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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 15

Colorado finishes its season-long, five-game road trip on Wednesday

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

LANDESKOG VOTED TO ALL-STAR GAME: Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game following the league's "Last Men In" fan voting. Landeskog was voted as the Central Division's final player and will join teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. This year marks the first time that three Avalanche players will participate in an NHL All-Star Game since 2003-04, when Rob Blake, Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay competed for the Western Conference in Minnesota. 

RANTANEN REACHES 20: Mikko Rantanen tallied his 20th goal of the season on Wednesday in Calgary, becoming only the second player in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) to score 20 or more goals in each of his first three full NHL seasons. Chris Drury scored 20-plus in his first four years.

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, January 16 at Ottawa Senators

Canadian Tire Centre, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche wraps up its season-long, five-game road trip at the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. Colorado won the first matchup between the clubs, 6-3, on Oct. 26 at Pepsi Center. The Avs have won five of their last eight games at Ottawa.

Saturday, January 19 vs. Los Angeles Kings

Pepsi Center, 1 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche returns home to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon, Colorado's first home contest since Jan. 4. Saturday's game is technically the beginning of a season-long, five-game homestand for the Avs, which will be broken up by the All-Star break and Colorado's bye week. It's also the first game of a double-header with the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

Monday, January 21 vs. Nashville Predators

Pepsi Center, 1 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

Colorado hosts the Nashville Predators on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the second straight year Colorado has hosted a contest on MLK Day and the sixth time hosting overall. It's the third of four meetings between the Central Division opponents this season and the final matchup at Pepsi Center.

Player Spotlight: Carl Soderberg

Soderberg registered his first career NHL hat trick on Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also tallied his second short-handed goal of the campaign, the third of his career, and is now tied with J.T. Compher for the team lead in short-handed tallies. Soderberg's 15 goals this season ranks fourth on the team and is one marker shy of matching his career high, which he has achieved twice (2013-14 with Boston and 2017-18 with Colorado). 

Quotable

"He had a great game, all around, both sides of the puck. Just real firm on the puck when he had it. In battles, strong, created a lot of opportunities for himself and for his linemates. I just thought he was in the right spot all night long. I was really happy with how that line played." - Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar on Carl Soderberg's performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday

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