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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 2

Colorado is in the last week of the 2018-19 regular season

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

REACHING 500: Colorado's win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night was the Avalanche's 500th regular-season win at home since moving to Denver in 1995 and the 800th home victory for the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise.

GROOVY GRUBAUER: Philipp Grubauer has started a career-high eight consecutive games, posting a 6-0-2 record with a 1.59 goals-against average and .954 save percentage. Grubauer finished last month with a .955 save percentage, the highest ever by an Avalanche/Nordiques goalie in March, topping Patrick Roy's .952 in March 2003. It was the second-highest save percentage in any calendar month in franchise history (min 7 GP), trailing only Peter Budaj's .957 in December 2009.

CAPTAIN CLUTCH: Gabriel Landeskog is tied for the NHL lead with nine game-winning goals and leads all players with 20 markers in the third period. His 20 third-period tallies are an Avalanche record and the most by a franchise player since 1992-93 (Quebec's Mats Sundin 22, Joe Sakic 20).

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, April 2 vs. Edmonton Oilers

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Colorado Avalanche returns to Pepsi Center for its final homestand of the regular season, as it hosts the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night to close a three-game season series. The clubs split the first two meetings, with each team holding serve on the road. 

Thursday, April 4 vs. Winnipeg Jets

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude , Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avs host the Winnipeg Jets in their final home game of the regular season, which will also be Fan Appreciation Night at Pepsi Center. The Central Division foes have split the first four games of the season, as Winnipeg won the first two contests and Colorado took the most recent two.

Saturday, April 6 at San Jose Sharks

SAP Center, 8:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche closes out the regular season at San Jose on Saturday night, the second time in the last five years that Colorado will play its regular-season finale on the road. The Avs are 0-2-0 against the Sharks in 2018-19.

Player Spotlight: Tyson Barrie

Barrie scored the 73rd goal of his career last Wednesday against Vegas to take sole possession of first place on the franchise's all-time list for goals by a defenseman (Sandis Ozolinsh, 72). He is now Colorado/Quebec's all-time defensive leader in goals (73), assists (231) and points (304). Barrie's 44 assists this season are a new career high (43 in 2017-18) and the most by an Avalanche blueliner since Ray Bourque had 52 in 2000-01.

Quotable

"We got to just keep doing what we're doing. Take every game as an opportunity to play very well and to get better and put a great product out on the ice. I think we can't look too far in the future, and we certainly can't look in the past. We're still not out of the woods as far as the playoffs go; everyone in this room knows it is still a tight race." - Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole on the remaining regular-season games

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