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Avalanche Weekly Update - Feb. 4

Colorado continues its East Coast road trip

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

BIG BLOCK: Ryan Graves set a career high with 10 blocked shots against Philadelphia on Saturday night, the third-highest total ever by an Avalanche player since the league began tracking that statistic. Brett Clark had 12 on Nov. 6, 2009 vs. Chicago and Patrik Nemeth had 11 on Dec. 23, 2017 at Arizona.

SHORT-SIGHTED: Matt Calvert is tied for second in the NHL with three shorthanded goals, while J.T. Compher is tied for first with three shorthanded assists. As a team, Colorado has scored seven shorthanded markers, tied for sixth among all teams.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Buffalo Sabres

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

The Avalanche plays the first of two games this season against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Colorado won both matchups in 2018-19 and is 14-3-0 in its last 17 games against the Sabres dating back to 2006-07.

Thursday, Feb. 6 at Ottawa Senators

Canadian Tire Centre, 5:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

Colorado continues a stretch of five straight games against the Eastern Conference on Thursday at the Ottawa Senators. The clubs will meet again less than a week later, as the Sens visit Pepsi Center on Feb. 11 to wrap up the two-game series.

Saturday, Feb. 8 at Columbus Blue Jackets

Nationwide Arena, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avs close out their two-game season series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, the first half of a back-to-back set for Colorado. The Avalanche won the first matchup, 4-2, on Nov. 9 at Pepsi Center. 

Sunday, Feb. 9 at Minnesota Wild

Xcel Energy Center, 5:30 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 92.5 FM

Colorado closes out a five-game road trip on Sunday against Central-Division rivals the Minnesota Wild. It will also wrap up the team's ninth set of consecutive-night contests in 2019-20. The Avs and Wild will play a fifth and final game on March 23 in Minnesota.

Player Spotlight: Samuel Girard

Samuel Girard appeared in his 200th consecutive regular-season game on Saturday night in Philadelphia. He became the fourth Avalanche defenseman to appear in 200 or more straight games with the club, joining Martin Skoula (285), Karlis Skrastins (226) and Brett Clark (200). Girard, who was acquired from Nashville as part of a three-team deal that included Ottawa on Nov. 5, 2017, has not missed a regular-season contest since joining the Avs. He leads the club in average ice time (21:35) and has notched a career-high 25 assists this season, ranked second among Avalanche defensemen.

Quotable

"The schedule is going to get crazier and heat up so it is nice to have a few practices, especially on the road too because you have nowhere to be and you can go work on some things. [Nathan MacKinnon] was just saying you got to get back to the lab and that is something we got to do the last few days here and try to get that rust off. We are excited for the next opportunity, and we need to get back in a winning trend here." - Avalanche forward Matt Calvert on the team getting some practices in while on the road

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