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Avalanche Weekly Update - Feb. 7

Colorado prepares for four games in six nights

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

DUCHENE'S BIG GAME: Matt Duchene tied a career high with three assists in Colorado's 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. His three helpers are the most by an Avalanche player this season and the most since Tyson Barrie notched three on Nov. 3, 2015 vs. Calgary. Duchene's 20 faceoff wins in the game was the second most of his career. His 83.3-percent success rate sets a new career high and is the fourth highest in Avalanche history (min: 20 faceoffs taken) since the stat began tracking in 1999-2000.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, February 7 vs. Montreal Canadiens

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

The Avalanche continues a three-game homestand on Tuesday, hosting the Montreal Canadiens at Pepsi Center. It's the only visit the Canadiens will make to the Mile High City. Montreal beat the Avs in the first meeting of the season at the Bell Centre.

Thursday, February 9 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

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

Colorado and Pittsburgh will face each other for the final time this season. The Avs won the last matchup, 4-3 in overtime, on Oct. 17 and are 7-3-4 on home ice in the all-time series.

 

Saturday, February 11 at New York Rangers

Madison Square Garden, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude2, Radio: 950 AM

The Avalanche begins a season-long five-game road trip, taking on the New York Rangers Saturday night. The Avs lost the first game of the 2016-17 series, 6-2 on Dec. 31, but are 10-5-1 on the road against New York and haven't lost at MSG since Feb. 4, 2014.

Sunday, February 12 at New York Islanders

Barclays Center, 4 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

Colorado plays the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday against the Islanders. The Avs earned an overtime win over New York on Jan. 6, getting 35 saves from Calvin Pickard and a goal and an assist from Nathan MacKinnon.

 

Community Highlights

Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko, defenseman Nikita Zadorov and goaltender Calvin Pickard helped coach the Colorado Avalanche Pee-Wee team's practice ahead of its departure for the 58th Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. This year's Avalanche representative, the Foothills Flyers, will compete in the tournament from Feb. 8-20. 

Upcoming Events

On Wed., Feb. 8, Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog will skate with 50 physically disabled athletes from National Sports Center for Disabled as part of the Break The Ice program and Hockey Is For Everyone month.

Prospect Report

San Antonio Rampage forward Rocco Grimaldi was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week last Wednesday after totaling five points in three games for the Rampage. He scored four goals - including two game winners - and added an assist to go along with a plus-4 rating. Grimaldi leads San Antonio with 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists) in 46 appearances this season.

The Colorado Eagles' 2-1 shootout win over the Alaska Aces on Saturday gave the club its sixth-straight victory. The Eagles are currently tied with the Allen Americans for first place in the Mountain Division of the ECHL.

Quotable

"That is definitely the type of play that we need out of him. I thought he was outstanding tonight. Not just that hit, but he had three or four big hits and [was] defensively sound, making good decisions. That is what we're hoping to see out of that player. I know he's not going to get four, five big hits every night, but he can certainly play physical like that." - Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar on the play of defenseman Nikita Zadorov in Colorado's 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday

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