DENVER (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils try to avoid losing
consecutive games for just the second time this season on Sunday
as they finish a four-game road trip against the Colorado
Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
The Devils had their franchise record-tying 13-game unbeaten
streak snapped on Friday but has not lost back-to-back games
since October 18 and 22.
New Jersey is winless in its last two games after it was held
scoreless in a 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Friday.
The Devils managed 21 shots and went 0-for-3 on the power-play
and were shutout for the first time in the regular season since
December 18, 2002.
New Jersey had its 15-game regular-season road unbeaten streak
ended, losing away from home for the first time since March 13.
It is 5-1-3 on the road this season.
The Devils alsolost for the first time in five games against
Western Conference this season (3-1-1).
Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner suffered a bruised knee in
the first period and did not return. He returned to New Jersey
to be re-evaluated.
Colorado completed an unbeaten two-game road trip with a 4-1
victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
Joe Sakic had a goal and two assists as the Avalanche won for
the eighth time in their last 11 games (8-2-0-1).
Colorado continues to play without star center Peter Forsberg,
who has missed the last 12 games due to a groin injury.
Sakic has picked up the slack with 18 points in his last 15
games - seven goals and 11 assists.
Rob Blake had two assists and fellow defenseman Adam Foote added
one for the Avalanche, who have gotten an NHL-leading 58 points
from their defense.
New Jersey posted a 4-3 victory over Colorado in the first
meeting between the teams this season on November 1.