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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 3

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

BARRIE GOOD: With a goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night, Tyson Barrie has recorded seven points (1g, 6a) in his last five outings, tying his career-long point streak of five games set Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, 2014. Barrie appeared in his 300th NHL game on New Year's Eve against the New York Rangers and currently leads all Avalanche defensemen in scoring with 20 points (3g,17a).

Barrie led the team with nine assists in December, the first Avalanche defenseman to record nine or more assists in the month of December since Rob Blake (9) in 2005-06.

IRONMAN: Jarome Iginla skated in his 200th consecutive contest on Saturday. His current 201-game streak is the second-longest current ironman streak on the team behind Carl Soderberg (206).

Upcoming Games

Wednesday, January 4 at Calgary Flames

Scotiabank Saddledome, 8 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

The Avalanche looks to avenge its 6-3 loss to the Flames on Dec. 27 as it faces Calgary for the first of two to be played on the road this season and the second of three in the 2016-17 series. Gabe Landeskog scored two goals in the matchup a week ago, but Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund potted two tallies apiece to pace Calgary in the win.

 

Friday, January 6 vs. New York Islanders

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

The New York Islanders make their lone trip to the Mile High City on Friday night. It will be the first of two contests against the Islanders this season with Colorado slated to visit Barclays Center on Feb. 12. The Avs are 10-2-3 all-time versus the Islanders on home ice and have earned at least a point in the last five matchups, winning three.

 

Thursday, January 12 vs. Anaheim Ducks

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

Following a four-day bye week, the Avalanche returns to action, hosting the Anaheim Ducks for the first of three meetings this season, all of which will be played in the month of January. It's Anaheim's only game at Pepsi Center, while the Avs will play the Ducks twice in Anaheim, on Jan. 19 and 31.

 

Saturday, January 14 vs. Nashville Predators

Pepsi Center, 1 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM

Winless in three rounds against Nashville this season, the Avalanche look to pick up a victory in the fourth of five games versus their Central Division rival and the last remaining home game of the series in the 2016-17 campaign. The Predators currently sit in fifth place in the Central Division. The teams will meet for the final time on Feb. 23 in Nashville.

 

World Junior Championship Update

The quarterfinal round of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships took place on Monday. The Avs have two players competing with forward Tyson Jost skating for Canada and goaltender Adam Werner on Sweden's roster. Jost has two points (1g/1a) and is +1 in five games for Team Canada, which finished second in Group B after the preliminary round and topped the Czech Republic 5-3 in the quarterfinals on Monday. The Avalanche's first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Jost leads all NCHC freshmen in scoring with 18 points (7g/11a) in 17 games. Werner, Colorado's fifth-round pick (131st overall) in the 2016 draft, has yet to see game time for undefeated Sweden, which beat Slovakia 8-3 in its quarterfinal matchup. Canada and Sweden will meet in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Quotable

"It's funny how fast it goes by. I remember playing my first game against Chicago, and then getting sent down shortly after and coming back up and then getting sent back down again. I've come a long way, but you hear the 300 and I think I want to play another 1,000. So [I have a] long way to go, hopefully." - Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie on skating in his 300th career game against the New York Rangers on Saturday

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