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MacKinnon To Return Sunday Against Oilers

The Avalanche forward has missed the last eight games with an upper-body injury

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The wait is over. MacK is back.

Nathan MacKinnon will return to the Colorado Avalanche's lineup for Sunday's game versus the Edmonton Oilers after being out for nearly three weeks.

Head coach Jared Bednar confirmed after Saturday's practice at Family Sports Center that the Colorado center will suit up for the Sunday matinee. MacKinnon missed eight full contests with an upper-body injury.

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Mistakes Hurt Avs Versus Jets

Colorado falls 6-1 in Winnipeg

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche had too many errors at the Winnipeg Jets on Friday and fell 6-1 at Bell MTS Place.  

"It was a big game. We were in position that if we win it then we can get up into a playoff spot possibly tonight," said Colorado head coach Jared Bednar. "I didn't really love our first period, and actually strangely enough I liked our second period better than our first, [even though] we gave up three goals. But some of the mistakes we made tonight, you just can't have them. Win a faceoff on the power play, and it ends up in the back of our net.

"It's things like that I just didn't think we were real crisp on. Final 40 minutes I liked the way we competed, but a couple of our mistakes came back to bite us tonight. It is what it is. We got to move on and get ready for the next one."

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Hellebuyck wins 30th of season, Jets defeat Avalanche

Wheeler scores twice, Scheifele has three assists for Winnipeg

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his 30th win of the season to help the Winnipeg Jets defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-1 at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

Blake Wheeler scored two goals and had one assist, Mark Scheifele had three assists, and Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets (34-15-9), who moved into a tie with the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division.

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Jets Provide Tough Task For Colorado

Colorado is getting ready to play at Winnipeg for the second time this season

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

For the second time in less than two weeks, the Colorado Avalanche will play the division-rival Winnipeg Jets away from Pepsi Center.

Tonight's matchup won't be easy as Winnipeg has the fourth best home record in the league, going 21-5-2 at Bell MTS Place.

"This is a tough building to come in and win," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar after morning skate. "We are having some trouble winning in here, and there are a lot of teams that are coming in and [having trouble]. It's one of the top teams in our conference and you have to be at your best to play these guys."

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Colorado Wraps Up Season Series With Jets

It is the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this campaign

by Scott MacDonald / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After one outing at home, the Colorado Avalanche hits the road for a quick, one-game trip at the Winnipeg Jets. The Avalanche are in the midst of playing eight straight against Canadian teams.

Colorado is 19-15-6 all-time against the Jets, including a 7-9-3 record in Winnipeg. This is the fourth and final contest between the clubs this campaign and the second in Winnipeg. The Avalanche won both matchups in the Mile High City and fell in the first outing at the Jets.

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Comeau, MacKinnon Return To Practice

Comeau could play in Winnipeg, MacKinnon questionable for Edmonton

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Some familiar faces returned as full participants to the Colorado Avalanche's on-ice session at Family Sports Center on Thursday.

Colorado forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Blake Comeau partook in the team's optional practice before the Avs departed for a one-game trip to the Winnipeg Jets.

Comeau has missed three contests after he suffered a lower-body injury at the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 8, and MacKinnon has been out since Jan. 30 with an upper-body ailment.

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Varlamov Leads Avs To 10th Straight Home Win

The Avalanche is unbeaten at home since Dec. 27

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It had been six weeks since Semyon Varlamov guarded the pipes at Pepsi Center, and it didn't take long for the Colorado Avalanche goaltender to return to his acrobatic ways on his home ice.

Varlamov stopped all 44 shots he faced Wednesday to help the Avalanche shutout the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in a Valentine's Day matchup.

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Varlamov makes 44 saves, Avalanche shut out Canadiens

Colorado ties franchise record with 10th straight home win

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves for the Colorado Avalanche, who tied a franchise record with their 10th straight home win, 2-0 against the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

The Quebec Nordiques won 10 straight at home in 1983-84 and 1994-95.

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Home Streak On The Line In Milestone Game

Avalanche looks to continue home success as it hosts the Canadiens

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

During a stretch that has the Colorado Avalanche playing away from Pepsi Center for most of the month of February, taking advantage of its home contests is paramount.

The team has done a good job of doing that so far. The Avs are 19-7-1 at their own barn and rank tied for ninth in the league in home points with 39 after 27 contests. Colorado has won nine consecutive games in a row at Pepsi Center and will look to tie the franchise record of 10 this evening when it hosts the Montreal Canadiens.

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Colorado Faces Montreal On Valentine's Day

The Avs host the Canadiens after coming back from a three-game road trip

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche returns home from a three-game road trip to host the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center on Wednesday night. The game is the start of a stretch in which the Avalanche will play eight straight contests against teams from north of the border.

The Avalanche is 17-8-3 all-time against Montreal (since 1995-96) but has been more successful at home in the series, going 10-2-1 at its friendly confines. Colorado has won four of the last five meetings at Pepsi Center.

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