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Colorado's Homestand Continues Against Carolina

The Avalanche and Hurricanes close their season series

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche continues a four-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, who will be making their only visit to the Mile High City this season

The Avalanche is 10-1-3 all-time against the Hurricanes on home ice, including wins in 10 of their last 11 contests at Pepsi Center. The last time Colorado was defeated by the Carolina organization in regulation at home was Feb. 9, 1996, a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Whalers.

Carolina, which is closing out a two-game road trip against Colorado, enters Tuesday's game tied with New Jersey for seventh place in the Metropolitan Division. The Avs hold the seventh-place spot in the Central Division and are playing the second contest of a four-game homestand.

The Avalanche is in a stretch of playing three games in four nights.

Last Time Out

Colorado began the homestand with a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday evening. Despite outshooting the Blues 27-25, the Avs were unable to score on Jake Allen. The Avalanche also allowed two power-play goals on four St. Louis man-advantage opportunities.

The Hurricanes also played on Sunday and are coming off a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Arizona scored the first goal of the game early in the second period, but Carolina tallied the equalizer just 1:23 later and added another marker in the third to take the win.

Last Time They Met

Colorado won the first matchup of the series, a 2-1 overtime victory at PNC Arena on Feb. 17, which was the final outing of a season-long five-game road trip. Tyson Barrie and Jeff Skinner each potted goals in the opening period, and Mikko Rantanen tallied the game-winner in the extra frame, the first overtime goal of his young career.

What to Watch

Takeaways

Carolina paces the league with 651 takeaways this season, almost 100 more than the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs, who have 555 on the year. Individually, defenseman Jaccob Slavin has led the way with 64, which ranks second among all NHL skaters and first among the league's defensemen.

The Avs' 470 takeaways are tied with the Chicago Blackhawks for 11th in the league. Captain Gabriel Landeskog has 54 takeaways on the season, which puts him ninth among NHL skaters despite having played seven to 12 fewer games than anyone ranked ahead of him.

Busy March

As the 2016-17 regular season enters its final stretch, both the Avalanche and the Hurricanes are playing their busiest month of the season.

Colorado plays 16 games this month while the 'Canes play 17 contests in a 30-day span. Eight of the Avs' 13 remaining games this month will be played at Pepsi Center.

Player to Watch

Colorado: Left wing Gabriel Landeskog

The Avs captain has totaled four points in his last four outings. He's registered five points (one goal, four assists) in five career contests against the Hurricanes. Landeskog is tied for the team lead with four power-play goals this season and leads the Avalanche with 54 takeaways.

Carolina: Defenseman Jaccob Slavin

Slavin enters Tuesday's game riding a four-game assist streak (0-4-4). He leads all Canes skaters this season with a plus-14 rating, 126 blocked shots and 23:21 average time on ice per game. A Denver native, Slavin will be playing his first NHL game in his home state. He played two seasons at Colorado College from 2013-2015.

The Details

Tuesday night's game begins at 7 p.m. MT at Pepsi Center, and tickets are still available. The game will air live on Altitude TV, and the radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio AM950 or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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