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Avalanche Weekly Update - Oct. 17

Colorado faces two Central Division rivals

by Danielle Bernstein /

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Avalanche Notes

BARRIE COMES UP CLUTCH: Tyson Barrie's third-period tally against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday was the 15th game-winning goal of his career and his second of the 2017-18 campaign (Oct. 5 at NYR), which is tied for first among NHL defensemen this season. Barrie's 15 career game winners are also the most by a defenseman in franchise history.

HOME OPENERS: With Wednesday's victory over Boston, the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise improved to 26-8-4 all-time in home openers (.737). Colorado is 14-5-3 in home openers since moving to Denver in 1995, which includes a 12-4-2 mark at Pepsi Center.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Avalanche forward Alexander Kerfoot notched his first NHL goal in Wednesday's home opener against Boston. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov picked up his first tally in an Avalanche sweater with an empty-net marker in the third period against Anaheim on Friday.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, October 17 at Nashville Predators

Bridgestone Arena, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

The Avs and defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators face off in the first of four meetings this season. Colorado plays the first two games of the season series on the road, as the Preds don't pay their first visit to Denver until early March. The Avalanche is 13-16-3-4 in all-time road contests against Nashville.

Thursday, October 19 vs. St. Louis Blues

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

Colorado returns home to host the St. Louis Blues Thursday night at Pepsi Center. The Avs were 1-4-0 against St. Louis last season and 1-2-0 at home. Colorado has a 45-32-6-4 overall record against the Blues, which includes a 27-12-4-2 mark in the Mile High City. Following Thursday's tilt, the Avs and Blues won't see each other again until just before the All-Star Break in January.

Avs In The Community

Matt Duchene and Tyson Jost, along with Mascot Bernie and members of the Ram Trucks Avalanche Ice Girls, hosted a special Break the Ice clinic at Pepsi Center on Oct. 12. The clinic was for children who have or have been affected by cancer. The Avs hosted the clinic in conjunction with the NHL and NHLPA's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. Colorado's annual Hockey Fights Cancer game will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

Player Spotlight: Sven Andrighetto

Andrighetto registered three-straight multipoint games from Oct. 9-13 and is tied for the team lead in points (6) and goals (3). The winger now has 22 points (8g, 14a) in 25 total games for the Avalanche since being acquired on March 1.


"Obviously, it is always extra special when you win against your old club. For me, it was more important to win, and especially the way we won tonight. We worked so hard, and we stayed focused." - Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier on beating his former team, the Anaheim Ducks, last Friday

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