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Colorado Closes Homestand Against Winnipeg

It is the second time the Avs and Jets face each other this week

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

In the second matchup between the two teams in a week's time, the Colorado Avalanche (24-24-11) hosts the Winnipeg Jets (36-19-4) at Pepsi Center on Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. MT start. 

Colorado is 20-18-6 all-time against the Jets franchise, which includes a 12-6-3 record on home ice. The contest marks the fourth time the clubs will face each other this year, with the fifth and the final meeting coming in the Avalanche's home regular-season finale on April 4 at Pepsi Center.

Following the game, the Avs begin a road back-to-back set starting Friday at the Chicago Blackhawks and finishing the following day at the Nashville Predators.

Last Time Out

On Presidents Day, the Avs hosted the Vegas Golden Knights at Pepsi Center for only the second time ever during the regular season and won 3-0. Tyson Jost opened the scoring, as he found the back of the net at 6:36 of first period for his seventh tally of the campaign. In the middle stanza, Gabriel Landeskog notched his 400th career point with an assist on Andrew Agozzino's first career NHL goal, and Matt Calvert secured the win for the Avalanche with a third-period tally. Semyon Varlamov stopped all 40 shots he faced, earning his 25th career shutout in his seventh consecutive start. 

The Jets lost 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators in overtime on Saturday. Both Brandon Tanev (one goal, one assist) and Tyler Myers (two goals) notched multiple points in the outing, but it was not enough to overcome Ottawa after Ryan Dzingel scored at 3:44 of OT. Winnipeg went 4-of-7 on the penalty kill versus the Senators, and goaltender Laurent Brossoit made 37 saves.

Last Time They Met

On Valentine's Day last Thursday, the Avs picked up a 4-1 victory at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. Dominic Toninato scored his first NHL goal to open the scoring, and Landeskog followed soon after by tallying his career-high 30th of the season. The Jets answered 24 seconds later with a marker from Tanev, but that was the only shot that got past Varlamov, who finished with 24 saves. Colorado's J.T. Compher took advantage of a Jets power play early in the second period and scored this third short-handed goal of the campaign while on a breakaway. During a delayed penalty call late in the third stanza, Sven Andrighetto scored the final goal of the game to give the Avalanche the three-goal win. The Avs outshot the Jets 35-25 and killed all four of the Jets' power-play opportunities. Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.

What To Watch

Shutdown PK

The Avalanche was perfect on the penalty kill on Monday, shutting down all four man-down binds and extending the team's penalty-kill streak to three games (11-for-11). The Avs have nullified 28 penalties in February, the second most in the league during the month. J.T. Compher netted his third short-handed marker of the year in the previous outing against Winnipeg and is tied for fourth in the league for the category. The Avalanche squad is tied for fifth in the NHL after netting with eight total short-handed tallies this season.

Goals Galore

Matt Calvert's marker in the third period on Monday brought the Avalanche's season total to 73 goals in the final frame, tied for fourth in the league. Colorado is also tied for fourth in the NHL with 47 tallies scored on the power play this year and ranks 10th overall in goal scoring with 189 this season. The Avs have scored three or more goals in five of their last eight games.

Players To Watch

Colorado: Forward Andrew Agozzino

Agozzino made a splash in his season debut on Monday with the Avalanche, registering both his first career goal and multi-point contest (one goal, one assist). The forward has spent the majority of his career in the minors, and his 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) with the Colorado Eagles his year currently ranks fifth overall in the American Hockey League. He represented the Eagles at his second career AHL All-Star Classic last month.

Winnipeg: Forward Brandon Tanev

Tanev has registered two goals and an assist in the past two outings, bringing his season total to 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 59 matchups. The Toronto, Ontario, native is in his fourth and highest-scoring season with Winnipeg. The forward has played eight career games against Colorado and has notched three points (one goal, two assists) over that span.

The Details

Wednesday's matchup between the Avalanche and Jets is slated for 6:30 p.m. MT. The game can be watched locally on Altitude and 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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