117L37-0-3
Boston Bruins2212448 11-0-611-0-6112106L25-0-4
Montreal Canadiens1813642 9-0-99-0-4123114L15-0-5
Detroit Red Wings1523535 9-0-96-0-1499140L25-0-3
Ottawa Senators1426331 9-0-105-0-16118164L13-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1025424 4-0-136-0-12100147L14-0-3

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets2614153 11-0-615-0-8139115L16-0-3
Minnesota Wild2513252 15-0-410-0-9124111L25-0-3
Nashville Predators2419149 13-0-911-0-10119123L18-0-2
Chicago Blackhawks2018343 11-0-89-0-10122135L15-0-5
St. Louis Blues1917442 7-0-1012-0-7122132L13-0-6
Dallas Stars1514636 8-0-67-0-8113107L24-0-3

Eastern Conference

Washington Capitals2811258 14-0-514-0-6152127L26-0-4
Carolina Hurricanes2710256 14-0-313-0-7133102L26-0-3
New York Islanders2711357 18-0-29-0-912598L17-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2713256 16-0-311-0-10146118L28-0-2
New York Rangers2016444 9-0-711-0-9136112L15-0-3
Philadelphia Flyers1917240 9-0-910-0-8123154L24-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1520636 8-0-87-0-12112145L32-0-7
New Jersey Devils1421230 4-0-1610-0-5103135L32-0-6

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights2911058 16-0-413-0-713896L16-0-3
Edmonton Oilers2515252 13-0-812-0-7134120L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes1920341 10-0-89-0-12118139L54-0-6
Calgary Flames1921240 10-0-99-0-12115127L44-0-6
San Jose Sharks1820238 8-0-1010-0-10114141L35-0-5
Vancouver Canucks1618234 9-0-97-0-9100120L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1423533 5-0-149-0-9101138L25-0-4

Last Injuries

Anaheim Ducks

  • Ben Hutton

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hutton has been shifted to the COVID-19 Protocol list, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

  • Isac Lundestrom

    Out indefinitely | out

    Lundestrom is suffering from appendicitis, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Hampus Lindholm

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Lindholm has been placed on the long-term injured reserve list with a fractured left wrist, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Ryan Getzlaf

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Getzlaf missed the previous game with a back injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Sharks on Wednesday.

  • Ryan Getzlaf

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Getzlaf has wound up on the injured reserve list due to an upper body injury, and the severity of the injury is unknown.

  • Derek Grant

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Grant sat out the last game due to flu-like symptoms, and it is unclear if he will dress for Sunday's clash with the Avalanche.

  • Sam Steel

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Steel has been shifted to the injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.

  • Rickard Rakell

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Rakell has been posted to the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.

Colorado Avalanche

  • Dennis Gilbert

    Late April | I-R

    Gilbert has been shifted to the injured reserve with a facial injury, and he is projected to miss four to six weeks of action.

  • Erik Johnson

    Upper Body
    out for season | I-R

    Johnson has ended up on the long-term injured reserve list with an upper-body injury, and he will miss the remainder of the regular season.

  • Philipp Grubauer

    Out indefinitely | out

    Grubauer has been added to the NHL's COVID protocol list and there is no timeline for his return to the lineup.

  • Pavel Francouz

    Lower Body
    out for season | I-R

    Francouz has wound up on the long-term injured reserve list due to a lower-body injury, and he will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

  • Joonas Donskoi

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Donskoi missed the last contest due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will take the ice on Friday versus the Kings.

  • Matt Calvert

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Calvert is on the injured reserve list with an undefined ailment, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Bowen Byram

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Byram is out of the lineup with a head injury and has been added to the COVID-19 protocol list, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Jacob MacDonald

    Elig Mon | out

    MacDonald is serving a two-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head, and he is eligible to return against the Coyotes on Monday.