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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 17

Colorado wraps up its season series with the Chicago Blackhawks

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

THAT'S A PLUS: Ryan Graves continues to lead the NHL in plus/minus rating at +22. He posted a +1 rating or better in eight consecutive games from Nov. 27-Dec. 11, the first Avalanche player to have a +1 rating or better in eight straight games since Peter Forsberg did it from Jan. 2-15, 2004 (also eight) and the first Colorado defenseman since Adam Foote from Feb. 19-March 5, 1996 (eight). Ian Cole (+17) and J.T. Compher (+14) are also among the NHL's plus/minus leaders, making Colorado just one of two teams (Boston is the other) with three players who have a +14 plus/minus rating or better.

FRANKIE FLYING: Pavel Francouz is among the league's goaltending leaders. He is tied for fourth in save percentage (.932) and tied for seventh in goals-against average (2.26). 

EAST SIDE STORY: Colorado is 10-1-2 against Eastern Conference teams, the highest points percentage (.846) of any club against the East. The Avs have won five straight against Eastern teams.

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Chicago Blackhawks

United Center, 6:00 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado begins its sixth back-to-back set of the season on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. The clubs met in a home-and-home, back-to-back at the end of November. The Avalanche is 4-1-0 in the first half of conscutive-night sets this season.

Thursday, Dec. 19 vs. Carolina Hurricanes

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

The Avs host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, the first of two matchups between the clubs in 2019-20. Colorado is 12-1-1 in its last 14 home games against Carolina. The Avalanche will make its lone trip to Raleigh at the end of February to close out the series.

Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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

The Avalanche and the Blackhawks close out their four-game season series on Saturday night in Denver. All four games between the Central Division rivals occurred in a 23-day span that began on Nov. 29 in Chicago. The Avs won the first two meetings of the season by a combined score of 12-5.

Community Spotlight

Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and defenseman Ryan Graves, along with team strength and conditioning coach Casey Bond, hosted a health and fitness clinic for a group of fourth-grade students from Rocky Mountain Prep, Fletcher Elementary as part of the Avs' TeamFIT program. TeamFIT, sponsored by Ardent Mills, encourages and promotes fitness and nutrition basics through an interactive session for students.

Quotable

"It felt like a playoff game to me at least. They won last year so they play hard, they play physical, that is how it is going to be when we are getting closer to the playoffs. Like I said, it was a good lesson and we can get a lot out of this game and we can get a lot better." - Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi following Colorado's 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Monday night

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