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Rantanen Reaches 20-Goal Mark In Finale

The rookie led the team in goalscoring

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Just like that, the 2016-17 season is over for the Colorado Avalanche.

It was a campaign of trials and tribulations, of hard work and heartache. Things just didn't seem to go the way the team had hoped. 

"This was not the year we all wanted. It was frustrating pretty much from mid-December on--every day coming to the rink being where were at," Matt Duchene said following Sunday's 3-2 loss at the St. Louis Blues. "No one on the team gave up ever. We played our hearts out every single night, but everybody does that in this league. The whole league works hard. They play hard. Guys are in good shape. They can skate. They can play. It's not just enough to have that, so that's why we're at where we're at.

"Goals were hard to come by for everyone this year. The puck would not go in the net. Very frustrating year. I know I definitely got a fire lit under me going forward here, and I think a lot of other guys will [have it] too."

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Avalanche and Blues Meet in Regular-Season Finale

It's a second half of a back-to-back for both clubs

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche closes out its 2016-17 campaign on Sunday in St. Louis, where it'll take on the Blues for the final meeting of a five-game season series.

Colorado is wrapping up its season on the road for only the second time in the last 11 years dating back to 2006-07. The last time the Avs finished a season away from Pepsi Center was the 2013-14 campaign.

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Smith Stars In Dallas

The Avalanche goalie made 42 saves

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The 2016-17 season has been one that the Colorado Avalanche will surely want to forget, but it was a memorable year for goaltender Jeremy Smith.

After seven-plus seasons in the minor leagues, Smith finally made his NHL debut and appeared in 10 games for the Avs.

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Avs Closing Out Season With Back-To-Back

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Lexus Preview: Avs at Stars

Altitude TV previews Colorado vs. Dallas

Kyle Keefe and Mark Rycroft take a look at the Avalanche's matchup at the Dallas Stars

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The Colorado Avalanche, now finished with the home portion of its 2016-17 slate, hit the road for its final road trip of the campaign, a two-game swing that begins in Dallas on Saturday night. 

It's the first of a back-to-back set for the Avs, who wrap up the season at St. Louis on Sunday. Colorado is 2-8-0 in the first game of a back-to-back this year and 4-6-0 in the second. Saturday's contest is the regular-season finale for the Stars, who also have been eliminated from playoff contention.

The Avalanche is 1-3-0 against Dallas this season, the win coming on Opening Night at Pepsi Center. Colorado has a 40-30-16 overall record against the Stars and is 18-19-6 all-time on the road.

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Jost Scores First NHL Goal In Loss

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

It was hard to tell what the fans cheered louder for on Thursday night, Colorado Avalanche rookie Tyson Jost scoring his first NHL goal or his grandpa, Jim Jost, weeping tears of joy on PepsiVision when the marker was announced.

Either way, the crowd erupted for what was certainly a momentous occasion, which came fittingly on Fan Appreciation Night at Pepsi Center.

"It's special. It's nice to do it in front of the home crowd," Jost said of the play. "Hopefully there's going to many more of those at home and on the road, too. It's just disappointing that we couldn't get that win, for sure.

"It's nice to get that goal, but it's disappointing."

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Thursday Is For The Fans

What could be better than a 'W' on Fan Appreciation Night

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Thursday's contest against the visiting Minnesota Wild is the Colorado Avalanche's final home game of the season, and as such, the match will feature a celebration of the supporters that have stuck it out with the Avs this season.

An annual tradition, Fan Appreciation Night will feature giveaways galore, special ceremonies and other content aimed at honoring those who make the game worth playing.

"Regardless of our results this year, we've had a lot of people come out and support us. We're real grateful for that," forward Matt Duchene said following the team's final morning skate at Pepsi Center. "Maybe it's not deserved, but we appreciate it all the same. It just goes to show the great fanbase we have here in Colorado."

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Avs Close Out Home Slate With Fan Appreciation Night

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Lexus Preview: Avs vs. Minnesota

Keefe and Rycroft preview Thursday's game

Mark Rycroft and Kyle Keefe preview Thursday's game, which is the Avalanche's final contest at Pepsi Center this year

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The Colorado Avalanche plays its home finale on Thursday night, hosting the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. It's the fifth and final contest between the Central Division rivals, who last faced each other on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Colorado and Minnesota haven't squared off in Denver since Nov. 5, and Thursday's contest is the last of two that will be played at Pepsi Center this season. The Avalanche is 2-2-0 against the Wild in 2016-17 after winning the first two games of the series and falling in the most recent two meetings.

Overall, the Avs are 43-38-12 against the Wild, which includes a 23-19-4 mark on home ice in the all-time series. 

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Short-Handed Goals Spark Avs Comeback

Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog tallied on the PK in Colorado's win over Chicago

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

To score a short-handed goal, it takes the right combination of luck and hard work.

The Colorado Avalanche had that correct mixture twice on Tuesday night and it help catapult the club to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center.

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No Pressure On Grimaldi And Siemens

The forward and defenseman will play their second games with the Avalanche

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

There is a relaxed demeanor to both Colorado Avalanche forward Rocco Grimaldi and defenseman Duncan Siemens, more than usual for players who have yet to be in Denver for even 24 hours.

Called up from the San Antonio Rampage on Monday afternoon, both players will be in the Avs' lineup this evening when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks at Pepsi Center.

With only four games left in the regular season, the late recall is a chance for them to showcase their skills at the top level of the sport before going into an offseason full of question marks. Yet, any pressure about their future doesn't appear present.

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Colorado Begins Last Homestand Against Chicago

The Avalanche and Blackhawks meet for the fifth and final time

by Danielle Bernstein @danibernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Avalanche hosts the Chicago Blackhawks for the last time this season on Tuesday night. It's the fifth and final meeting of 2016-17 for the Central-Division foes and the second that will be played at Pepsi Center.

The contest is the first of a two-game homestand, Colorado's last of the season before wrapping up the campaign on the road this weekend. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have wrapped up their home slate, and Tuesday's game is the beginning of a three-game road trip that will close out the 2016-17 regular season.

Colorado is 1-3-0 against Chicago in 2016-17. The Avs have a 46-30-8 all-time record against the Blackhawks, including a 24-12-5 mark at home.

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