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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 10

Colorado prepares for a three-game week

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

THIS WEEK: Colorado saw its season-high, six-game winning streak snapped in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary. The Avs extended their point streak to seven games (6-0-1), one shy of matching their season high (7-0-1 from Oct. 3-19). 

THAT'S A PLUS: Ryan Graves leads the NHL in plus/minus rating (+22). Graves has been a "plus" player in seven straight games, going a combined +13 during this stretch. He is the first Avalanche player to post a +1 rating or better in seven straight games since Jan Hejda from Oct. 25 to Nov. 10, 2013 (also seven). 

40 BEFORE 30: The Avalanche reached the 40-point mark in its 29th game on Saturday, surpassing 40 points in less than 30 games for just the third time since relocating to Denver. The 2000-01 team reached 40 points in its 26th game (19-4-3-0) and the 2013-14 squad reached 40 in its 27th (20-7-0). 

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, Dec. 11 vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avs host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, the first of two matchups between the clubs in 2019-20. The Avalanche won both contests last season, outscoring the Flyers by a combined score of 9-3 in the two meetings.

Friday, Dec. 13 vs. New Jersey Devils

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

Colorado wraps up a three-game homestand against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. The Avs won both meetings last season, including a 3-0 shutout victory at home on March 17 to begin a stretch that saw Colorado win eight of its last 11 regular-season games and earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Monday, Dec. 16 at St. Louis Blues

Enterprise Center, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche begins a two-game, Central Division road trip against the St. Louis Blues. It's the second of five matchups between the conference opponents and the last meeting in St. Louis, as the remaining three games of the season series will be played in Denver.

Player Spotlight: Valeri Nichushkin

Nichushkin has a goal in consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 5-8, 2014 and has registered six points (5g, 1a) in his last eight contests. Signed by the Avalanche as a free agent on Aug. 19, Nichushkin has notched all five of his markers on the season in Colorado's last eight outings and ranks second on the team in goals behind Nathan MacKinnon's six in that span.

Quotable

"We've had [Erik Johnson] down for a little bit, who's a huge part of our backend and obviously [Cale Makar] is also a big part, especially on that power play, but I mean we have guys that can step in. [Samuel Girard] steps in on that first unit and then [Calle Rosen] steps in on the second unit. I mean, we're confident in our depth and as you see, when we turn it on, we're still a good team regardless of who is in the lineup." - Avalanche defenseman Ryan Graves on Colorado's defensive depth this season

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