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Johnson Could Return Saturday Against Sabres

The Avalanche defenseman has missed the last 35 games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Defenseman Erik Johnson knows what the deal is for a professional hockey player. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your body for the good of the team.

That's what he did when he blocked a Tyler Seguin slap shot in front of the net during the Colorado Avalanche's game against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 3. Johnson denied the chance and the Avs soon cleared puck, but he broke his fibula in the process and has been on the shelf ever since.

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Rantanen Looking Comfortable At The NHL Level

The forward scored Tuesday and now has 11 points in the last 13 games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen is starting to figure out this whole NHL thing.

While the rookie has shown brilliance throughout the season, many times those moments came in spurts. After recording his 14th goal of the year and 11th point in the last 13 games on Tuesday night, it's safe to say he's found consistency to his game.

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Kings defeat Avalanche, end losing streak

Peter Budaj makes 24 saves to help Los Angeles stop three-game skid

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Peter Budaj made 24 saves to help the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter got his 215th win to tie Andy Murray for most in Kings history. He coached his 1,262nd NHL game to tie Jacques Lemaire for 13th place on the all-time list.

"Had some good teams, good players," Sutter said.

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Defense Looks To Step Up In Zadorov's Absence

Nikita Zadorov is out for the season with an ankle injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche defensive corps will have to step up in the wake of Nikita Zadorov's injury that will force him to miss the remainder of the regular season.

Zadorov was involved in a collision and got tangled up with Mikko Rantanen during Monday's practice, resulting in both young players falling to the ice. The big defenseman from Moscow, Russia, took the brunt of the load, fracturing his ankle in the process.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - Feb. 21

Colorado has three games this week

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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PUTTING IN EXTRA TIME: The Avalanche played consecutive overtime games for the first time this season, going to extra time on Friday in Carolina and Sunday against Tampa Bay. Colorado is now 6-2 in overtime, 0-1 in shootouts and 6-3 overall when playing beyond 60 minutes. Mikko Rantanen scored his first career overtime goal on Friday in Carolina, becoming the third-youngest Avalanche player to score an OT winner in the regular season.

LANDESKOG REACHES 400: Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog appeared in his 400th NHL game on Feb. 14 at New Jersey. Landeskog, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, became the first player from that draft class to reach 400 contests and has the most career points from the 2011 class with 269 (111g/158a).

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Avs And Kings Close Season Series At Pepsi Center

Colorado and Los Angeles have each won once in meetings this year

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings will play for the third and final time this season on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It's the second meeting of the season series in the Mile High City, where Colorado won the first matchup 4-1 on Nov. 15.

The teams have split the first two games of the 2016-17 series with the home team picking up the victory in each matchup. Colorado is 36-38-9 all-time against the Kings with a 22-17-1 record on home ice in the overall series.

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Zadorov Out For The Season With Ankle Injury

Erik Johnson and Rene Bourque are progressing

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced.

The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill.

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Third-Period Comeback Falls Short

The Avs fought back to force OT on Sunday

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

When Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov beat Colorado Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard with a weak shot to deliver a 2-0 lead roughly halfway through Sunday's game at Pepsi Center, the Avs certainly could have fallen apart.

Having gone 1-4 on the recent season-long, five-game game road trip along the East Coast, the only thing the Avalanche had going for it was a big 2-1 victory in overtime at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

Perhaps that confidence was enough for Colorado, which refused to lie down and let a hungry Lightning squad skate away with an easy triumph. The home team went into the dressing room at the second intermission and vowed to do better than it had in the first two frames.

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Lightning defeat Avalanche in overtime

Jonathan Drouin scores at 2:27; Ben Bishop makes 27 saves for Tampa Bay

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Jonathan Drouin scored at 2:27 of overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Sunday. 

Drouin stole the puck from Matt Nieto in the Avalanche end and put a move on goalie Calvin Pickard before scoring inside the right post for his 17th goal.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 19

The Jr. Avs bid farewell to Quebec City

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The final day in Quebec City brought many emotions for the Jr. Avalanche.

Most players and their billet families returned to the Videotron Centre one final time to watch the AA Championship. Two local Quebec teams faced off in the Final, and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 5-2. The Videotron Centre was packed with over 8,000 fans in attendance to watch the Championship games throughout the day.

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