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Avs Open February With Road Swing

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche takes to the road for a two-game swing over the weekend before returning to Denver to host the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday.

After visiting Detroit on Friday (5:30 p.m. MT, Altitude) the Avs will face the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (6:30 p.m. MT, Altitude 2).

The Avalanche has played six back-to-back games so far this season. Colorado is 2-4-0 in the first game and 4-2-0 in the second contest so far this season. The Avs swept their most recent back-to-back set, Jan. 12-13 at Carolina and Florida.

“As a team we’ve been better for the most part in the second game of a back-to-back,” said Avalanche forward Andrew Brunette. “Hopefully we can change that trend and play a better first game.”

Stastny Skates
Avalanche forward Paul Stastny went through a light skate prior to Colorado’s practice this morning. It was the first time on the ice for Stastny since having his appendix removed on Jan. 17.
“Paul’s not going on the trip but he skated today, so that was his first step,” said Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville. “Hopefully a few days on the ice and he’ll be back joining us.”

Don’t Get Too Accustomed To That Home Cooking
The Avalanche will play 14 times in February, with only four of those games being contested at Pepsi Center.

The Avs hold a 9-12-3 record through 24 road contests, but those numbers are not indicative of the way the club has been playing lately.

Colorado has amped up its play away from Pepsi Center recently, winning its last three contests to wrap-up a five-game road trip earlier in January. And even when the team has come up short, it has put itself in a position to win each game.

The Avalanche’s four previous road losses were by one goal each, including a 4-3 shootout loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on New Year’s Eve and a 2-1 overtime defeat against Anaheim on Dec. 19.

“It just comes down to hard work. We know we have to play a full 60 minutes, especially on the road,” said Avalanche defenseman Brett Clark. “If we stick to our game plan, it gives us a great chance to win. For the last few games on the road, that’s what we’ve been doing.”
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