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Avalanche Weekly Update - Feb. 21

Colorado has three games this week

by Danielle Bernstein /

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Avalanche Notes

PUTTING IN EXTRA TIME: The Avalanche played consecutive overtime games for the first time this season, going to extra time on Friday in Carolina and Sunday against Tampa Bay. Colorado is now 6-2 in overtime, 0-1 in shootouts and 6-3 overall when playing beyond 60 minutes. Mikko Rantanen scored his first career overtime goal on Friday in Carolina, becoming the third-youngest Avalanche player to score an OT winner in the regular season.

LANDESKOG REACHES 400: Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog appeared in his 400th NHL game on Feb. 14 at New Jersey. Landeskog, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, became the first player from that draft class to reach 400 contests and has the most career points from the 2011 class with 269 (111g/158a).

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, February 21 vs. Los Angeles Kings

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

The Avalanche and the Kings meet for the third and final time this season and the second of two matchups at Pepsi Center. Each team has won at home in the 2016-17 season series. The Avs took a 4-1 win on Nov. 15, and Los Angeles won the second tilt 5-0 on Feb. 1.

Thursday, February 23 at Nashville Predators

Bridgestone Arena, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado and Nashville will meet for the fifth and final time this season on Thursday, the second of two contests in the series that will be played at Bridgestone Arena. The Avs are 0-4-0 this season against their Central Division foes. In their last meeting in Nashville on Dec. 6, the Avalanche scored two goals on the power play but fell 4-3.


Saturday, February 25 vs. Buffalo Sabres

Pepsi Center, 8 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

Just nine days after their first meeting of the season, the Avalanche and the Sabres clash again, this time at Pepsi Center. Colorado lost the first game of the season series 2-0 on Thursday night. The Avs have won 10 of their last 12 games against Buffalo and have been victorious in five straight at home against the Sabres, their last loss at Pepsi Center coming on Dec. 4, 2005.


Community Highlights

On Monday, Avalanche players Nathan MacKinnon and Mark Barberio participated in a floor hockey clinic with 70 intellectually disabled athletes from Special Olympics Colorado as part of the Avalanche Street/Floor Hockey program and Hockey Is For Everyone month. The participants learned basic hockey skills from the players and received a jersey, stick and tickets to an upcoming game.

Prospect Report

The Colorado Eagles won their 12 straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Alaska Aces on Sunday. The 12-game win streak is tied for the second-longest streak in Colorado Eagles history. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 59-24 during the streak.

The San Antonio Rampage's Rodeo Road Trip continues Saturday as the Rampage play a back-to-back set against the Manitoba Moose to close out the annual journey.


"You got to know who you're with. I know he likes to one-time pucks from the top of the circle on opportunities like that. I was just able to kind of get the D-man to flip his stick a little bit, maybe freeze the goalie a little bit with a fake and then slide it over. Mikko did a great job getting up, and what a shot by Mikko there." - Avalanche center Matt Duchene on Colorado's game-winning overtime goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night

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