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Avalanche Featured In Global Series

Colorado to play two games against Ottawa in Sweden

by National Hockey League /

The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today. The Avalanche and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets to the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series™ will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, March 29.

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Avs Battling Third Period Letdowns

Colorado couldn't push back against hungry Edmonton

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The third period reared its ugly head once again to the Colorado Avalanche after the squad had played an "unreal hockey game" through the first two stanza, according to head coach Jared Bednar.

Colorado couldn't slow down the hungry Edmonton Oilers, who tallied five times in the third frame, and the Avalanche lost 7-4 at Pepsi Center on Thursday night.

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Avalanche Begins Home-And-Home Set Against Oilers

Colorado finishes its two-game homestand

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche closes out a short two-game homestand on Thursday night, hosting the Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center. It's the second of three meetings between the teams this season, the third of which will be played on Saturday night in Edmonton.

The Oilers enter Thursday's tilt sitting in third place in the Pacific Division, following a loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. With the regular season in its final stretch, Edmonton is still fighting to stay in the top three of the division with the Calgary Flames just a point behind.

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Lindholm Showing Promise

The rookie rear guard is making a strong case

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--It's only been four games, but Anton Lindholm is showing a certain sort of promise for the Colorado Avalanche.

The 22-year-old Swedish defenseman was recalled on March 13 and made his NHL debut on the 15th against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center. Since then, he's continued to impress those keeping an eye on him.

"I really like what I see. I think he's a real competitive kid, and he skates real well," Avs head coach Jared Bednar said. "So you put those two things together, and he's an aggressive defender. If he's making a mistake, it's an aggressive mistake. He closes quickly, he's physical. He's got that edge to him. Again, the skating really helps him set tight gaps and be difficult to play against.

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Good Effort Falls Short Versus St. Louis

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

Colorado Avalanche forward John Mitchell went from being a healthy scratch on Sunday to a inspiring goalscorer on Tuesday.

The turnaround was significant in that Mitchell helped propel the club to an outstanding start tin its meeting with the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center. However, the momentum couldn't be sustained and the home team fell 4-2.

"It's always nice when you can come in and contribute and score a goal and get the team started in the right direction at the beginning of the game," Mitchell said. "So that's always good, but at the end of the day you want two points."

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Avalanche Farm Report: March 21

The playoffs heat up for the Colorado prospects

by Nicole Morris /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (24-33-7) went 1-0-2 at the AT&T Center last week, defeating the Cleveland Monsters on Tuesday but falling in past regulation contests against the San Diego Gulls on Friday and Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Rampage defeated the Monsters 4-0 in its first game of the week. Felix Girard and Gabriel Bourque both had two-point games in the win, and Spencer Martin recorded his seventh career shutout. Girard had two helpers and Bourque had a goal and an assist in the victory. Troy Bourke, Chris Bigras and Bourque also found the back of the net in San Antonio's shutout, while Brendon Ranford, A.J. Greer, Jim O'Brien and Reid Petryk assisted on the goals. Martin finished with 24 saves on the night.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 21

Colorado has two home games before its last trip to Canada

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

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Avalanche Notes

NHL FIRSTS: J.T. Compher potted his first NHL goal on Wednesday, March 15 against the Detroit Red Wings. It was also the game-winning marker and came in Compher's eighth contest in an Avalanche sweater. Defenseman Anton Lindholm made his NHL debut in that same game and finished with three hits and one blocked shot in 14:32 of ice time.

DUCHENE CRACKS TOP 10 IN FRANCHISE SCORING: Matt Duchene's goal on Wednesday night against Detroit was his 414th career point, tying Valeri Kamensky for 10th place on the franchise's all-time points list. Duchene ranks seventh in Avalanche/Nordiques history in goals (173) and is 11th in assists (241). His 28 career game-winning goals are tied with Alex Tanguay for seventh on the franchise list.


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Avs Looking For Good Habits Moving Forward

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

The Colorado Avalanche is taking on the St. Louis Blues at Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, and while the controversial offside call from Sunday's loss at the Chicago Blackhawks is still fresh with the players and the media, the important take away is how the Avs ultimately responded to Chicago's push back in the final frame of the match.

"That call, that's out of my control. That's not something I control," Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said following morning skate on Tuesday. "I've taken the approach my whole career that you got to focus on the things that you can control, and for me that's our response in those situations, how we manage the game when Chicago's making a push. I didn't like the way we did it the other night.

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Colorado Returns Home To Face St. Louis

The Avs host the Blues for the second of three meetings at Pepsi Center

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein /

Following a short two-game road trip, the Colorado Avalanche returns home to host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It's the third of five meetings between the Central-Division rivals this season and the second of three that will all be played at Pepsi Center in March. St. Louis returns to the Mile High City on the last day of the month.

Colorado is 0-2-0 so far this season against the Blues. Overall, the Avs have a 44-30-10 record against St. Louis and are 26-11-6 on home ice in the all-time series.

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Avs Can't Respond Following Video Review Call

Blackhawks scored three goals in 34 seconds in the third period

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CHICAGO--Bounces are part of the game of hockey, and the Colorado Avalanche seemed to have received the short straw on one on Sunday night.

Midway through the third period, it appeared as if Richard Panik had brought the puck into the Colorado end before teammate Jonathan Toews could round back across the blue line and get back onside. The Chicago captain didn't make it before the puck entered the zone, but play continued and Toews tallied soon after on a redirection.

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