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The Sports Network
3/2/2009 11:15:41 AM
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Bill Guerin will take a seat once again tonight as the Islanders captain awaits a trade as his New York Islanders play host to the Colorado Avalanche in a clash of teams battling for position in the NHL's draft lottery.

You can catch the game on TSN starting at 7pm et/4pm pt.  The game is also available on TSNHD.

Guerin was pulled out of the Isles warmup skate prior to Saturday's game against the Sabres to avoid potential injury as rumours swirled of his imminent trade. 

With no progress two days later, sources tell TSN that Guerin has become frustrated by the ongoing uncertainty and has done nothing to complicate, or stall the trade from going through.  Guerin and Islanders' general manager Garth Snow are continuing to wait for New York's trading partner to sign off on the deal. 

The identity of this mystery team is being concealed for fear the trade will fall apart, although speculation continues to point at the Washington Capitals.

Meanwhile the Colorado Avalanche are just trying to avoid tying their longest losing streak of the season. The Avs ended the month of February on a four-game losing streak, marking the third time the club has lost four straight in just over a month. Colorado, which is just 6-15-0 in its last 21 games, set a season-high with five consecutive losses from October 28-November 6.

Colorado will also be happy to end its longest road trip of the season tonight, as it plays the sixth and final game of the swing on Long Island. The Avs are 1-4 on the trek and are just 11-20-1 as the visiting club this season. In addition to losing four straight on the road, Colorado has also lost nine of its 11 games as the visitor.

Tonight's test pits the last place teams in each conference against one another. The Islanders are last in the NHL and the Eastern Conference with just 45 points, while Colorado is 15th in the West with 57 points.

The Avalanche have been outscored 10-1 in their last two games, as they were blanked by New Jersey, 4-0, on Thursday before getting handed a 6-1 thrashing Saturday against the New York Rangers. Scott Gomez posted a goal and two assists as the Rangers used a four-goal first period en route to the lopsided victory at Madison Square Garden.

Ryan Smyth notched the lone goal for the Avalanche. Starter Peter Budaj was victimized for three goals on nine shots in just over 13 minutes. Andrew Raycroft finished the game by allowing three goals on 21 shots.

The Islanders, meanwhile, are coming off a victory as they ended a two-game slide with Saturday's win over visiting Buffalo.

Yann Danis stopped 31 shots to secure his second consecutive home shutout and Sean Bergenheim scored twice as the Islanders beat the Sabres, 2-0, at the Coliseum.

Jack Hillen, Kyle Okposo, and Frans Nielsen each had an assist for the Islanders, who bounced back from a 5-4 defeat in a shootout against Toronto on Thursday.

Danis made a career-high 40 saves to earn his second career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Devils on February 21.

The Islanders are playing the third test of a season-high six-game homestand today and are 13-13-5 as the host this year. New York, which will host the rival Rangers on Thursday, has won six of its last nine games at the Coliseum.

New York is 3-0-1 with a tie in the last five meetings with the Avalanche, but Colorado ended a four-game series winless streak with an overtime victory in Denver the last time the clubs met on January 5 of the 2007-08 season. Colorado has lost four straight in the Coliseum.

Bill Guerin (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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