The top team in the league, the Colorado Avalanche, will take on the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. Puck drop is at 9:30 PM ET at Pepsi Center, where the Avs have gone 25-3-3 this season. Vancouver is 16-13-3 on the road, which should make this a lopsided affair.
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The Avs (45-13-5) welcome the Canucks on the heels of a four-game win streak that includes two shutouts—just one of those four wins came in overtime. Darcy Kuemper (.923 SV%) has been between the pipes for three of the games in that span, and he’ll likely be given the nod for the Wednesday game against the Canucks, too. In Colorado’s two previous matchups against Vancouver, they scored a total of 11 goals, and Kuemper conceded just three.
Vancouver may be looking to next season at this point; they’re three spots out of a wild card berth and have a —3 goal differential. At the trade deadline, they traded one of their top assets, Tyler Motte, to the Rangers for a fourth-round pick. With losses in five of their last six games, they will almost certainly be lacking the confidence needed to pull an upset on the road against the league’s top team. Tune in to ESPN+ for coverage.
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