Colorado (29-11-2) at Los Angeles (20-15-5)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Thu Jan 29, 2004
  • TV: FSRM, FSW
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If there was any question regarding Peter Forsberg’s health, he answered it in his first two games back from a groin injury.

The star center hopes to continue his strong play when the NHL-leading Colorado Avalanche visit the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Forsberg, who missed four straight games with the nagging groin problem, has come back with a vengeance, scoring two goals in consecutive games, including Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over Edmonton.

Forsberg also tallied twice and added an assist against Pittsburgh on Saturday, and scored another pair in his last game before the injury, Jan. 15 against Dallas.

“We are used to seeing this a lot,” Colorado’s Milan Hejduk said of Forsberg, who has nine goals and 12 assists in his last 10 games.

“He’s just an unbelievable player. When things are not going well, he steps up and makes a play and scores a goal or makes an unbelievable pass.”

Despite his torrid scoring pace, Forsberg was his own worst critic after Tuesday’s win.

“I scored a couple of goals, but it was my fault on their goal,” Forsberg said. “I was dead tired, to be honest with you, in the first period. I can be better. It was just two lucky goals. I’ll keep working and get back into condition.”

Forsberg has played just 24 games this season due to the injury, but has 14 goals and 41 points.

Colorado is unbeaten in its last five (4-0-1), and boasts an 11-1-1-1 mark in January. The Avalanche’s lone regulation loss this month was a 2-1 home setback to San Jose on Jan. 17. Colorado is 5-0-1 on the road since a 4-3 overtime loss at Nashville on Jan. 8.

While the Avalanche battle for the top seed in the Western Conference, the Kings are just trying to keep pace in the race for the final postseason spot.

Joe Corvo’s overtime goal lifted Los Angeles to a 4-3 win over Anaheim on Wednesday, moving the Kings into an eighth-place tie with Nashville.

Roman Cechmanek made his 200th career start and stopped 22 shots for the Kings.

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