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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 11

Colorado takes on the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: The Avalanche's current roster features a combined 422 games of playoff experience, led by Derick Brassard with 90. Ian Cole is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2016 and 2017 with Pittsburgh), while Philipp Grubauer won the Stanley Cup with Washington last season.

OFF TO A FAST START: The Avalanche/Nordiques are 18-10 all-time in playoff series when winning the first game, 15-5 since moving to Denver.

POSTSEASON PRODUCTION: Nathan MacKinnon has 16 points (5g/11a) in 13 career playoff games. His 1.23 points-per-game average is tied with Leon Draisaitl for the second highest of any active player, trailing only David Pastrnak's 1.33 mark (24 in 18 contests). 

First Round vs. Calgary Flames

The Avalanche and Flames square off in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the first-ever postseason meeting between the clubs. Colorado is making back-to-back appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since earning 11 straight trips from 1994-95 to 2005-06.

The Avs were 0-2-1 against Calgary in the three-game, regular-season series between the clubs, including going 0-2-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome. 

Gabriel Landeskog led the Avs with four points (1g/3a) in the season series against Calgary, while Mikko Rantanen chipped in three points (1g/2a) in the three contests. Landeskog has totaled 20 points (6g/14a) in 26 career games versus the Flames, the most among all Avs players and tied for seventh (Adam Deadmarsh) in Avalanche history (since 1995-96).

Player Spotlight: Tyson Barrie

Barrie shared the team lead with four assists and led all Avalanche defensemen with four points (0g/4a) in six games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He finished the regular season ranked seventh among NHL defensemen with a career-high 59 points (14g/45a), the most by an Avalanche blueliner since Ray Bourque had 59 in 2000-01.

Quotable

"I've been here almost 10 years and I love playing for the Avalanche. I have a ton of pride in the organization so to do this means a lot to me. It means a lot to the fans and the staff and the management who believes in us. It's a good feeling, but a lot of work to be done for sure. Man, we made it so tough on ourselves. Too many men with 1:20 left, you should have heard the groan on the bench. We were like, 'You have got to be kidding me!' But we kill it off, they hit the pipe, guys are selling out left and right, I did a freaking back ip trying to block a (Winnipeg RW Patrik) Laine shot. Yeah, it was loud in there, it sure was fun. I can't wait to play in front of those fans in the playoffs." - Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson after Colorado clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 4 vs. Winnipeg

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