The Colorado Avalanche have a pleasant dilemma to sort out.
Kolesnik was recalled from Tuesday from Lowell of the American Hockey League where he was 10-8-0 with a 2.80 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts.
The next night he turned aside 20 shots in a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins.
“We’re looking at a very interesting position at goaltending. The importance of it, we feel all three of them have the character to handle the situation,” Quenneville said.
Avs captain Joe Sakic was also impressed with the rookie.
“He played well, really well,” Sakic told the Denver Post. “He’s a big kid and (shooters) don’t see a lot of net. He played great positionally today. For a first game I’m sure he was nervous, but he played great.”
Sakic had two assists in the win over Boston. He enters this contest with five goals and six assists during a seven-game points streak.
Sakic has 13 goals and 35 points in 34 regular-season games against the Devils in his career.
New Jersey has scored three goals or less in five straight games.
“We’ve had our chances,” forward Scott Gomez said. “When the power play is going good, they bounce in off three or four guys. Now, sometimes, it looks like we just learned how to skate.”
New Jersey is 5-1-2 in its last eight home games against Colorado.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 8): Avalanche - 33 points, 3rd place, 5 PB, Northwest Division. Devils - 28 points, 4th place, 14 PB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Avalanche - Marek Svatos, 13 goals; Alex Tanguay, 21 assists and 32 points; Ian Laperriere, 50 PIM. Devils - Brian Gionta, 16 goals and 29 points; Gomez, 14 assists; Jamie Langenbrunner, 34 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 8): Avalanche - Power play: 19.1 percent (35 for 183), 8th in NHL (tied). Penalty killing: 84.6 percent (132 for 156), 6th (tied). Devils - Power play: 18.2 percent (29 for 159), 12th (tied). Penalty killing: 82.9 percent (112 for 135), 11th.
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Devils, 1-0-1.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Avalanche - 7-6-0 on the road; Devils - 8-5-1 at home.