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Preview: Avalanche at Lightning

“It takes a lot of will and skill to be around the net like that, and (Gourde is) definitely willing to do that,” Lightning left wing Chris Kunitz told reporters. “He’s scored some big goals for us.” Gourde has provided a boost of energy and owns three points in two games since moving to center on the third line while Tampa Bay hopes it can continue to get solid secondary scoring when they take on the struggling Avalanche. Colorado has lost all three games in December and went 1-4-0 on its just-completed homestand after suffering a 4-2 defeat Tuesday against the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres. “It was unfortunate because we were good at home all year, and we had four games here where we couldn’t get the job done,” Avalanche rookie center Alex Kerfoot told reporters. “We’re going on the road now. We have to find a way to turn it around.”<BR><BR><STRONG>TV:</STRONG> 7:30 p.m. ET, Altitude (Colorado), FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)