The Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes will square off at Pepsi Center on Thursday night, which is going to be a good night to catch a few of the games in the league.
And, of course, the NHL will be there with a lot of games.
Here are some key things to watch in the NHL on Thursday:*Pepsi Center will host 10 games on Thursday, and some of those games will be played on home ice.
For the first time in its history, the Pepsi Center will be playing two home games on one night in a row.
This marks the first-ever night in the history of the Pepsi Arena to play two home-and-home series in a single year.*The Pepsi Center hosted 11 games on Nov. 1-4, 2014, including two games on home soil.
That was the first season the arena hosted more than one game.
This year, it will host three games, which should be a little more than half of the regular season’s schedule.
The Pepsi Arena will host five games on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, and two on Thursday.
The last game will be a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday afternoon.*Arizona is coming off a 3:2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in their season opener.
They’ve won their last two games, and have lost two of their last three.
The Coyotes are 6-4-1 at home, but have a 6-7-3 record in their past nine road games.*St. Louis is coming back from a 3 1/2-game deficit in their game against the Dallas Stars, which gave them a 2-0 lead at the time of the game.
The Blues were shut out, but the Stars won in regulation.*This is the second game in a two-game series between the Anaheim Ducks and Arizona.
The Ducks won the first game 1-0 in Anaheim on Jan. 31.
The Avalanche won the second contest, 2-1, on Jan 1.*In the past three games against the Arizona Coyotes, the teams have combined for eight goals, 12 assists and 39 points.*It’s been a long road for the Ducks this season.
They lost eight straight games, including a four-game losing streak to start the year, and then they lost five straight, including the season-opening loss to Detroit.
The Ducks also lost three of four games on the road to the Colorado Avalanche, the first five-game road skid in franchise history.
They’re coming off the worst road trip in franchise annals.
The team went 4-4 on the four road trips.*Ducks forward Patrick Maroon has three goals in his past five games.
He has a goal and two assists in the past two games against Arizona.*Mariano is averaging 23:36 of ice time per game in Arizona.
He’s tied for second among forwards with six shorthanded goals.
He scored a goal in the first period against the Ducks, then a power-play goal in overtime.
He had two assists and two penalty minutes in the Coyotes game.*On the other side of the puck, center Ryan Murphy is scoring 14:35 of ice-time per game.
He leads the Ducks with 13 points.
He also has a plus-seven rating.*Murphy has four shots on goal in his last two starts against the Coyotes.
He is averaging 1:37 of ice in those starts.
He only has two shots on net in the four games he has played against the Avalanche.*Jakob Silfverberg is playing well, but hasn’t scored in his first five games against Colorado.
He hasn’t been able to find his game and has struggled in front of goal.
He recorded one assist in his final four games against Denver, and one in the last two.