The Colorado Avalanche will be without captain and veteran defenseman Adam Foote for tonight's game against the Sabres in HSBC Arena. According to the Denver Post, Foote limped off the ice last night in Carolina with an undetermined ankle injury.
John-Michael Liles, sometimes mentioned in the past as a Sabres trade target, is back in tonight on the blueline after a bout with the flu. The 2006 U.S. Olympian missed 12 games this year due to injuries and has just three goals; he has scored in double figures three of the last four seasons.
Former Florida Panther Craig Anderson will be in goal for Colorado for the 38th time in the team's 46 games.. He got off to a wickedly hot start in October (10-2-2, 2.04, .939) that had him in conversation for the U.S. team but has cooled considerably since, going 10-9-3, 3.08 and .901 since the calendar hit November.
Colorado started the season 10-1-2 and was the surprise of the league after finishing last season 28th overall and dead last in the Western Conference. But it has been a .500 club (14-14-4) since Oct. 30. The Avs have dropped three of their last four.
The Sabres, of course, are going for their seventh straight win for the first time since December, 2006. They enter the game 7-0 against the West, the only team in the NHL with a perfect record against the opposite conference.
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