Work cut out for Canucks

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks will finish November by hosting the Colorado Avalanche at General Motors Place tonight (7 p.m. CKNW/TSN).

It'll be the teams' sixth meeting in the first two months of the National Hockey League season. Colorado, which leads the series 4-1, scored four first period goals in each of the last two wins over Vancouver.

"I don't think we've played any good games against them," said Canucks' captain Markus Naslund. "We've got to outwork them in every area to beat them."

Canucks' goaltender Alex Auld is the likely starter, as Dan Cloutier remains day-to-day with a swollen knee.

Forward Matt Cooke skated with the team yesterday, but is out of game action indefinitely. Cooke was placed on the injured reserve list Nov. 2 after breaking his jaw in practice.

If you miss tonight's matchup, you'll have to wait until 2006 to see Vancouver and Colorado do battle. They play Jan. 28 in Denver and April 15 - the regular season finale - in Vancouver.


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