Early in the 2009-10 season, nearly every player in the Avalanche locker room talked about how the team’s seven-game road trip from Oct. 8-21 benefitted the club from a team-building standpoint.
Soon, the Avalanche will see another benefit of playing so many road games early in the season.
Tonight’s contest against the Carolina Hurricanes opened a three-game road trip – the longest remaining road swing on Colorado’s schedule. After Monday’s game against Calgary, the Avs don’t play more than two consecutive games away from Pepsi Center this season.
Following this trip, Colorado will have 22 games remaining at home (where the team holds an 11-6-2 record this season) and 13 more contests on the road (13-9-4 following tonight’s 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes).
Defenseman Derek Peltier was recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) yesterday and made his season debut tonight against the Hurricanes. The University of Minnesota product made his NHL debut last season, appearing in 11 games with Colorado. He was recalled earlier this season on Dec. 12 but didn’t appear in a game before being reassigned on Dec. 28.
Peltier was pressed into action because fellow blueliner John-Michael Liles missed tonight’s game due to an illness. The Plymouth, Minn., native saw 10:52 of ice time and registered one shot on goal.
In related news, defenseman Brett Clark was placed on IR yesterday (retroactive to Jan. 3) with an injury to his cheek. Clark joins forward Marek Svatos, who was placed on IR Wednesday (retroactive to Dec. 30) with a groin injury.
To complicate matters, captain Adam Foote left tonight’s game late in the second period with an injury and did not return. His status for Saturday’s game in Buffalo is uncertain.Prospects On The Move
A pair of Avalanche prospects switched junior teams yesterday, as the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts traded forward Kelsey Tessier and goaltender Peter Delmas in separate deals.
Tessier, selected by the Avalanche in the fourth round (110th overall) at the 2008 Entry Draft, was shipped to the Moncton Wildcats. The forward, who was actually born in Moncton, had recorded 41 points (12g/29a) in 39 games for the Remparts.
Delmas, tabbed by the Avalanche in the second round (61st overall) at the 2008 Entry Draft, was traded to the Halifax Mooseheads. In 27 appearances with Quebec this season, Delmas posted a 15-9-0 record with a 3.15 goals against average.
Delmas made his Halifax debut tonight, appearing in relief during the Mooseheads’ 4-1 loss to Montreal. Tessier could make his Moncton debut on Saturday, as the Wildcats host Acadie-Bathurst.
The trades have no bearing on their status with Colorado, as both players remain Avalanche prospects.