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Colorado And Vegas Begin Home-And-Home Set In Denver

The Avs will host the expansion Golden Knights in their last afternoon game of the regular season

by Danielle Bernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche hosts the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday afternoon at Pepsi Center in the last of seven home matinee contests this season and the fourth this month.

It's the first and only meeting in Denver between the teams, who will also play Monday night in Las Vegas to wrap up the home-and-home set and the three-game season series.

Colorado enters Saturday's tilt sitting in the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, while Vegas, which became the fourth team in the league to reach 100 points on Thursday night, is in first place in the Pacific Division.

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Avs Loss To Kings A Learning Experience

Colorado fell 7-1 to Los Angeles

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Every game is a new learning experience with opportunities to develop, and the Colorado Avalanche will use its loss to the Los Angeles Kings as a growing exercise.

The Avalanche fell 7-1 to the Kings at Pepsi Center on Thursday in the second matchup between the clubs this season.

"This will be a good lesson for our guys," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar. "Now, we will look at some things in the video and have a good day at practice tomorrow, which is much needed, and then try to bounce back here and respond after the loss.

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Avs Get Ready For Another Big Game

The Avs and Kings are separated by one point in the standings

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

With nine contests remaining in the season, the Colorado Avalanche wants to take advantage of the situation it is in as it pushes for the playoffs.

Each game is becoming increasingly more meaningful and seemingly has more significance than the last, and that is true against tonight as the Avalanche hosts the Los Angeles Kings at Pepsi Center in the next biggest game of the campaign.

"That's probably the easiest thing, coming to the rink and realizing the task at hand, I think we have been good at that for the last couple of months," said defenseman Tyson Barrie. "We realize how big these games are and we are a young team, but we get the gravity of the situation we are in and we have done a good job to put ourselves where we are and we want to capitalize on it."

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Kings

Carl Soderberg will miss his second straight game due to an illness

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

In a game with major playoff implications, the Colorado Avalanche will once again be without one of the squad's veteran forwards.

Carl Soderberg is still under the weather and will miss his second consecutive game tonight when the Avs host the Los Angeles Kings at Pepsi Center.

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Avs Face Kings In Battle For Playoff Positioning

Colorado hosts Los Angeles in the only meeting of the season at Pepsi Center

by Scott MacDonald /

The Colorado Avalanche (40-25-8) continues its fight for a postseason spot as the team returns home for two games, starting with a Thursday night matchup against the Los Angeles Kings (40-27-7). The Avs enter Thursday's contest one point ahead and has a game in hand on the Kings for the Western Conference's first wild-card spot.

This is the second of three meetings between the two clubs this campaign, and the only one in the Mile High City. The two teams will square off one more time at Staples Center in L.A. on April 2.

The Avalanche is 36-39-10 against L.A. since the 1995-96 season but owns a more favorable record on home ice, going 22-18-1.  

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Varlamov Shines In Chicago, Again

Goaltender makes 44 saves in Avalanche victory

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

When Semyon Varlamov plays the Chicago Blackhawks, a strong performance by the Colorado Avalanche goaltender is almost a given.

He did it again on Tuesday night at United Center as the Avs keeper stopped 44 of 45 shots in a 5-1 victory. Colorado is now 8-1-3 in its last 12 games and has 40 wins on the campaign.

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Colorado Looks To Keep Pace In Playoff Race

Avalanche take on the Blackhawks for the second time in two weeks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

The Colorado Avalanche is presently in a playoff spot, but the players know they are far from secure.

Teams above and below the Avs in the standings seem to be picking up points on a nightly basis, which has increased the importance of every game down the final stretch and forced Colorado to match that output.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Blackhawks

Colin Wilson returns to the lineup

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Colorado Avalanche forward Colin Wilson will return to the lineup for tonight's game at the Chicago Blackhawks after being out for the last eight with a head injury.

Wilson has missed just over two weeks of action after getting hurt in the March 2 contest versus the Minnesota Wild. He has 16 points (six goals and 10 assists) in 51 games this year.

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Avs Hit The Road To Face Blackhawks

Colorado has one game as the visiting team before returning to Pepsi Center

by Taylor Hodapp /

The Colorado Avalanche heads to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday for the third meeting in a four-game series between the clubs this season. This is the last time the Avs will play in Chicago in 2017-18 as the series concludes on March 30 at Pepsi Center.

Colorado is 1-0-1 when facing Chicago this season and 48-30-9 overall against the Blackhawks in 87 meetings since 1995-96, including a 22-18-4 record as the visiting team.

The Avalanche is 39-25-8 during the regular season and currently holds the first wild-card position in the Western Conference. Chicago is 30-34-9 this campaign and 17-15-4 in contests in its friendly confines.

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Johnson Resumes Solid Play In Avs Win

The defenseman returned to game action after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

With the regular season nearing its end, it was a perfect time for Colorado Avalanche veteran defenseman Erik Johnson to return to the lineup and soar.

Johnson picked up right where he left off in the Avalanche's 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center on Sunday after missing four weeks with an upper-body injury.

"I was nervous, but I am nervous before every game honestly and I think if you aren't nervous, you shouldn't be playing," said Johnson. "I had butterflies like I do every game, but getting those first couple of hits out of the way early definitely helped, and it was just kind of easy from there after I got a couple good looks in to settle down. I got my feet under me, and I was happy with the way I played for the first game back."

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