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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 15

Colorado finishes its season-long, five-game road trip on Wednesday

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LANDESKOG VOTED TO ALL-STAR GAME: Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game following the league's "Last Men In" fan voting. Landeskog was voted as the Central Division's final player and will join teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. This year marks the first time that three Avalanche players will participate in an NHL All-Star Game since 2003-04, when Rob Blake, Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay competed for the Western Conference in Minnesota. 

RANTANEN REACHES 20: Mikko Rantanen tallied his 20th goal of the season on Wednesday in Calgary, becoming only the second player in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) to score 20 or more goals in each of his first three full NHL seasons. Chris Drury scored 20-plus in his first four years.

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Landeskog Voted to NHL All-Star Game

Avs captain will join teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on Central Division roster

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has been selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, it was announced today following the "Last Men In" fan voting. Landeskog was voted as the Central Division's final player and will join teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen at the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California (6 p.m. MT, NBC). The Avalanche linemates will also participate in the SAP NHL All-Star Skills event the night before on Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m. MT, NBCSN).

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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 8

Colorado has four games on the road this week

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FIRST HALF RECORDS: Mikko Rantanen's 62 points through Colorado's first 41 games set a new Avalanche record for points through the midway point of the season, passing Peter Forsberg's 60 points in 1995-96. Rantanen ranks second in the league in scoring with 65 points and second in assists (46). His 10 power-play tallies are tied for fourth. 

BARRIE SETS NEW RECORD: With three assists last Friday night against the Rangers, Tyson Barrie became the highest-scoring defenseman in franchise history with 278 career points, surpassing John-Michael Liles, who recorded 275 points with Colorado. Barrie already passed Liles for the most assists and is two goals shy of tying Liles for second place on the franchise's list of goals by a defenseman.

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Rantanen Selected to NHL All-Star Game

Colorado's leading scorer to make first All-Star Game appearance, will join MacKinnon on Central Division roster

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen has been selected to participate in his first career NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today. Rantanen will join teammate Nathan MacKinnon on the Central Division roster for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California (6 p.m. MT, NBC). The players will also compete in the SAP NHL All-Star Skills event the night before on Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m. MT, NBCSN).

This year marks the first time that two Avalanche players will participate in an NHL All-Star Game since 2010-11 (Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny). MacKinnon was voted by the fans as captain of the Central Division, the first Avalanche player to serve as an All-Star Game captain since Joe Sakic wore the 'C' for the Western Conference at the 2007 event in Dallas. MacKinnon is the first Colorado player to be selected to three straight All-Star Games since Rob Blake from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

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Avalanche to Host Outdoor Game at Air Force in 2020

NHL announces Stadium Series coming to Colorado for second time

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, will host an outdoor game at the United States Air Force Academy on Feb. 15, 2020, it was announced today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The Avalanche's opponent for the NHL Stadium Series contest at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs will be announced at a later time.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - Jan. 1

Colorado opens 2019 against the San Jose Sharks

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LEAGUE DEBUTS: With Logan O'Connor making his NHL debut on Monday night against the Kings, four players have now made their first NHL appearance for the Avalanche in 2018-19. Defenseman Ryan Graves (Dec. 27 at Vegas), goaltender Pavel Francouz (Dec. 22 at Arizona) and forward Sheldon Dries (Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota) also skated in their first NHL games this season. O'Connor also became the seventh former University of Denver player to play a regular-season game for the Avs, joining Antti Laaksonen (2005-07), Mark Rycroft (2006-07), Paul Stastny (2006-14), Aaron MacKenzie (2008-09), Joe Colborne (2016-17) and Patrick Wiercioch (2016-17).

THIRD PERIOD SCORING: Mikko Rantanen (5-23-28), Gabriel Landeskog (16-7-23) and Nathan MacKinnon (10-13-23) are the top three-ranked players in the league in third-period scoring. Landeskog also leads the NHL in goals in the final frame of regulation with 16.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 27

Colorado returns from the NHL Holiday Break with a three-game week

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MacKINNON NAMED ASG CAPTAIN: Nathan MacKinnon has been named the Central Division's captain for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. MacKinnon will make his third straight appearance at the mid-season classic, which will be held on Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose. MacKinnon will be the first Avalanche player to serve as an All-Star Game captain since Joe Sakic captained the Western Conference at the 2007 contest in Dallas.

LEADING THE LEAGUE: Mikko Rantanen leads the NHL in scoring with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists), tied for the most points through 37 games in Avalanche history (since 1995-96). Peter Forsberg also had 59 points through 37 contests in 1995-96. Rantanen joined Forsberg (48 points in 1997-98) as the only Avalanche players to lead the league in scoring at the NHL's Holiday Break.

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MacKinnon Named Central Division Captain for 2019 All-Star Game

Avalanche center to make third straight All-Star Game appearance

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has been named the Central Division's captain for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today following the NHL All-Star Fan Vote. MacKinnon will make his third straight appearance at the mid-season classic when the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game is held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California (6 p.m. MT, NBC). MacKinnon will also participate in the SAP NHL All-Star Skills event the night before on Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m. MT, NBCSN).

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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 18

Colorado has three games before the NHL Holiday Break

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BREAKING 50: Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen are just the fifth set of teammates since 1981-82 to be the first two NHL players to reach 50 points in a season, joining Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby (2009-09), Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr (1995-96), Wayne Gretzky and Glenn Anderson (1985-86) and Gretzky and Jari Kurri (1983-84).

HISTORIC STREAK: Mikko Rantanen's career-long 14-game point streak was snapped against the New York Islanders on Monday night. The stretch matches the third-longest streak in Avalanche history (since 1995-96), trailing only Paul Stastny (20 games, Feb. 3-March 17, 2007) and Alex Tanguay (16 games, Feb. 6-March 7, 2003). Rantanen totaled 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) during the stretch and remains the league's points (56) and assists (41) leader.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 11

Busy week as Colorado returns home

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GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Avalanche ranks third in the NHL in total goals (108) and fourth in goals per game (3.60). Colorado has scored six or more goals six different times and five or more goals 11 times, both of which rank second in the NHL behind only Tampa Bay (eight and 13, respectively). The Avs rank second in third-period scoring (44) and are tied with the Lightning for the most combined second and third-period goals (83).

MacKINNON REACHES 20 GOALS: Nathan MacKinnon scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday night in Tampa Bay, matching Joe Sakic's Avalanche record for the fewest team games (30) to reach 20 goals. Sakic tallied his 20th in Colorado's 30th game in 1995-96. MacKinnon's 20 markers are tied for fourth in the NHL.

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