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(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche will try to avoid a three-game skid tonight when they visit the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

The Avs started the new year off with three straight wins, but are 0-1-1 in their last two tests. Colorado dropped a shootout decision against Detroit on Tuesday and was pounded by the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius both scored two goals as Calgary slammed the Avalanche, 7-3, at the Pepsi Center.

Andrew Brunette notched a goal and an assist for Colorado, and Marek Svatos and Paul Stastny also scored.

Goaltender Peter Budaj, who had Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg slide the game- winning shootout goal past his outstretched pad in the team's 4-3 loss on Tuesday, had a tough game. Budaj allowed five goals on 17 shots and was pulled in the middle of the second period.

Jose Theodore did not fare much better. He allowed two goals on nine shots in relief.

Colorado begins a two-game California swing tonight and will also visit San Jose on Monday. The Avs are 10-9-1 on the road this season.

Anaheim won for just the second time in seven games Thursday, as it cruised to an easy decision in Dallas. Teemu Selanne recorded his 19th career hat trick to lead the Ducks to the 5-1 win at American Airlines Center.

Andy McDonald finished with four assists and Scott Niedermayer added a goal and an assist for the Ducks.

Niedermayer, the Norris Trophy winner for the 2003-04 season, has picked up the slack with fellow defenseman Chris Pronger out of the lineup due to a broken foot. Niedermayer has scored a point in eight straight games and has two goals and 10 assists during that stretch.

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