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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 17

Colorado closes the week with a home-and-home vs. San Jose

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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IGGY PASSES YZERMAN: Jarome Iginla skated in his 1,515th career game against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, surpassing Steve Yzerman to take sole possession of 15th place on the NHL's all-time list.

FACEOFF SUCCESS: The Avalanche was 56 percent on faceoffs in Thursday's contest against the Anaheim Ducks, who entered the game as the top faceoff team in the league (55.5 percent). Matt Duchene, who entered Thursday's matchup ranked second in the NHL in faceoff win percentage, finished 14-for-16 and was a perfect 3-for-3 against NHL faceoff percentage leader Antoine Vermette. Colorado ranks second in the NHL in overall faceoff win percentage (53.4 percent) and first in the offensive zone, where it wins 56.9 percent of its draws.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, January 17 vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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

Colorado wraps up a four-game homestand against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, the first of two visits to Pepsi Center for Chicago. The Avs are 1-1-0 in the 2016-17 season series, falling 4-0 in the first game on Nov. 3 and winning the second contest 2-1 in overtime on Dec. 23.

 

Thursday, January 19 at Anaheim Ducks

Honda Center, 8 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 92.5 The Wolf

Exactly a week after their first meeting of the season, the Avs and Ducks square off again, this time at the Honda Center for the first of two road games for Colorado in the season series.

Saturday, January 21 at San Jose Sharks

SAP Center, 8:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 92.5 The Wolf

The Avs and Sharks clash for the first of two games in the 2016-17 campaign, both of which will be played in a three-day span. The Sharks are the only Pacific Division-team the Avalanche meets just twice this season, as they play each of the others three times.

Monday, January 23 vs. San Jose Sharks

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

Colorado and San Jose wrap up a home-and-home series on Monday at Pepsi Center, the only trip to the Mile High City of the season for the Sharks. The Avs are 25-12-6 at home in the all-time series.

Community Highlights

On Monday, Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Blake Comeau assisted in serving 1,200 meals at the annual Volunteers of America "Those Who Hunger Dinner," an annual event held in commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Prospect Spotlight

San Antonio Rampage forward AJ Greer and goaltender Spencer Martin were selected to the Pacific Division roster for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held Jan. 28-29 in Allentown, Pa. Greer leads the Rampage with 28 points (11g/18a) in 36 games, fifth among league rookies. Martin is tied for fourth among AHL goaltenders with 15 wins, and his 2.62 goals against average and .915 save percentage both rank fifth among the league's rookie goalies. Greer posted a season-long eight-game point streak (three goals, five assists) from Dec. 27-Jan. 13. The Greer-J.T. Compher-Rocco Grimaldi line has totaled 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in their last 11 games and has accumulated 54 points (21 goals, 33 assists) in their 19 contests as a unit this season.

Quotable

"It's always an honor to play in the All-Star Game. You watch it on TV as a kid growing up, and obviously I'm very excited to go and honored to go. With the 3-on-3 format, there's lots of ice. You can skate around out there. I know it's not too serious, but it will be a lot of fun." - Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon on being selected to the Central Division roster for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game

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