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This Week In Avalanche Hockey: April 6

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

Week Of April 6-10
All Times Mountain

Thu, Apr. 7 @ Dallas (6:30 p.m.)
Fri, Apr. 8 vs. Dallas (7:00 p.m.)
Sun, Apr. 10 vs. Edmonton (1:00 p.m.)

They Said It...

  “When you’re on the bench and watching the play go on, you’re so used to watching all the guys you used to play with, and now all of a sudden you’re on the other side. But it’s been a while now, so things should be easier.”

-Forward Jay McClement, in reference to his first trip back to St. Louis after being traded in mid-February. McClement and defenseman Erik Johnson played their second game against their former club on Tuesday, April 5

Photo of the Week

Stat Of The Week

Colorado has seen a total of 38 players suit up in the Burgundy and Blue this season, a number that falls one shy of the Avalanche record for most players used in a single season. The team record is 39, which was shared by the 1998-99 and 2003-04 editions of the Avalanche.

Avalanche All-Access

This week on Avalanche All Access, forward Cody McLeod joins hosts Kyle Keefe and Julie Browman at Bonnie Brae Ice Cream.  The gang scoops ice cream for the customers, and Cody talks about being a new dad. 

Also, Julie Browman checks out the Mile High Dreams Gala, where she investigates what sports Denver athletes are watching when they’re not playing.  Plus, Mike Haynes chats with head coach Joe Sacco, and Peter McNab talks about his NHL Awards picks in his “McNab Minute.”

Colorado closes out its 2010-11 season by playing three games in four nights, including a home-and-home back-to-back set with the Dallas Stars.

The Avalanche concludes a two-game road trip on Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. MT contest against the Dallas Stars. Following that game, both teams will head to Denver to conclude the back-to-back set with a 7:00 p.m. game at Pepsi Center. Colorado has won both of the first two matchups between the clubs this season, earning a 5-0 shutout on Nov. 5 at Pepsi Center and a 4-3 shootout triumph on Nov. 20 in Texas.

The season comes to a close on Sunday, when the Avalanche hosts the Edmonton Oilers during a 1:00 p.m. tilt at Pepsi Center. Sunday will be Fan Appreciation Day, the highlight of which will be a special “Jerseys Off Our Backs” ceremony. At the conclusion of the game, a number of lucky raffle winners will receive game-worn sweaters from Avalanche players.

One thing to keep an eye on as the season comes to a close is Matt Duchene’s pursuit of franchise history.

The second-year pro is attempting to become the youngest player in Avalanche/Nordiques history to lead the team in scoring. Duchene is currently pacing the team with 63 points (27g/36a) with three games remaining.

His closest competitor, Paul Stastny, has 57 points (22g/35a), but is out for the remainder of the season due to injury. Milan Hejduk is third on the scoring chart with 54 points (21g/33a). So, with only a few contests remaining, it looks like Duchene is on his way to making a little bit of history.

The Haliburton, Ontario native will be 20 years, 84 days when the regular season closes out on April 10. The current franchise mark is held by long-time captain Joe Sakic, who led the Quebec Nordiques with 102 points (39g/63a) in 1989-90, was 20 years, 268 days when he accomplished the feat.

-It was announced on Sunday that assistant captain Paul Stastny will miss the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his leg.  Colorado’s second-leading scorer, Stastny achieved numerous milestones this year, including his first appearance at the NHL All-Star Game

-John-Michael Liles missed Tuesday’s game in St. Louis with a concussion, and he will also be out for Thursday’s contest in Dallas

-David Jones’ goal against Anaheim – which came off a nifty feed from Daniel Winnik – was named the Avalanche’s “Play of the Week”

-Be sure to read up on Colorado’s prospects in this week’s Farm Report. Many of the organizations young players are still alive in the playoffs at the junior or NCAA levels, while the Lake Erie Monsters and Tulsa Oilers are gearing up for the postseason themselves

-Over at, NHL correspondent Rick Sadowski takes a look at how Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly has been developing his offensive game

-In this exclusive you can see Central Scouting’s top-10 prospects from the OHL, WHL, QMJHL, USA East, USA West and Canadian Juniors/Midgets, in no particular order

-Sticking with the draft, NHL On The Fly’s Craig Button lists his five top players available

-A pair of scouts, one from the East and another from the West, also weighed in with some draft predictions

-The Avalanche will host a Pepsi Student Rush night on Friday when the Dallas Stars come to town. Tickets are $15 with a student ID at the Pepsi Center box office on game day. Pepsi Student Rush t-shirts can be redeemed at Pepsi Center with Student Rush stickers found on Pepsi products

-Sunday’s game against Edmonton will be an Avalanche Family Night. With this deal you’ll receive four tickets, four Pepsis and four Family Meals (Choice of Hot Dog, Pizza, Cheese Steak, Nacho Deluxe, Salad, Bigger Burger or Tender w/Fries) for just $99.

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