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(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche look to halt the Chicago Blackhawks' surge under Denis Savard when the two teams do battle this evening at the United Center.

Chicago has won three of its last four games and is 6-1-3 since Savard replaced Trent Yawney behind the bench on November 27. The Blackhawks maintained their strong recent form Saturday in Columbus, where Martin Havlat had a goal and two assists to lead the club to a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jackets.

Denis Arkhipov, Jeff Hamilton, and Tuomo Ruutu each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, while Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 32 shots in the win.

Chicago's Bryan Smolinski added a first-period goal to extend his point- scoring streak to seven games. The veteran forward has compiled three markers and five assists during that stretch.

Smolinski's tally capped a five-goal eruption for the Blackhawks in the opening session.

Chicago begins a three-game homestand tonight and is 7-6-1 at the United Center for the year.

The Avalanche have also been playing quite well as of late. Colorado has won a season-high three straight games and is coming off a 4-1 triumph over Edmonton Friday at the Pepsi Center.

Tyler Arnason netted a goal and an assist while Milan Hejduk, John-Michael Liles and Wojtek Wolski also lit the lamp for the Avs. Netminder Peter Budaj had a relatively easy night, needing to make just 18 saves for the game.

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