Blackhawks kick off circus trip in Colorado

Blackhawks kick off circus trip in Colorado
November 19, 2013, 9:00 am
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Nina Falcone

After sinking the Sharks in a 5-1 victory inside the United Center on Sunday night, the Blackhawks have hit the road and will face off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Catch all the action on CSN beginning at 7:30 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

The Blackhawks' circus trip is under way.

The defending Stanley Cup champions will be playing seven games in 12 days, beginning tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

This season has been all about change for the Avs, who are coming into Tuesday's game with a 14-5-0 record. After finishing the 2012-13 campaign dead-last in the Western Conference, Colorado got off to a drastically better start in October, winning 15 of their first 17 games.

[MORE: Blackhawks score five to sink Sharks on Sunday]

But the Blackhawks can expect to face a rather desperate team as the Avalanche have lost their last three games — most recently a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers — dropping them to fourth place in the Central Division.

"It's three in a row and people can start pushing the panic button, but we're not," Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog told reporters. "We're still committed as a group."

Their group has stayed committed despite the adversity they've faced this season. New head coach Patrick Roy has been quite the fiery presence for the Avalanche, who have already dealt with legal issues concerning goaltender Semyon Varlamov and are now without leading scorer Matt Duschene as he's expected to miss about a week with an oblique injury.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (11G, 10A), Patrick Sharp (7G, 13A), Jonathan Toews (10G, 9A), Marian Hossa (9G, 6A), Duncan Keith (1G, 14A)

Avalanche: *Matt Duschene (12G, 8A), Paul Stastny (7G, 8A), Gabriel Landeskog (6G, 9A), Ryan O'Reilly (8G, 6A), PA Parenteau (6G, 7A)

Goaltender matchup

Neither the Blackhawks nor Avalanche have officially announced their starting goaltenders. But it's likely Corey Crawford (.910 save percentage, 2.42 goals-against average) will face off against Varlamov (.927 save percentage, 2.28 goals-against average).

Coach Joel Quenneville said Annti Raana will see some action during the circus trip, but has not yet said when.

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