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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 14

Colorado plays a home-and-home series against Detroit

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

THE NEW ADDITION: Sven Andrighetto tied a career-best three-game point streak that lasted from March 7-11, and he's registered a point in three of his five contests since joining the Avalanche on March 1.

FACEOFF PERFORMANCE: John Mitchell finished 12-for-13 at the faceoff circle against the Senators. His 92.3 percent success rate ranks sixth among all single-game faceoff performances in the NHL this season (players who took 10 or more draws in a game).

PICKARD ON THE SCORESHEET: Calvin Pickard registered his third career assist (also Feb. 7, 2017 vs. Montreal, March 3, 2016 vs. Florida) and his second of the season against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, March 9. He's now tied for the league lead in points among goaltenders (Matt Murray, Al Montoya, Tuukka Rask, Andrei Vasilevskiy). All three of Pickard's helpers have come on home ice.

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, March 15 vs. Detroit Red Wings

Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado faces the Red Wings on Wednesday night for the first of two meetings this season, both of which will be played in a span of four days. The Avs travel to the Motor City on Saturday to conclude the home-and-home set. Detroit is the only NHL team that the Avalanche has yet to face in 2016-17. Wednesday's game time was changed from an 8 p.m. start to a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.

Saturday, March 18 at Detroit Red Wings

Joe Louis Arena, 11 a.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

The Avs and Wings play the second contest of their home-and-home series on Saturday, the last game Colorado will play at Joe Louis Arena. The Avalanche is 28-40-6 all-time against the Red Wings and 15-21-1 on the road in the series.

Sunday, March 19 at Chicago Blackhawks

United Center, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

The Avs and Blackhawks play the fourth contest of a five-game season series on Sunday, and the last tilt of the season between the two teams in Chicago. Colorado is 1-2-0 in 2016-17 against its Central Division rival and 46-29-8 overall in the series.

 

Community Highlights

The Colorado Avalanche Charity Brunch, hosted by the Avs Better Halves, took place on Sunday. The event included brunch served by the players and coaches, a silent auction and a fashion show featuring Avalanche players escorting children who have overcome medical challenges. Proceeds benefitted the community programs of the Avalanche and Kroenke Sports Charities.

Prospect Update

Will Butcher was named to the All-NCHC First Team for the second straight year. A fifth-round pick (123rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Butcher leads all NCHC defensemen in scoring with 35 points (6g/29a) in 38 games.

On March 6, the Avalanche signed forward J.C. Beaudin and defenseman Nicolas Meloche each to three-year, entry-level contracts.

Tyson Jost, the Avalanche's first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team. He ranks second on the University of North Dakota and second among all conference freshmen with 31 points (15g/16a) in 30 games. 

Quotable

"It is great. I think the Avs organization has always done a great job of giving back to the community in different ways, and this is just another one. To raise some money and for us to spend time with these great kids and their families and for them to get away from everyday life [is great]. They go through some tough things on a daily basis, and for them to come here and just be kids and hang out and be the superstars on the runway for a day, I think that's been the best part." - Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on the annual Avs Better Halves Charity Brunch

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