Anaheim Ducks (10-6-3, third in Pacific) vs. Colorado Avalanche (9-5-1, fourth in Central)
Denver; Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two of the league’s top scorers, Nazem Kadri and Troy Terry, meet when Colorado and Anaheim hit the ice. Kadri ranks fourth in the NHL with 23 points and Terry currently ranks sixth in the league with 22 points.
The Avalanche are 7-2-0 in conference clashes. Colorado sits second in the Western Conference with 10.6 points per game, 4.0 goals average and 6.6 assists.
The Ducks are 7-5-2 in the Western Conference game. Anaheim is fifth in the Western Conference with an average of 5.8 assists per game, led by Ryan Getzlaf with 1.0.
The teams face off on Wednesday for the first time this season.
BEST PERFORMANCE: Kadri leads the Avalanche with 17 assists and has 23 points this season. Cale Makar has seven goals and five assists in Colorado’s last 10 games.
Hampus Lindholm leads the Ducks with a plus-seven rating in 19 games this season. Terry has eight goals and five assists in the last 10 games for Anaheim.
LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 7-2-1, averaging 4.6 goals, 7.4 assists, 3.4 penalties and 9.3 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with a d percentage ‘stops of 0.907.
Ducks: 8-2-0, averaging 3.6 goals, six assists, three penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while allowing 1.8 goals per game with a .940 save percentage.
INJURIES: Avalanche: Martin Kaut: retired (upper body), JT Compher: retired (upper body), Nathan MacKinnon: retired (lower body).