Avs seek back-to-back victories

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The Colorado Avalanche will look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

Colorado (2-4-2) is coming off a 7-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Friday night. Winnipeg (2-5-0) meanwhile is 1-3-0 on home ice this season and have just one win in their last six.

Colorado had just 12 goals-for in their first seven games prior to the win over Vancouver.

“As an offensive team, you need to see pucks go in to get your confidence,” said Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. “We’ve had games where we probably could have scored that many goals and we didn’t. It’s frustrating (knowing that), and really nice to see all those go in.

“I know that everyone’s going to have a little more jump in their step. It bleeds into the next game.”

Colorado was 3-0-2 against the Jets last season with the final four games ending in overtime or a shootout.

Winnipeg has also struggled offensively averaging less than two goals per game while allowing nearly three.

Centre Bryan Little leads the Jets with four goals. Blake Wheeler has five goals and 10 assists in a seven-game point streak against Colorado.

The Jets recalled center Patrice Cormier from its’ American Hockey League affiliate on Saturday. Cormier had two goals in four games for the St. John’s IceCaps.

“Clearly there’s some good offense that’s being had by our team that’s not being converted into goals,” coach Paul Maurice told NHL.com. “There’s some guys up front who are really high-end skill level.

“We need that first aggressive push and then we need our people working real hard back to get it done.”

Semyon Varlamov (1-2-1) gets the Start for the Avalanche while Ondrej Pavelec (2-4-0) is the likely starter for the Jets.