Avalanche Weekly Update - March 3
The Avs finished February with an 11-3-1 record, equaling their most wins in a single month in franchise historyby Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com
ROAD, SWEET ROAD: The Avs have won a franchise-record nine straight road games, tied for the longest road winning streak in the NHL this season. Colorado leads all teams in road points (48) and wins (23) this year.
FINE FEBRUARY: The Avs finished 11-3-1 in February, equaling their most wins in a single month in franchise history. The 11 wins tied for first in the NHL last month while their 23 points led all teams in February. The Avs allowed a league-low 29 goals (1.93 per game) during the month of February.
BUSY STRETCH: The Avs will play 16 games in March, matching a franchise record for the most contests in any month. The Avs are finishing the season with 21 games over the final 39 days, not going more than a day between games for the rest of the year.
Wednesday, March 4 vs. Anaheim Ducks
Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avalanche returns to Pepsi Center to wrap up its three-game season series against the Ducks. Colorado is 1-1-0 against Anaheim this season.
Friday, March 6 at Vancouver Canucks
Rogers Arena, 8 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM
The Avs embark on another three-game road trip, closing out a stretch that sees Colorado play eight-of-10 games away from Pepsi Center. It's the second of three contests between the Avs and Canucks.
Sunday, March 8 at San Jose Sharks
SAP Center, 8 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 92.5 FM
Colorado begins its 12th and final back-to-back set of the season against San Jose. The clubs will meet one more time just over a week later, as the Sharks visit Pepsi Center on March 17.
Monday, March 9 at Los Angeles Kings
Staples Center, 8:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 950 AM
Colorado finishes up its road swing against the Kings, the last of three meetings between the clubs. The Avalanche is 6-4-1 in the second game of consecutive-night sets this season.
Player Spotlight: Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson recorded his 300th career point on Saturday in Nashville, becoming the first defenseman from the 2006 NHL Draft and the 37th U.S.-born defenseman in NHL history to hit the mark. Johnson has recorded 209 points (59g/150a) as a member of the Avalanche, surpassing Rob Blake (208 points) to take sole possession of fifth place among Avs blueliners in scoring since the club moved to Denver.
"Guys are stepping in and they are playing hard. They are playing hard for one another, and they want to keep this thing going. It's the next man up attitude and mentality that our team has. The points are valuable and we want them, and we're finding a way." - Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar on getting contributions throughout the roster during the team's seven-game winning streak