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NHL Announces Three Avalanche Games Postponed, Targets April 21 Return

April 21 is target date for the team's return to practice. Tickets for home games will be valid for any rescheduled dates

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

The National Hockey League announced today that, as a result of a third Colorado Avalanche Player entering the NHL's COVID Protocols earlier today, the team's games tonight and Sunday vs. Los Angeles as well as April 20 against St. Louis will be postponed. Pending test results in the coming days, it is expected that the Avalanche will be able to re-open their facilities for practice on Wednesday, April 21, with a return to game action on April 22 vs. St. Louis. The decision was made by the League's, NHLPA's and Club's medical groups.

The Avalanche organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.

Tickets for the games versus the LA Kings on Friday, April 16th and Sunday, April 18th will be valid for any rescheduled dates. Fans who purchased tickets for the impacted games will receive an email with additional details.

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Avs Open Two-Game Set at Home vs. Kings

Colorado faces L.A. for the fifth time this season

by Andy Vernier / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Friday in the first contest of a two-game set at Ball Arena.

The Avs earned their fourth straight victory on Wednesday with a 4-3 win at the St. Louis Blues, improving to 30-9-4 on the season and 12-5-2 on the road. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk got his first start in between the pipes in an Avalanche sweater and subsequently collected his first victory for the club, stopping 31-of-34 shots. Liam O'Brien registered his first career multi-point game with two assists, while Mikko Rantanen (one goal, one assist) and J.T Compher (one goal, one assist) each put together two-point efforts as well. Nathan MacKinnon finished with an assist to extend his point streak to a league-long 11 games and assist streak to six matchups. Brandon Saad notched a goal for the second consecutive game and tallied his first game-winning marker of the campaign.

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Dubnyk Wins First Start with Avalanche

Goaltender made 31 saves in first game after trade

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It wasn't the plan for Devan Dubnyk to get the start in St. Louis, but the goaltender with more than 500 games in the league was ready when Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar had to go with him.

"He's an experienced guy, he's played against St. Louis before. He played in this building already this year," Bednar said. "When you got to lean on guys, you want to be leaning on your veteran players, and that's what he was brought in to do."

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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 4, Blues 3

Colorado scores four times in second to defeat St. Louis

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche scored three goals in the second period and won 4-3 versus the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday at Enterprise Center.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, J.T. Compher, Mikko Rantanen and Brandon Saad recorded goals for the Avs. Compher and Rantanen both added an assist each while Liam O'Brien (two assists) also had a multi-point outing.

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Dubnyk Excited For Opportunity With Familiar Avs

Colorado acquired the goaltender from San Jose on Saturday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Devan Dubnyk had never worn the burgundy and blue unlike the Colorado Avalanche's other trade deadline acquisitions, but the Avs' newest goaltender is very familiar with the squad.

"It's crazy to think back at all the rowdy nights we had on the other side in Denver," said Dubnyk. "I am excited to play in front of some home fans, obviously haven't had that opportunity this year. It is an exciting opportunity for me, obviously one of the best teams in the league. I've been on the other side of the fire power many times, so it's nice to be on the right side."

Since entering the league in 2009-10, Dubnyk has played in 537 games and has a 250-204-54 record with a 2.60 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 33 shutouts with the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Blues (April 14, 2021)

Colorado plays in St. Louis for the first time this season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche looks to extend its three-game winning streak tonight as it takes on the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center.

Colorado is coming off a 4-2 win on Monday at home against the Arizona Coyotes, while St. Louis has won three straight games to get back in the playoff hunt in the West Division.

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Avs Head to St. Louis to Face Blues

Colorado has won three games in a row

by Andy Vernier / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After returning home for one game, the Colorado Avalanche hits the road again to face off against the St. Louis Blues for the fifth time this season and the first meeting at Enterprise Center.

Colorado (29-9-4) continued its home success on Monday with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes to extend its season-long, home point streak to 13 games (12-0-1). Mikko Rantanen tallied twice and notched his sixth game-winning goal of the season--second on the squad behind Gabriel Landeskog. Nathan MacKinnon extended his point streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist as Cale Makar (two assists) also collected a multi-point outing. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was sharp once again, denying 35-of-37 shots to earn his 25th win of the season and tie Andrei Vasilevskiy for the league lead.

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Colorado's Top Line Continues Scoring Ways vs. Coyotes

Each member of the top line has 32 points since March 1

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche's top line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen makes up the NHL's top three leading scorers since March 1, and their offensive success continued on Monday.

Rantanen scored twice, MacKinnon had a goal and an assist and Landeskog contributed a helper as the Avs earned a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Ball Arena.

"Key for us was our top guys got the job done. I thought the MacKinnon line was exceptional, (Cale) Makar was really good, [Philipp Grubauer] was probably our best player," said head coach Jared Bednar. "Those guys getting the job done, and special teams were good; I liked our penalty kill a lot and power play moved the puck around pretty good… Sticking with it and grinding through what wasn't an easy night for us I don't think. I don't think we had a ton of energy throughout our lineup, but like I said, the top guys were real good and got us the win."

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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 4, Coyotes 2

Nathan MacKinnon extends point streak to 10 games, Mikko Rantanen hits 300 career points

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche earned a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday at Ball Arena to finish the season with a 6-1-1 mark against the Coyotes.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to push his point streak to 10 games (seven goals, 10 assists), the longest active streak in the NHL and the longest by an Avalanche player in 2020-21. Mikko Rantanen found the back of the net twice and now has 25 goals this year and 300 points in his career.

Cale Makar also had a multi-point game with two assists in the victory. It was his seventh game this year with more than a point and his fifth outing with two or more helpers. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 35-of-37 saves and Brandon Saad opened the game's scoring with his 13th of the year.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Coyotes (April 12, 2021)

Philipp Grubauer to start in net

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Philipp Grubauer will be between the pipes this evening when the Colorado Avalanche returns to Ball Arena for one game against the Arizona Coyotes.

The goaltender did not dress for the first time this season on Sunday when the Avs picked up a 4-1 win at the Anaheim Ducks to conclude a four-game road trip. Jonas Johansson made 24-of-25 saves in the win and was backed up by Devan Dubnyk, who Colorado acquired from the San Jose Sharks in a trade on Saturday.

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