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Avalanche Weekly Update - Feb. 28

Colorado plays four games, with the first three coming on the road

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

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Avalanche Notes

SMITH GETS FIRST NHL WIN: Jeremy Smith picked up his first career win in his third NHL start on Saturday, making 34 saves in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Smith was recalled from the San Antonio Rampage on Feb. 8 and made his NHL debut on Feb. 14 against the New Jersey Devils.

RANTANEN ON A ROLL: With an assist in Colorado's win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Mikko Rantanen registered his 10th point (six goals, four assists) in the month of February, which brings him into a tie with Nathan MacKinnon for the third-most points by a rookie in the month in Avalanche history (since 1995-96).

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, February 28 at Philadelphia Flyers

Wells Fargo Center, 5 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado and Philadelphia meet for the second and final time this season. The Flyers won the first matchup, 4-3, on Dec. 16 at Pepsi Center, but the Avs were victorious the last time these two teams played at Wells Fargo Center, winning 4-0 on Nov. 10, 2015.

Thursday, March 2 at Ottawa Senators

Canadian Tire Centre, 5:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

The Avalanche will take on the Senators for the first of two games this season. Colorado has won five of the last six matchups in Ottawa, including a 4-3 victory in the last road contest of the series on Feb. 11, 2016.

Saturday, March 4 at Winnipeg Jets

MTS Centre, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 950 AM

The Avs and Jets close out their 2016-17 season series on Saturday with the fifth and final contest and second road game of the series for Colorado. The Avalanche is 2-2-0 against Winnipeg this season and won the last meeting 5-2 on Feb. 4.


Sunday, March 5 vs. St. Louis Blues

Pepsi Center, 6 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 950 AM

The Avalanche will face the Blues three times in the month of March, all of which will be played at Pepsi Center. The Central Division opponents last met on Nov. 6 in St. Louis, with the Blues taking a 5-1 win. The Avs are 26-10-6 all-time against St. Louis at home.


Community Highlights

On Friday, Avalanche players Matt Nieto and Jeremy Smith participated in floor hockey games with athletes from the Denver Prep League as part of the Avalanche's Industry Growth Fund Floor Hockey program and Hockey is for Everyone month. Avalanche Floor Hockey provides an introduction to the sport and six weeks of practices and games for young student-athletes.


Prospect Report

The Colorado Eagles tied a team record for consecutive wins dating back to the 2006-07 season, knocking off the Utah Grizzlies 7-1 on Saturday for their 15th straight victory. Colorado's 15-game winning streak now ties the Eagles with the 2008-09 Victoria Salmon Kings for the third longest winning streak in ECHL history.


"I felt I'd be in the 16-18 minute zone. I'm just happy that I could come back and feel good and get back out there with the guys because sitting out is the worst thing. It's no fun and everyone wants to be playing with their teammates. It's kind of about what I expected, I figured I'd be rusty. It's almost like coming off a summer break and into the season. You know, I missed three months and that's a long time. It'll get better for sure but definitely some rust to work off." - Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson on his first game back since suffering a fractured leg on Dec. 3


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