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Avalanche Weekly Update - Feb. 11

Colorado faces Kings in Stadium Series outdoor game in the middle of five-game homestand

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

HOME OR ROAD: The Avalanche finished 4-1-0 on its five-game road trip, marking the first time the Avs won four or more games of a five-game road trip since Oct. 10-17, 2011 (5-0-0). Colorado finished 3-0-2 on its most recent homestand (Jan. 10-20), collecting points in every contest of a five-game homestay for the first time since Oct. 25-Nov. 8, 2005 (5-0-1). The Avs enter tonight's contest riding a season-high, six-game home point streak (4-0-2). Colorado has won three straight home games and four straight on the road. 

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Philipp Grubauer has allowed only one goal in each of his last three games, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 GAA and .963 Sv% (180 min, 82 shots, 3 goals). Grubauer is 5-1-0 with a 1.85 GAA and .931 Sv% in his last six outings and sits one win shy of tying his career high set last year. Pavel Francouz stopped 34 shots in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Minnesota. He's tied for sixth in the NHL in save percentage (.925), 10th in goals-against average (2.42) and is fourth in winning percentage (.737).

EAST SIDE STORY: Colorado is 15-5-3 (.717) against Eastern Conference opponents this season, the best points percentage of any Western Conference team against the East.

2020 NHL Stadium Series

The 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series between the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. MT. It will mark the second time the NHL has brought a regular-season outdoor game to a U.S. service academy following the 2018 NHL Stadium Series contest between Toronto and Washington at the U.S. Naval Academy. This is the second time the Avalanche will participate in one of the NHL's signature outdoor events, as Colorado hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field on Feb. 27, 2016. 

The pregame festivities begin at 1 p.m. with the Truly Hard Seltzer NHL PreGame, a free fan festival that will include interactive games and attractions, live music and special appearances. The NHL and the Avalanche will honor and recognize the armed forces throughout the game, and more than 1,000 Air Force cadets will take part in the pregame and intermission festivities. Country music star Sam Hunt will headline the entertainment, performing at the first intermission.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, Feb. 11 vs. Ottawa Senators

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

Colorado and Ottawa meet for the second time in less than a week, closing out their two-game season series in what is the beginning of a five-game homestand for the Avalanche.

Thursday, Feb. 13 vs. Washington Capitals

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

The Avs square off against the Caps for the second and final time this season, as Washington makes its lone trip to Pepsi Center. Colorado won 6-3 in the first matchup on Oct. 14.  

Saturday, Feb. 15 vs. Los Angeles Kings

Falcon Stadium, 6 p.m. MT, TV: NBC, Radio: 92.5

Colorado and Los Angeles take center stage in the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at Falcon Stadium on the U.S. Air Force Academy. It's the first of three contests between the clubs. 

Monday Feb. 17 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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

After winning the first game 6-2 in Tampa on Oct. 19, the Avs host the Lightning to wrap up the season series. Tyson Jost recorded his first career NHL hat trick in the first game between the clubs.

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