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Colorado Focuses on Big Weekend with Chicago

The Avs have a back-to-back, home-and-home set against the Blackhawks this weekend

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Coming off a successful two-game road trip, the Colorado Avalanche returns to Denver for a big weekend slate. The team will face off twice against the Central Division-rival Chicago Blackhawks, once at Pepsi Center on Saturday afternoon and again at United Center the following night.

It will be the final clashes between the two clubs this season as the Avalanche has generated a 1-1-1 mark so far against the Blackhawks. The Avs won both contests against the Hawks at Pepsi Center last year and owns a 27-13-6 all-time record at home (since 1995-96).

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Avalanche Prepares for Central Division Road Trip

Colorado visits the Wild on Tuesday and the Stars on Thursday

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Coming off a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday, the Colorado Avalanche looks to continue its playoff push during its two-game trip against a pair of Central Division rivals.

The journey features a matchup with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and a visit to the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Both teams are clubs that Colorado is jostling with in the Western Conference wild-card race.

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Avs Prepare to Host Devils

Colorado faces New Jersey for the second and final time this season on Sunday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After falling to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, the Colorado Avalanche got back to work on its practice ice on Saturday to prepare for its next contest.  

The majority of the session at Family Sports Center had the team split into two groups, forwards and defensemen. Left wing Matt Calvert and rear guard Erik Johnson were the only skaters who did not participate as each was given a maintenance day.

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Avalanche Enters Season's Homestretch

Colorado has 12 games remaining in its regular season schedule

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Rested and refocused, the Colorado Avalanche is ready to continue its push for the playoffs with just over three weeks remaining in the regular season

The Avalanche had three days between games and used the last of which on Thursday to have one of its longer team practices in recent weeks. Every healthy player took part in the 45-minute session at Family Sports Center in preparation for Friday's matchup against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Avalanche Prepares For Hurricanes

Colorado holds optional practice before facing Carolina

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche will get its first significant break between games later this week, but the club first has a tough task ahead of it in the Carolina Hurricanes.

Colorado hosts Carolina on Monday night at Pepsi Center in the second outing of a four-game homestand before having three days between contests, a rarity at this time of the season around the league.

The Avalanche has played nearly every other day since Feb. 5, and Monday's matchup against the Hurricanes marks the end of a stretch featuring 19 games in 35 days.

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Opportunity For Avs In Landeskog's Absence

Colorado mixed up its line combinations at practice

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--With Friday's news that Gabriel Landeskog is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with an upper body injury, the onus goes to his Colorado Avalanche teammates to help shoulder the load in the club's playoff push.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for some guys," said head coach Jared Bednar. "We need some guys to step up here and elevate their game. Guys like (Alexander) Kerfoot and (Tyson) Jost will get more opportunity, everybody will get more opportunity."

Bednar did a mass adjustment of his forward lines during the club's 30-minute practice at Family Sports Center, trying new combinations with the absence of their captain for the remainder of the regular season.

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Landeskog Out 4-6 Weeks with Upper-Body Injury

Avalanche forward was hurt in Thursday's game at the Dallas Stars

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog will miss four-to-six weeks with an upper-body injury, head coach Jared Bednar announced following Friday's practice.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for some guys," Bednar said of the team captain's absence. "We need some guys to step up here and elevate their game… Everybody will get more opportunity."

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Graves Set To Play In Quick Trip to Dallas

Nikita Zadorov will miss the trip with an upper-body injury

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENNTENIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche improved to 6-2-1 in its last nine games with a 4-3 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and will look to keep the momentum rolling when the team visits the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

It is a quick, one-game trip for the Avs, who return to Denver after the contest to begin a four-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Sabres.

Defenseman Nikita Zadorov will not be on the trek to Dallas as he will stay in Denver for further evaluation following an upper-body injury suffered versus Detroit, head coach Jared Bednar said after an optional practice on Wednesday at Family Sports Center.

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Avalanche Practices in San Jose

Colorado holds a full-team practice after playing the Sharks the previous night

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SAN JOSE, Calif.--The day after falling 4-3 to the Sharks in San Jose, the Colorado Avalanche took the ice at SAP Center once again, this time for practice.

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Avs Look to Keep Pace in California

Colorado begins two-game road trip at the San Jose Sharks

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Winners of three straight on the road and with points in each of its last six contests away from Pepsi Center, the Colorado Avalanche looks to keep it solid play in visiting barns going this weekend with two games in California.

Colorado is 6-1-1 in its last eight games and its six-game road point streak (3-0-3) matches a season high. The Avs begin their trek on Friday night at the San Jose Sharks and will play the Anaheim Ducks in a Sunday matinee before returning to Denver.

"I think our commitment to defend on the road has been really good recently," J.T. Compher said following Thursday's practice at Family Sports Center. "We're limiting some good teams to not having a lot of scoring chances, and it's a good recipe to get a win."

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