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Avs And Kings Close Season Series At Pepsi Center

Colorado and Los Angeles have each won once in meetings this year

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings will play for the third and final time this season on Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. It's the second meeting of the season series in the Mile High City, where Colorado won the first matchup 4-1 on Nov. 15.

The teams have split the first two games of the 2016-17 series with the home team picking up the victory in each matchup. Colorado is 36-38-9 all-time against the Kings with a 22-17-1 record on home ice in the overall series.

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Zadorov Out For The Season With Ankle Injury

Erik Johnson and Rene Bourque are progressing

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov left Monday's practice after colliding with forward Mikko Rantanen during one of the on-ice exercises and is out for the remainder of the regular season with a fractured ankle, the team announced.

The incident occurred when Zadorov became entwined with Rantanen during a drill.

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Third-Period Comeback Falls Short

The Avs fought back to force OT on Sunday

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

When Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vladislav Namestnikov beat Colorado Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard with a weak shot to deliver a 2-0 lead roughly halfway through Sunday's game at Pepsi Center, the Avs certainly could have fallen apart.

Having gone 1-4 on the recent season-long, five-game game road trip along the East Coast, the only thing the Avalanche had going for it was a big 2-1 victory in overtime at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

Perhaps that confidence was enough for Colorado, which refused to lie down and let a hungry Lightning squad skate away with an easy triumph. The home team went into the dressing room at the second intermission and vowed to do better than it had in the first two frames.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 19

The Jr. Avs bid farewell to Quebec City

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The final day in Quebec City brought many emotions for the Jr. Avalanche.

Most players and their billet families returned to the Videotron Centre one final time to watch the AA Championship. Two local Quebec teams faced off in the Final, and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar defeated the Drummondville Voltigeurs 5-2. The Videotron Centre was packed with over 8,000 fans in attendance to watch the Championship games throughout the day.

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Avalanche Returns Home To Face Lightning

Colorado hosts Tampa Bay on You Can Play Night at Pepsi Center

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche plays its first game at Pepsi Center in 10 days, hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday evening. It's the first home contest since Feb. 9 for Colorado as it returns from a season-long, five-game road trip.

This is the second game of a back-to-back set for Tampa Bay, its 11th of 16 sets this season. The Lightning are 2-4-4 in the second game of a back-to-back this season.

The Avs are 17-9-4 overall against the Lightning and have won three of the last four meetings, including the first one this season, a 4-0 shutout in Tampa on Oct. 20. As the home team in the all-time series, Colorado is 10-3-2 and has been victorious in six of the last seven. The Avalanche was shutout by the Lightning 4-0 in its last home game against Tampa on Jan. 12, 2016.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 18

The Jr. Avs faced the Drummondville Voltigeurs

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Following a big win Friday night over the Atlanta Fire, the Jr. Avs looked to capture three games in a row as they laced up their skates again Saturday for the AA Semifinal game against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

As many professional athletes will attest, replicating a victorious pregame routine will prepare you mentally before taking the ice. As they did Friday afternoon, the Jr. Avs returned to the streets of Quartier Petit-Champlain at Spag & Tini, where the team enjoyed an identical pregame meal of spaghetti and meatballs.

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Colorado Closes Out Carolina

Colorado finished its game and road trip on a high note

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

RALEIGH, N.C.--Closing out the end of games has been a struggle for the Colorado Avalanche this season, but Friday night was not one of those instances.

The Avs held off a third-period push by the Carolina Hurricanes and won 2-1 in overtime at PNC Arena to finish their season-long, five-game road trip with a victory.

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On The Road: Game Day In Carolina

The Avalanche closes the road trip against the Hurricanes

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche is on its last day of the season-long road trip, and it concludes with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The team arrived in Raleigh close to 1 a.m. the previous night, so rest is key for the players as they get ready for the second half of a back-to-back and fifth contest in the last seven days.

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Postcards From Quebec - Feb. 17

The Jr. Avalanche took down the Atlanta Fire

by Rui Encarnacao / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Jr. Avalanche faced off against the Atlanta Fire in the team's second tournament game on Friday night. With their tournament livelihood on the line, the Jr. Avs picked up a big 2-1 win and advanced to the semifinal round of the "AA" division.

Goaltender Liam Lane played outstanding once again, stopping all but one deflected shot.

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Avs Close Out Road Trip At Hurricanes

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche finishes up a season-long, five-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, the second contest of a back-to-back set for the Avs. Colorado, which is 3-4-0 this season in the second game of such scenarios, is playing their second set of two games in two nights on this road trip and eighth of 10 during the 2016-17 campaign.

For Carolina, Friday's game is its first following its mandatory five-day bye week. The Hurricanes currently sit in eighth place in the Metropolitan Division and eight points out of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

The Avalanche is 16-6-6 all-time against the Hurricanes and 6-5-3 on the road in the overall series. However, Carolina has won the last six meetings in Raleigh.

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