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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 25

Colorado faces the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Playoff Notes

PLAYOFF OVERTIME: Colorado is 2-0 in overtime this postseason, as the Avs and Sharks (2-0) were the only teams with more than one OT victory in the first round. The Avalanche/Nordiques are 39-29 all-time in playoff overtime, including a 29-20 record since moving to Denver.

GRUBAUER'S STRONG START: Philipp Grubauer was 4-1 with a 1.89 goals-against average and .939 save percentage during Colorado's first-round series victory against Calgary. His goals-against average finished second among NHL goaltenders during the opening round, while his save percentage ranked third. Grubauer won his final four starts of the series, the longest win streak by an Avalanche goalie in a single postseason since Patrick Roy won four straight to open the 2001 playoffs (April 12-18, 2001 vs. Vancouver).

 

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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 18

Colorado leads the best-of-seven first-round series against Calgary

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Playoff Notes

MAKAR MAKES HISTORY: Cale Makar made his NHL debut in Game 3 on Monday night and scored his first NHL goal to become the first player in Avalanche/Nordiques franchise history to register his first marker while making his NHL debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's also the seventh player in NHL history and first-ever defenseman to make his league debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and score a goal.

HIGH-FLYING OFFENSE: Colorado's 6-2 win in Game 3 marked the first time the Avs have scored six or more goals in a postseason contest since Game 2 of the 2002 Western Conference Conference Semifinals vs. San Jose (8-2 win on May 4, 2002). The Avalanche put up 56 shots in Monday night's contest, its second-most in a playoff game in franchise history and one shy of the record (57) set in Game 4 of the 1996 Western Conference Semifinals at Chicago (May 8, 1996). It was the franchise's most shots in a regulation playoff game and the most by an NHL team in a non-overtime finish since the Florida Panthers put up 61 in a victory over Pittsburgh in the 1996 Eastern Conference Final (May 24, 1996).

POSTSEASON PRODUCTION: Nathan MacKinnon has 21 points (8g/13a) in 17 career playoff games, the highest points-per-game average (1.24) among active players and tied for sixth (Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy) in Stanley Cup Playoff history among players with at least 10 points.

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Start Time Set for Avalanche-Flames Game 5 on Friday

Calgary hosts Colorado at 8 p.m. MT

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League announced tonight that the start time of Game 5 of the First Round Series between the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames has been set for 8 p.m. MT on Friday.

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NHL Releases Final Prospect Rankings For 2019 Draft

Jack Hughes, Kaapa Kakko top respective rankings

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

TORONTO - Center Jack Hughes of the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 Team and right wing Kaapo Kakko of Finland's TPS maintained their No. 1 ranking among North American and international skaters, respectively, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Avalanche Signs Cale Makar to Entry-Level Contract

Hobey Baker Award winner to join Colorado immediately

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Cale Makar to a three-year, entry-level contract. He will join the Avalanche immediately for its Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Calgary Flames.

Makar, 20, just completed his sophomore season at the University of Massachusetts, helping the Minutemen reach the NCAA Frozen Four Championship Game. The Calgary, Alberta, native was named the winner of the 2019 Hobey Baker Award, becoming the first player in school history to win college hockey's top individual prize. 

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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 11

Colorado takes on the Calgary Flames in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: The Avalanche's current roster features a combined 422 games of playoff experience, led by Derick Brassard with 90. Ian Cole is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2016 and 2017 with Pittsburgh), while Philipp Grubauer won the Stanley Cup with Washington last season.

OFF TO A FAST START: The Avalanche/Nordiques are 18-10 all-time in playoff series when winning the first game, 15-5 since moving to Denver.

POSTSEASON PRODUCTION: Nathan MacKinnon has 16 points (5g/11a) in 13 career playoff games. His 1.23 points-per-game average is tied with Leon Draisaitl for the second highest of any active player, trailing only David Pastrnak's 1.33 mark (24 in 18 contests). 

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Avalanche to Select Fourth Overall at 2019 NHL Draft

Order of first 15 was revealed during draft lottery

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will select fourth overall at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver following the results of Tuesday's draft lottery in Toronto.

The results of the lottery were revealed live on national television in North America from Sportsnet's "Hockey Central Studio" at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic was the Avalanche's representative at the unveil.

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Altitude Announces Stanley Cup Playoffs First-Round Broadcast Schedule

First four games will be televised locally on Altitude

by Altitude Sports & Entertainment @AltitudeTV / AltitudeSports.com

Altitude Sports & Entertainment will broadcast Games 1-4 of the Western Conference first-round series between the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames. Pending Games 5-7, Altitude Sports will announce an extended broadcast schedule for the remaining games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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By The Numbers: Avalanche 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Colorado is in the postseason for a second consecutive season

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

The Colorado Avalanche secured its spot in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in overtime on Thursday night. Here is a look at the team's postseason history.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 2

Colorado is in the last week of the 2018-19 regular season

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

REACHING 500: Colorado's win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night was the Avalanche's 500th regular-season win at home since moving to Denver in 1995 and the 800th home victory for the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise.

GROOVY GRUBAUER: Philipp Grubauer has started a career-high eight consecutive games, posting a 6-0-2 record with a 1.59 goals-against average and .954 save percentage. Grubauer finished last month with a .955 save percentage, the highest ever by an Avalanche/Nordiques goalie in March, topping Patrick Roy's .952 in March 2003. It was the second-highest save percentage in any calendar month in franchise history (min 7 GP), trailing only Peter Budaj's .957 in December 2009.

CAPTAIN CLUTCH: Gabriel Landeskog is tied for the NHL lead with nine game-winning goals and leads all players with 20 markers in the third period. His 20 third-period tallies are an Avalanche record and the most by a franchise player since 1992-93 (Quebec's Mats Sundin 22, Joe Sakic 20).

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