Avs continue homestand against Coyotes

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Avalanche look to secure a second straight victory on Monday evening when the resume their homestand against the Arizona Coyotes.

The Avalanche halted a costly four-game slide with Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Colorado has dropped each game of its losing streak in regulation and sits eight points back of a wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Four different skaters lit the lamp and Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves in the win over the Stars. Gabriel Landeskog, Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla and Dennis Everberg all scored.

The marker was Iginla's 578th career goal, moving him past Mark Recchi into 19th place on the all-time list. He tops Colorado with 18 goals and is tied along with Tanguay for the team lead with 38 points.

"Definitely got a good break and was lucky on that goal. We had a good start tonight and now we have to go get a string of wins," Iginla said. "We know where we are in the standings and we know what we have to do. Everyone is ready."

Colorado plays the third of a four-game homestand tonight and figures to start Varlamov, who is 4-5-1 lifetime versus the Coyotes with a 3.14 goals against average and .899 save percentage.

Varlamov did not face the Coyotes on Nov. 25 when the Avalanche recorded a 4-3 victory in overtime at Arizona. That win came in the first of three meetings this season and was the Avs' fourth in the previous five meetings with the Coyotes.

Colorado has lost five of the past seven at home in this series.

Danny Briere had the winner in overtime and Landeskog scored twice, while Mike Smith made 30 saves in defeat for the Coyotes, who got goals from Antoine Vermette, Michael Stone and Tobias Rieder.

Smith is 8-1-4 with a 2.02 GAA and .935 save percentage lifetime versus the Avalanche and is coming off a 5-1 setback to the New York Rangers on Saturday. Smith allowed all five goals -- four in the third period -- on 33 shots.

Vermette had the lone goal and Rieder was involved in a key part of the game as he had a penalty shot denied 6:20 into the third period and Arizona down by only one goal.

"If I score the game goes in a different direction maybe," said Rieder. "They get a couple of good chances, lucky bounces and they just buried those chances."

Arizona lost its seventh in a row at home and will play five of its next six on the road.