Ryan O'Reilly's return wasn't enough to help the Colorado Avalanche end their season-high road losing streak, but he's played a pivotal role in recent wins over the Detroit Red Wings.
The forward will try to lead the Avalanche to a third consecutive victory over Detroit and help them avoid a sixth straight defeat away from home Tuesday night.
O'Reilly, Colorado's leading scorer in 2011-12, missed nearly half of this shortened season while locked in a contract dispute. That ended when the Avalanche matched Calgary's two-year, $10 million offer Thursday.
The center made his season debut at the start of a three-game trip Sunday but did not record a point in Colorado's 2-1 overtime defeat to Columbus.
"He was like everybody else," coach Joe Sacco said. "We didn't get a lot of offensive production from our lines. We didn't generate a lot because we weren't skating the way we normally skate."
Colorado has scored seven goals in its last four road games but has earned one point in each...