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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Predators

Semyon Varlamov will start for the second consecutive night

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche isn't expected to make any changes to its lineup for tonight's game versus the Nashville Predators. That means goaltender Semyon Varlamov will get the start for the second consecutive night after he made 44 saves in the Avs' 4-1 win on Thursday at the St. Louis Blues.

Varlamov has played in 15 straight outings, while goalies Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond are both out with head injuries.

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Avalanche Hosts Predators in Second Half of Back-to-Back

Colorado defeated St. Louis 4-1 on Thursday

by Danielle Bernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche returns home to host the Nashville Predators on Friday night, the fourth and final matchup between the Avs and the Central Division leaders.

Colorado is 0-2-1 against Nashville this season, falling in overtime in the last meeting on March 4 and is 18-16-5 all-time against the Predators at Pepsi Center.

The Avs have four remaining regular-season games against division opponents and have gained points in nine consecutive games (6-0-3), their second-longest streak of the season (10-0-0, Dec. 29-Jan. 22).

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MacKinnon Sparks Avs In St. Louis

Forward stretches point streak to 10 games while Avalanche is now 6-0-3 in its last nine outings

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Nathan MacKinnon got the Colorado Avalanche started and helped the club pick up the win in one of the toughest arenas in the league.

The Colorado center and Hart Trophy candidate for NHL MVP scored the first two goals and had an assist Thursday night in the Avs' 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues, ending a five-game losing streak at Scottrade Center.

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Avalanche Up For Another Tough Challenge

Colorado looks to make some space against the St. Louis Blues in the playoff race

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche's recent history against the St. Louis Blues doesn't matter much tonight. For the club, it's about earning two points and continuing to gain an edge in the Western Conference playoff race. 

Colorado presently holds the second wild-card spot in the west and is chasing and being chased by several clubs that are looking to play past the first week of April. The Avs are one point behind the Dallas Stars for the first wild-card spot and three points behind the Minnesota Wild for third place in the Central Division and an automatic playoff bid. 

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Blues

Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov to play in 15th consecutive game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche will use the same lineup for tonight's game at the St. Louis Blues as it did in Tuesday's victory in Minnesota.

Colorado defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 on Tuesday night in St. Paul to stretch its unbeaten streak to eight games (5-0-3) and finish the season series versus its Central Division rival with a 3-0-1 record.

Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves in that contest and will get the start in net for the Avalanche for the second game in a row. It will be the 15th straight contest that he has guarded the pipes for Colorado, but the streak is still well short of his career high for consecutive games played of 22 (all starts) that he set from Jan. 15 to March 8, 2015.

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Colorado Begins Back-To-Back Set In St. Louis

The Avalanche and Blues square off for the fourth time this season

by Taylor Hodapp /

The Colorado Avalanche continues its two-game road trip on Thursday as it takes on the St. Louis Blues. This will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season and the third and final outing at Scottrade Center. The series concludes in the Mile High City on April 7 and serves as each squad's last contest of the 2017-18 regular season.

Thursday is the first half of a back-to-back for the Avalanche, as it hosts the Nashville Predators on Friday night at Pepsi Center.

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Compher Helps Avs Defeat Wild In Minnesota

The rookie recorded his first multi-goal game

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Rookie forward J.T. Compher showcased his offensive abilities with a two-goal outing on Tuesday to help the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

"It was nice to contribute tonight. It's been a little bit since I was had been able to get on the scoreboard," said Compher. "The first one, great play by [David Warsofsky] to get me the puck and both my linemates were driving to the net kind of threw the goalie off. And, we have talked about the power play, getting pucks to the net and bodies to the net, and the second one was just a result of that."

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Wild

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

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

The Colorado Avalanche faces the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center this evening to wrap up the four-game season series with its Central Division rival.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will start in net and appear in his 14th straight game. He has started in 11 of the Avs' last 13 games and owns a 18-13-6 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

The Wild hold the third position in the Central Division standings with 85 points, and the Avs are tied for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference but have the tiebreaker with more regulation and overtime wins.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 13

Colorado gets set for a four-game week

by Danielle Bernstein /

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Avalanche Notes

POWERING UP: The Avalanche has tallied a power-play goal in seven straight games (7/30, 23.3%), the first time they've done that since March 11-25, 2007. The Avs are 12-for-38 (31.6%) with the man advantage in their last 10 outings.

MacKINNON ON HOME ICE: Nathan MacKinnon leads the NHL in scoring at home with 59 points (23g/36a) in 32 contests, the most by a Colorado skater on home ice since Joe Sakic tallied 67 in 2000-01 and the most points by an NHL player in his own building since 2011-12 (Evgeni Malkin, 67).

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Avalanche Opens Road Trip Against Wild

Colorado concludes its road trip at St. Louis on Thursday

by Danielle Bernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche opens another short two-game road trip on Tuesday, this time starting with division rival the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. It's the fourth and final meeting between the teams, whose last matchup in St. Paul was on Nov. 24, a 3-2 shootout loss for the Avs.

The Avalanche is 2-0-1 in the 2017-18 series and have outscored the Wild by a combined score of 14-3 in the last two contests. Colorado is 20-19-9 as the road team in the all-time series.

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