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12/2/2006 10:47:48 AM


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Vancouver Canucks have lost three of their last four games, and will try to break out of their slump when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Vancouver's latest loss was a 2-1 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. The Canucks trailed, 1-0, when rookie defenseman Alexander Edler scored his first career goal early in the third period before Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf scored the game-winner just over four minutes later.

A problem for the Canucks this season - as well as in the loss to the Ducks - is a lack of offense. Vancouver entered the Anaheim game averaging only 2.20 goals-per-game, the 28th-lowest output in the league.

Vancouver has scored just three goals in its last four games.

The Avalanche go for their second straight win after an impressive 7-3 win over the Edmonton on Thursday.

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