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Avalanche Weekly Update - Feb. 14

Colorado continues its season-long road trip

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

MILESTONES IN WIN OVER MONTREAL: Mikko Rantanen recorded the first hat trick of his career against the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 7. He's the third Avalanche rookie (fourth occurrence) to record a hat trick and the second youngest player to record three goals in a game in Avs team history behind Nathan MacKinnon.

The Avalanche was also powered by Calvin Pickard, who recorded his third career shutout and second of the season, stopping all 27 shots he faced against the Canadiens. Pickard also registered his second career assist on Colorado's second goal of the night. Jarome Iginla skated in his 1,524th career game, tying Brendan Shanahan for 14th place on the NHL's all-time list.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, February 14 at New Jersey Devils

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

The Avalanche continues its season-long, five-game road trip at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, looking for its first win of the road swing. Colorado has won the last three meetings at Prudential Center and has earned at least a point in its last five on the road.

Thursday, February 16 at Buffalo Sabres

KeyBank Center, 5:30 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 950 AM

The Avs and Sabres will play the first of two games this season, both of which will take place in a 10-day span, as Buffalo visits Pepsi Center on Feb. 25. The Avalanche is 15-8-4 in the all-time series and has won 10 of the last 11 matchups.

Friday, February 17 at Carolina Hurricanes

PNC Arena, 5:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado and Carolina clash on Friday night, the final contest of the extended road trip for the Avs and the second game of a back-to-back set, their eighth such set of the season.

 

Sunday, February 19 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Pepsi Center, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado returns home on Sunday to host the Lightning, the second and final time the teams will meet in 2016-17. The Avs took a 4-0 victory in the first game on Oct. 20 and are 10-3-2 at home in the overall series, including wins in six of the last seven.

Community Highlights

Gabriel Landeskog and John Mitchell skated with 50 young athletes from National Sports Center for the Disabled as part of the Break The Ice program and Hockey is for Everyone month on Feb. 8. February is Hockey is for Everyone™ month, and the Break the Ice program, presented by Crescent Point Energy, has been a staple of the Avs' community outreach for more than 10 years.

 

Prospect Report

The San Antonio Rampage is four games into its annual Rodeo Road Trip, posting a 1-3-0-0 record. J.T. Compher notched two goals in San Antonio's 4-3 shootout win over the Rockford IceHogs, while Rocco Grimaldi chipped in a marker and A.J. Greer recorded two assists. Defenseman Chris Bigras has registered two assists through the Rampage's first four Rodeo Road Trip games.

The Colorado Eagles have won a season-high nine straight games and share the lead atop the Mountain Division with the Allen Americans. Their six-game road trip continues Feb. 17 at Alaska. 

Quotable

"Obviously, it's a dream come true. You watch other guys, like when you're younger, you watch guys score hat tricks and the crowd is going wild. So it's a dream come true, but the most important thing still was the two points. It was a great feeling."

-Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen on recording his first NHL hat trick on Feb. 7 against the Montreal Canadiens

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