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Avalanche Weekly Update - Nov. 29

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

SHOOTOUT SATURDAY: Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks marked Colorado's first of the season that needed a shootout to determine a victor. The Avalanche was 4-0 in the skills competition last season-the league's only unbeaten team-and had won nine consecutive shootouts prior to Saturday's shootout loss. The nine straight shootout victories was one shy of a franchise record set March 19, 2011 to Jan. 2, 2012.

CLOSE GAMES: The Avalanche is now 3-1 in overtime this season and 7-2-1 in one-goal games.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, November 29 vs. Nashville Predators

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

The Avs host the Predators in the second of five matchups in 2016-17 and the second of three that will be played at Pepsi Center. Nashville topped the Avalanche 5-1 in the first meeting on November 1.

Thursday, December 1 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

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

The Blue Jackets make their only appearance of the season at Pepsi Center for the second and final game in the season series. The Avalanche took a 3-2 overtime win at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 21. Tyson Barrie and Erik Johnson each potted goals, and Matt Duchene scored the game winner, his team-leading third game-winning goal.

Saturday, December 3 vs. Dallas Stars

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. (MT), TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 The Wolf

Colorado hosts the Stars for the first time since Opening Night when they won 6-5. The Avs are 1-1 against Dallas this season with each team having won on home ice.

Community Highlights

The Avs' annual Movember campaign wraps up with 'Sport Your Stache Night' on Dec. 1. The Avalanche will donate $5 from every ticket purchase to Thursday's game against Columbus to the Movember Foundation and its fight to bring awareness to men's health issues. Fans can get involved by donating to the team, the players or Bernie by visiting nhl.com/avalanche/community/movember.

Tweet from @Avalanche: There���s just a few days left in #Movember2016 and the muzzys are coming in (mostly) thick!Help the #Avs help you: https://t.co/nlLeYPdkmJ pic.twitter.com/FvDIjVxG7K

UPCOMING EVENTS: On Friday, Dec. 2, Andreas Martinsen and Joe Colborne will skate with kids from York International K-12 School at the Avs' practice facility as part of the Break the Ice Program. Later that day, Mikko Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov will participate in a street hockey clinic in conjunction with the NHL/NHLPA's Industry Growth Fund Grant Program.

Player Spotlight: Erik Johnson

Position: Defense

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 225 lbs.

Shoots: Right

Born: March 21, 1988

Birthplace: Bloomington, MN

Johnson scored his first goal of the season last week, helping the Avalanche to a 3-2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. With 10 points on the season, Johnson leads all Avalanche defensemen in scoring.

Quotable

"I think most of [recovery] is what you do at home. I've learned that quickly over my three years, try to take care of yourself. I just laid on the couch all day. I didn't leave the house, just making sure I'd feel good today. You don't get much rest, especially with the schedule in November here. It's been crazy. Every game is huge. We're trying to push for the playoffs today, and I think everybody's pretty mature in taking care of themselves." - Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon on taking Sunday off to rest after falling and sliding into the boards at full speed in Colorado's game against the Canucks on Saturday

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