Colorado (19-17-3) at Phoenix (20-17-2) 8:00 pm EST
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Joe Sakic's next goal will move
him alongside one of the smoothest players in NHL history.
Sakic can tie Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur for 18th place on the
all-time list with his 560th goal Saturday when the Colorado
Avalanche visit the Phoenix Coyotes.
A 12-time All-Star, Sakic is in his 17th season with the
Avalanche franchise and has two 50-goal seasons, including a
career-best 54 in 2001-2002. A three-time member of Canada's
Olympic Hockey Team, he has points in six of his last seven
Sakic and Alex Tanguay scored for the Avalanche, who lost for
the fifth time in six road games in Friday's 5-2 loss to the San
Although they have allowed 16 goals in their last three games,
the Coyotes have won two straight since coach Wayne Gretzky
returned following the death of his mother, Phyllis.
Keith Ballard scored his second goal of the game while
shorthanded in overtime and Ladislav Nagy added a goal and three
assists to lead Phoenix in Thursday's 6-5 triumph over the Los
Colorado has won both encounters against Phoenix this season,
including Monday's 7-4 victory. Sakic had two goals and an
assist as the Avalanche rallied from a three-goal deficit.