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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Feb. 9

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

WEEK OF Feb. 9-15
All Times Mountain

Wed, Feb. 9 @ Minnesota (6:00 p.m.)
Fri, Feb. 11 @ Columbus (5:00 p.m.)
Sat, Feb. 12 @ Nashville (6:00 p.m.)
Mon, Feb. 14 vs. Calgary (8:00 p.m.)

They Said It...

 “I’m gonna go see Greg and see if we can work something out.”

-Peter Forsberg, revealing his decision to officially make an NHL comeback. After meeting with Avalanche GM Greg Sherman, the two sides agreed on a deal for the remainder of the 2010-11 season

Photo of the Week

Stat Of The Week

John-Michael Liles appeared in his 500th career game on Monday night in Phoenix. He became the sixth defenseman in franchise history to reach 500 games, joining Adam Foote (961), Steven Finn (605), Alexei Gusarov (565), Curtis Leschyshyn (522) and Randy Moller (508).

Avalanche All-Access

This week on Avalanche All Access, defenseman Ryan O’Byrne joins hosts Kyle Keefe and Julie Browman at Sushi Sasa in downtown Denver to roll some sushi.  O’Byrne also talks about his trade to Denver, and how he’s enjoying playing with the Avalanche.  Plus, in honor of Black History Month, we take a look back at the career of Willie O’Ree, the “Jackie Robinson” of the NHL.  Also, Mike Haynes chats with head coach Joe Sacco, and Peter McNab talks about the impact of physical play on the players in the NHL.

Colorado finishes off a four-game road trip with contests against Minnesota, Columbus and Nashville before returning to Pepsi Center to host the Calgary Flames in the Avalanche’s third of five February home games.

Colorado will play the second game of its road swing on Wednesday night in St. Paul when the Avs take on the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. These two clubs recently met up on Feb. 3 at Pepsi Center, when the Wild skated away with a 4-3 victory. This will be the fifth of six meetings between the teams this season, with the Avs and Wild each earning a pair of victories to date.

The Avs begin a back-to-back road set on Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Colorado has come away with a pair of 5-1 victories against the Jackets this season; the first contest taking place on Oct. 30 in Denver and the other on Nov. 12 in Ohio.

The second half of the back-to-back set will come Saturday against the Nashville Predators. Colorado and Nashville have only squared off once this season, with the Preds taking a 5-1 decision on Jan. 20 at Pepsi Center.

Colorado returns home to kick off a quick two-game homestand with a late Monday night start (8:00 p.m.) against their Northwest Division rival Calgary Flames. This game will mark the fourth meeting between the teams in 2010-11. The Flames have taken two of the first three contests, including a 3-2 win over the Avs on New Year’s Eve.

It’s been a busy news week for the Avalanche.

First and foremost, Peter Forsberg’s decision to play for Colorado caused, by far, the biggest buzz. The former NHL MVP announced his intentions to play the remainder of the 2010-11 season following Sunday morning’s practice at Family Sports Center. He officially signed a contract shortly after. Now, the Swedish forward needs to finish the paperwork process before he officially steps onto the ice for an NHL contest. Forsberg is expected to be available and play at some point during the Avalanche’s current road trip.

There were also a few other pieces of good news that may have been overshadowed by Forsberg’s announcement.

Chief among those tidbits was the fact that Peter Mueller has returned to the ice after suffering a concussion during a preseason game. The forward began skating on Wednesday, which is a big step in the right direction, but there remains no firm timetable for his return.


That wasn’t the only good news on the injury front, as David Jones (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence during Thursday’s contest against the Minnesota Wild, and Ryan O’Reilly made his way back into the lineup on Saturday after missing seven games with a shoulder injury of his own.

-Peter Forsberg discussed his decision to return to the Avalanche, which was made official on Sunday morning. Watch as Forsberg unveils his decision to the media

-On Tuesday we posted a feature story on goaltending prospect Calvin Pickard, who has been a workhorse this season for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds

-Craig Anderson, Matt Hunwick and Paul Stastny skated with the Avalanche Pee Wee team before the club headed to Quebec for the 52nd Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. Check out photos and a video from the practice

-The Avalanche/Blues game that was postponed on Feb. 1 due to severe weather will now be played on Feb. 22 in St. Louis

-This week’s Farm Report focuses on Belleville defenseman Stephen Silas, who recently netted his first goal of the season

-Kevin Porter earned Avalanche “Play of the Week” honors for his pass that set up a Milan Hejduk goal against the Minnesota Wild

-Check out last week’s top goals, saves and hits from around the NHL.

-The hockey puck celebrated its 135th anniversary on Monday, and David Keon Jr. shows us some of the most famous pucks in history in this video piece staff writer Matt Cubeta answers 11 fantasy-related questions for the remainder of the 2010-11 season

-The Avalanche will present two deals for Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames (which could potentially be Forsberg’s first home game of the season).

First is the Arby’s Faceoff 4-Pack, which gives you 4 tickets, 4 regular roast beef sandwiches, 4 small curly fries, 4 medium Pepsis and a $10 Altitude Authentics gift card for $99. Also available is the KYGO Puck Pack, which gives you two tickets, two Pepsis and a $10 Altitude Authentics gift card for $98.50. Get your tickets before they run out!

-The next Colorado Avalanche Mailbag will be posted on Thursday. Check back to see if your question made the cut this time around
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