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Action-Packed Friday Night

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Big Weekend For Avs, USA Hockey

While the Avs/Canadiens game will be full of excitement, it’s also just one part of the second annual Hockey Weekend Across America. The weekend kicks off with “Wear Your Jersey Day,” but that’s only the beginning of USA Hockey’s (and the Avalanche’s) plans.

Saturday: Bring a Friend to the Rink
Hyland Hills Hockey will host a OneGoal Skate for any child interested in playing ice hockey. The OneGoal program strives to introduce hockey to young people through introductory hockey and skating lessons. The OneGoal sessions will be from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Westminster Promenade Ice Center.

Sunday: Local Hockey Heroes Day
Youth players are invited to send an email to heroes@pepsicenter.com, explaining who their hockey hero is and why. This person can be a favorite coach, timekeeper, official, player or anyone else that is influential in the youth player's hockey life.

There will be various prizes awarded to three lucky winners.

For more information on the OneGoal Skate or the Local Hockey Heroes contest, click here.

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With a historic evening on tap Friday, ColoradoAvalanche.com is here to help you keep track of everything going on in conjunction with the Montreal Canadiens’ visit to Pepsi Center and USA Hockey’s second annual Hockey Weekend Across America.

On Friday, the Avalanche will host Montreal for the first time in more than three years. Montreal last paid a visit to Pepsi Center on Jan. 11, 2006, a 2-1 Avalanche victory.

With special deals on tickets, plenty of jerseys in the stands, a storied franchise making a rare stop in Denver and a “flashback” style of television broadcasting, there will be no lack of activity Friday.

Special Ticket Offer
As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, the Avalanche will celebrate Friday’s “Wear Your Jersey Day” with a special ticket offer.

Children 16 and younger wearing their youth team jersey will receive a free ticket to the Montreal game with the purchase of an adult ticket. This special offer is only available at the Pepsi Center box office, beginning at noon on Friday, Feb. 13. Parents, as a heads-up, your child must be wearing their youth team jersey when purchasing the tickets.

If you’re not planning on participating in “Wear Your Jersey Day”, a limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at any time. Don’t miss your chance to see the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center!

Don’t Adjust Your Sets
If you can’t make it to Friday’s game, be sure to tune into Altitude to catch a special broadcast of the Montreal/Colorado matchup. And if things start to look a little strange in the second period, don’t bother calling your local cable provider.

In honor of the Canadiens' centennial season, Altitude will broadcast the second period of Friday's contest in black and white with an "old time" coverage style.

Altitude’s coverage will begin following an explanation from Mike Haynes and Peter McNab about the Canadiens’ 100th season and the history of the NHL on television. Changes that fans can look out for include fewer cuts and camera angles, older style graphics and simple dissolves to replays as opposed to animation.

Storylines to Watch For
-Peter Budaj will be Colorado’s starting netminder against the Canadiens. It will mark Budaj’s 41st start of the season and his 42nd appearance overall.

-T.J. Hensick and Adam Foote – the last two skaters on the ice during Thursday’s practice – will both be out of the lineup on Friday. Hensick was a healthy scratch on Wednesday night in Minnesota, while Foote has been sidelined since suffering a triceps injury on Jan. 4.

-Colorado and Montreal did not meet last season and thus are facing off for the first time overall since Oct. 21, 2006 at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens claimed an 8-5 victory in that contest.

-Since moving to Denver in 1995-96, the Avs are 10-3-3 against the Canadiens overall and 6-0-1 at home.

-Friday will be one of your last chances to see the Avalanche play at Pepsi Center for a while. After hosting the Canadiens, the Avs will play seven of their next eight contests on the road. The only home game in that stretch is a Feb. 17 matchup against Ottawa.
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