The Colorado Avalanche (3-0-2) closes out the preseason with its sixth and final exhibition game Saturday night at American Airlines Center against the Dallas Stars (4-3)...Saturday's game is the final tune-up before the Avalanche opens the regular season on Wednesday night at Edmonton (8:00 p.m. MDT)...This is the second meeting of the preseason between Colorado and Dallas, as the Avs beat the Stars 4-2 in the exhibition opener on Sept. 17 at Pepsi Center...Saturday's game can he heard on the Altitude Radio Network, AM 950 The Fan, with Mike Haynes and Norm Jones on the call.
TENTH SEASON: The Avalanche is celebrating its 10th season of hockey in the Mile High City in 2005-06...Colorado opens the regular season with two road games (Oct. 5 at Edmonton and Oct. 8 at Dallas) before returning to Denver for the home opener on Oct. 10th (10/10) vs. Calgary...As part of the 10th anniversary celebration, the Avs will be offering fans a chance to win one of 10 prizes throughout the season, including exclusive team experiences, vacations and a new home courtesy of Amber Homes...Throughout the 2005-06 campaign, the Avs will unveil their Top Ten Moments of Avalanche Hockey...And to top it all off, the Avs community fund will go over the $10 million dollar mark in total funds raised over the past 10 years.
PK UNIT: The Avalanche has now killed off 18 consecutive opposing power play chances...Colorado held Los Angeles to 0-for-9 on the power play on Thursday after keeping Detroit without a PPG (0-for-5) on Tuesday...Colorado's PK unit ranks second in the NHL this preseason, allowing just two goals in 38 opportunities (94.7%), including one goal in 36 chances in regulation (97.2%).
BETWEEN THE PIPES: The Avalanche has posted a 1.94 team goals-against average this preseason, second best in the NHL behind Ottawa (1.83)...Colorado's goaltenders have combined to give up just 10 goals in five games while recording a .933 save pct.