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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Nov. 19

by Brendan McNicholas / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche returns home to host the Calgary Flames Thursday night at Pepsi Center. The Avs just completed a 2-1 road trip to Western Canada, notching shootout victories at Vancouver (2-1) and Edmonton (3-2) before falling to the Flames 4-1 Tuesday night in Calgary.

Don’t miss your chance to see Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf in their first visit to Pepsi Center this season.


Date Opponent Time (MT) TV/Radio
Thur, Nov. 20 CALGARY 7:00 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510
Sat, Nov. 22 at Los Angeles 8:30 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510
Mon, Nov. 24 at Anaheim 8:00 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Monday that it has signed 22-year-old center Paul Stastny to a five-year contract extension beginning with the 2009-2010 season. Stastny is the Avalanche’s leading scorer this season with 15 points (3g/12a) through 17 games. The former University of Denver All-American has collected 164 points (55g/109a) in 165 NHL games.

Read more about Stastny’s signing

Check out Avalanche TV’s 60 seconds with Paul Stastny

Watch highlights of Stastny

Join the US Marines and help thousands of needy children by participating in the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. Simply drop off a toy at any collection barrel on your way into Pepsi Center before the Thursday, Nov. 20, Avalanche game against the Calgary Flames. Click here for more information on Toys for Tots or to make a donation.

Peter Budaj stopped 47-of-50 shots in Colorado’s 4-1 loss to Calgary on Tuesday night, a goaltending performance that ranked among the best in Avalanche history. Budaj’s 47 saves are the third-most by an Avs netminder since the team arrived in Denver, trailing only a pair of Patrick Roy efforts in 1997-98. Roy made a career-high 51 saves on Dec. 10, 1997 at Toronto (2-2 tie) and blocked 48 shots in a 6-2 win at Edmonton on Oct. 15, 1997. Of course Roy also holds the playoff record with his 63-save shutout at Florida in Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals. The franchise record for saves in a regular season game is a whopping 70 by Ron Tugnutt on March 21, 1991 at Boston.

The Avalanche is 3-0 in shootouts this season and has won seven consecutive shootouts dating back to last year, the longest active streak in the NHL. Colorado and Minnesota are the only NHL teams to boast perfect 3-0 records in shootouts this year (two clubs are 2-0 and the Rangers are 4-1). The Avs went 7-3 in shootouts last season (.700), the second highest winning percentage in the NHL behind Edmonton (15-4, .789%). After going 3-6 in 2005-06, Colorado has rebounded to post a 15-7 record in its last 22 shootouts. The Avalanche's current seven-game winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in shootout history.

    11 games    Dallas            Nov. 5, 2005 - March 24, 2006
    9 games      Minnesota      Feb. 2, 2006 - Nov. 16, 2006
    8 games      Tampa Bay    Jan. 7, 2007 - March 1, 2007
    7 games      Colorado        Feb. 22, 2008 - present
    7 games      Edmonton      Nov. 14, 2007 - Dec. 15, 2007
    7 games      Pittsburgh       Jan. 26, 2007 - March 6, 2007
    7 games      NY Islanders  Jan. 26, 2006 - Oct. 11, 2006

Wojtek Wolski leads the team with a 58.8% scoring percentage in shootouts, the second best mark in shootout history. He is a perfect 3-for-3 this season and has scored on his last five attempts dating back to last year.

minimum 15 attempts
        Player                        G    Att    Pct.
1.    Joe Pavelski           11    16    68.8
2.    Wojtek Wolski       10    17    58.8
3.    Erik Christensen    15    27    55.6
4.    Jussi Jokinen         18    33    54.5
4.    Slava Kozlov            18    33    54.5

Through November 17, there have been 261 games in the NHL, 41 of which (or 15.7%) have been decided in a shootout. Should that trend continue, it would mark the highest percentage of games that have ended in a shootout since the tie-breaking format started in 2005-06. The previous high was 13.33% in 2006-07.  Including this year’s totals, roughly one out of every eight NHL games (12.81%) goes to a shootout (3.951 games, 506 shootouts).

Scoring in shootouts is down this year, however, as teams are converting 30.8% of their attempts, which would be the lowest mark since 2005-06. On average, NHL clubs have scored once every three attempts (32.77%) since the shootout debuted.

University of Minnesota forward Ryan Stoa leads the Golden Gophers with 16 points (9g/7a) though 10 games, helping Minnesota to a No. 1 ranking in both national men’s hockey polls. Stoa’s nine goals lead the WCHA and rank fourth nationally, while his 1.60 points-per-game average ranks second in the conference. The unbeaten Gophers head to Denver this week to face the DU Pioneers Friday and Saturday at Magness Arena.

Read more about Stoa and Colorado’s other prospects in this week’s farm report

 Watch "Ask the Prospects" on Avalanche TV

Colorado's 3-2 shootout win at Edmonton on Saturday was the 1,000th regular season game in Avalanche history (since 1995-96). It was also the 500th road contest since the team moved from Quebec. The Avs hosted their 500th regular season home game on Nov. 8 against Nashville, recording a 1-0 victory.

XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports is underway. Cast your vote for Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny. In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the NHL will provide real-time All-Star fan balloting results online at From Nov. 12 through Jan. 2, NHL fans will be able to vote as often as they like to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Fans around the world can vote online via interactive English and French ballots at Those in the U.S. and Canada also will be able to cast their votes via text message using any wireless carrier. During the voting period, real-time results will be available exclusively on This marks the third consecutive year the All-Star Balloting process is entirely digital.

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