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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - March 4

by Jeff Jacobson / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche returns home from its six-game, East Coast road trip to take on defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Wednesday at Pepsi Center. The Avs currently own a 17-14-0 record at home, winning three of their last four in Denver. Colorado will return to the road Sunday to face Chicago before taking on Atlanta for the second time in two weeks.


Don’t miss your chance to catch the Avs as they take on Detroit on Wednesday (March 4) and Atlanta on Tuesday (March 10).


UPCOMING GAMES
Date Opponent Time (MT) TV/Radio
Wed, March 4 DETROIT 7:00 p.m. Altitude HD / AM 1510
Sun, March 8 at Chicago 1:00 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510
Tues, March 10 ATLANTA 7:00 p.m. Altitude HD / AM 1510


THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS:

DETROIT RED WINGS
Colorado is looking to sweep the season series with Detroit for the first time since moving to Denver. The Avs have won the first three meetings, all by one-goal margins, including two shootout wins over the Wings. Colorado won in thrilling fashion in their last meeting, claiming a 6-5 shootout win in Hockeytown on Feb. 15. The Avs also left Detroit with a 3-2 victory on Dec. 15 when former Av Jordan Leopold buried a third period penalty shot that proved to be the game winner. Colorado played host for a Dec. 27 match-up, with the Avs taking a 4-3 shootout win in the team’s last shootout at Pepsi Center. The Wings have a commanding lead in the Central Division and sit second in the Western Conference, having won three of their last four. The squad features Russian native Pavel Datsyuk who ranks fifth in the NHL in points (77) and fourth in assists (52), and NHL veteran Chris Osgood, currently in his 12th season as Detroit’s netminder.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Sunday’s game marks the fourth meeting between the Avs and Blackhawks this season. Chicago holds the slight edge, winning two of the three match-ups, while the Avalanche franchise leads the overall series 44-40-9-2 and is 29-17-3-2 since moving to Denver. The Avs managed a 2-1 win in the most recent match-up on Jan. 8 as Wojtek Wolski scored with 6:59 remaining to break a tie, and Andrew Raycroft stopped a career-high 43 shots for his sixth consecutive victory. Colorado’s visit to the United Center starts a four-game homestand for the Blackhawks, who boast a 17-5-6 home record and sit one spot behind Detroit in the Central Division.

ATLANTA THRASHERS
Colorado will play Eastern Conference foe Atlanta for the second time in 14 days Tuesday. On Feb. 24, the Avs paid a visit to Philips Arena and saw center Paul Stastny return after missing 26 games with a broken forearm. Stastny assisted on one of two goals scored by winger Milan Hejduk, but the Avalanche fell 4-3 in Atlanta. Yet, Colorado still holds the series advantage at 5-4-1-1.


BUSY, BUSY FEBRUARY
The Avs saw one of the busiest months of the season come to an end last week. Colorado played a total of 13 games in February, nine of which were on the road. The East Coast trip from Feb. 20 – March 2 was the team’s longest since moving to Denver and third longest in franchise history. Of the remaining 18 games, Colorado will play just eight away games, with the longest road trip checking in at a mere three games (March 14-17).


Laperriere
LAPPY RECORDS FOURTH STRAIGHT 100-PIM SEASON
Ian Laperriere tallied his fourth straight 100-penalty-minute season, after serving five minutes for fighting against New Jersey on Feb. 26, giving him the longest streak in Avalanche history (since 1995-96). The franchise record is seven consecutive 100-PIM seasons shared by Dale Hunter, Randy Moller and Steven Finn. Overall, this marks Laperriere’s 12th career 100-PIM campaign.


ASK THE PLAYERS: SKILL SET
ColoradoAvalanche.com caught up with a few of the Avs players to ask them one question: If you could take one part of a teammate’s game and make it your own, what would it be and why? Answers ranged from Milan Hejduk’s shot to Paul Stastny’s vision.

Click here to view the players’ answers


AVS CAST: WOJTEK WOLSKI
Wojtek Wolski was our guest in the latest installment of AvsCast. In the interview, Wolski talks a little hockey before the conversation turns to video games and his favorite TV shows. The 6-foot-3 winger leads all NHL players with seven shootout goals this season, going seven-for-eight (87.5%), and is third on the team in goals (14) and points (36).

Check out the latest episode of AvsCast and catch up on any you may have missed.

AvsCast – Feb. 26: Wojtek Wolski

Click here for the AvsCast Archives


ASK THE PROSPECTS: FAVORITE HOBBY
Colorado's prospects and young players discuss their favorite things to do away from the rink, which range from playing other sports to simply spending time with family and friends.

Watch what the players had to say about how they spend their time away from the rink


ALTITUDE TRADE DEADLINE SHOW
In place of the regularly-scheduled Avalanche All-Access show, Altitude Sports & Entertainment will be airing a special Trade Deadline show Wednesday at 6 p.m. MT. The show will feature the day’s trades, including the Avs acquiring Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson and a 2009 second round draft pick, as well as other big news from around the league.

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