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Avalanche Visits Jets on Valentine's Day

It is Colorado's third trip to Winnipeg this season

by Dan Vatch / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche (22-23-11) takes to the road for a one-game trip to face the Winnipeg Jets (36-18-3) at Bell MTS Place at 6 p.m. MT on Thursday. This is the third of five meetings this season between the Central Division foes.

The Avs are 19-18-6 all-time against the Winnipeg franchise. Gabriel Landeskog has 17 career points (six goals, 11 assists) in 26 games against the Jets to pace the club. This season, Carl Soderberg (one goal, two assists) and Tyson Barrie (three assists) share the team lead with three points in the two previous games against the Jets.

The Avalanche is playing on Valentine's Day for the fifth straight year and for the 10th time since moving to Denver in 1995 (4-4-1 record).

Colorado returns home on Saturday for a matinee with St. Louis at 1 p.m. MT at Pepsi Center, the first of a three-game homestand.

Last Time Out

On Tuesday, the Avalanche fell 5-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Pepsi Center. Alexander Kerfoot registered a goal and an assist for his eighth multi-point game of the season, and defenseman Ryan Graves added his third goal of the year. Samuel Girard recorded two helpers for his third contest of the 2018-19 campaign with multiple assists. Semyon Varlamov made 13 saves and Philipp Grubauer stopped 10 shots in a relief appearance between the pipes for Colorado.

The Central Division-leading Jets beat the New York Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday at Bell MTS Place. Mark Scheifele posted a three-point game with two goals and a helper, while Andrew Copp and Joe Morrow each added a marker. Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for Winnipeg and now shares third in the league with 26 wins this season.

Last Time They Met

The Jets were victorious in the last meeting with the Avalanche on Jan. 8 at Bell MTS Place, winning 7-4. Gabriel Landeskog netted two markers while Carl Soderberg posted a goal and an assist. Tyson Barrie and Nathan MacKinnon each registered a two-helper outings, while Matt Calvert, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen added one assist each. Ryan Graves added a marker, and goaltender Phillip Grubauer stopped 14 shots in net for Colorado. Blake Wheeler paced Winnipeg with a four-point night (one goal, three assists), and Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves for the Jets. 

What To Watch

On The Road Again

The Avalanche has earned points in four of its last five contests away from Pepsi Center. This season, the club has registered 30 of its 55 points in road contests, tied for third among Central Division teams.

Upcoming Milestones

Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen are both within reach of milestones for career scoring. Landeskog currently has 398 points (172 goals, 226 assists) and is in his eighth NHL season, all with the Avalanche. Rantanen has compiled 197 points (73 goals, 124 assists) since his league debut during the 2015-16 campaign.

Players To Watch

Colorado: Center Carl Soderberg

The Malmo, Sweden, native shares the team lead with three points (one goal, two assists) in two games against the Jets this season. His 18 goals this year are already a career best, and his 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists) rank fifth on the team. Soderberg, who is in his fourth season with Colorado, posted a career-high 51 points (12 goals, 39 assists) during the 2015-16 campaign.

Winnipeg: Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound blueliner leads his team and ranks 15th in the league with 24:26 of ice time per game. He has 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) this season, his sixth consecutive campaign reaching that mark for the Jets. Byfuglien has played in each of Winnipeg's last four games after missing more than five weeks with an injury.


View: Avalanche at Jets Projected Lineup

The Details

Thursday's clash between the Avalanche and Jets is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT. The game can be watched locally on Altitude or streamed on select devices with the AltitudeNOW app (in market) or NHL.tv (out of market). The radio broadcast can be heard on Altitude Sports Radio FM 92.5 in the Denver area or online at ColoradoAvalanche.com.

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