Columbus (33-29-10) at Colorado (27-36-8)

By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN, STATS Senior Writer Monday, Mar 21, 2011 Puck Drop: 9:00 pm EDT Tue Mar 22, 2011

The Colorado Avalanche have matched the longest home losing streak in franchise history. They may have a good chance to snap it against an opponent they have dominated in Denver.

The Avalanche will be looking to end an eight-game home losing streak Tuesday night when they meet the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Colorado (27-36-8) ended a 10-game overall slide with Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win at Edmonton. The Avalanche avoided their first 11-game losing streak since a franchise-worst 14-game skid from Oct. 21-Nov. 19, 1990, when the club was based in Quebec.

“It’s a good feeling,” coach Joe Sacco said. “To get that weight off your shoulder feels good. The players feel pretty good right now. We can take a deep breath again, go back to work and win some games, put a streak together so we can finish the season off strong.”

The Avalanche haven’t won two straight since Jan. 14-18, and are 0-7-1 at home since a 4-3 victory over St. Louis on Jan. 24. The eight-game slide at home is their longest since moving to Denver, and matches the franchise mark set Oct. 21-Nov. 24, 1990.

Colorado still may feel good about its chances Tuesday. The Avalanche have won 16 of 19 at home against Columbus (33-29-10), and had won six straight overall in the series before a 3-1 road loss Feb. 11.

The Blue Jackets may be happy to be on the road after getting shut out for the second straight home game, losing 3-0 to New Jersey on Sunday. Columbus registered two shots on goal in the first period and finished with a season-low 13.

“Anytime you get shut out at home everybody is embarrassed by it,” coach Scott Arniel said. “There certainly weren’t a lot of opportunities for us offensively and we didn’t have any power plays, on a night when we’re tired it would be nice to have a few more power plays to generate offense that way.”

Captain Rick Nash(notes) broke out of an 11-game goal drought with two goals and two assists in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win at Minnesota, but he and the Blue Jackets were held in check a day later.

“We just couldn’t generate anything in their zone,” goalie Steve Mason(notes) said. “For a team that is looking for a playoff spot right now, the effort we put forth isn’t acceptable.”

Mason has posted a 5.08 goals-against average in losing his last five starts to Colorado. Mathieu Garon(notes) is 7-5-0 with a 3.30 GAA in 12 career starts against the Avalanche.

Brian Elliott(notes) made 31 saves Saturday to earn his first win with the Avalanche since coming over in a Feb. 18 trade from Ottawa. He was 0-5-1 with a 4.17 GAA in his first six starts with Colorado.

“It’s tough when you don’t get wins,” Elliott said. “It’s tough on the mind and even on the body. It wears on you a bit. You have to keep positive. It finally came and hopefully, we can keep it going and put together some wins at the end of the season.”

Elliott has faced Columbus twice, going 1-0-1 with a 2.47 GAA. Peter Budaj(notes) is 7-5-0 with a 2.26 GAA in 12 career starts against the Blue Jackets.

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