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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 14

Colorado continues season-long homestand

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

LIGHTING THE LAMP: Colorado ranks second in goals per game (3.60), trailing only Florida (3.62). The Avalanche's 162 goals overall rank fourth in the NHL, which includes a league-best 52 first-period tallies. Only Florida (67) has more second-period goals than Colorado's 62.

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: Since Jan. 1, Samuel Girard leads all NHL players in assists (9) and is tied for third in points (9), a total which leads all blueliners. His four-assist night on Jan. 2 tied the franchise record for a defenseman in a single game, and he was the first blueliner in Avalanche/Nordiques history to record nine assists in a five-game span from Dec. 31-Jan. 7.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, Jan. 14 vs. Dallas Stars

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

The Avalanche wraps up its four-game season series against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. It's the second contest of a five-game homestand, tied for the longest home stay of the campaign (Feb. 11-19). Colorado is 0-2-1 against the Stars this season.

Thursday, Jan. 16 vs. San Jose Sharks

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

Colorado and San Jose meet for the first time since Game 7 of the second round of last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Avs will make their lone trip to San Jose on March 8, while the Sharks will return to Denver on March 17 to close out the series.  

Saturday, Jan. 18 vs. St. Louis Blues

Pepsi Center, 1 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avs host the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the fourth of five matchups between the clubs. Each team has held serve at home, as the Blues won the first two games at Enterprise Center and the Avalanche won the last outing at Pepsi Center.

Monday, Jan. 20 vs. Detroit Red Wings

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

Colorado closes out the homestand against the Detroit Red Wings, which is also the last contest before the team heads into the All-Star Break. The Avs will visit the Motor City on March 2 to wrap up the two-game series.

Community Spotlight

Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen and goaltender Pavel Francouz skated with 50 visually-impaired athletes at the Avalanche's third annual Blind Hockey Clinic, presented by Delta Dental, on Jan. 9 at Pepsi Center. The event was held in conjunction with the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative, which aims to support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink, reaffirming that all hockey programs - from professional to youth organizations - should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. View: Photo Gallery

Quotable

"It is nice to get a couple days for practice in the middle of the season. We know our schedule is going to be even harder after that. March is packed in there, February same thing. Just regroup you know, fix our mistakes. We have been talking, we have been talking a lot. A couple of video meetings about that, how to improve our game, so I think we will be ready to go for [Tuesday]." - Defenseman Nikita Zadorov on having two good practices before resuming the homestand

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