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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Nov. 26

by Brendan McNicholas / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche will celebrate Thanksgiving with three games in four days, hosting St. Louis on Wednesday, traveling to Phoenix on Friday and then hosting Tampa Bay on Saturday night. The club will then open a three-game road trip on Monday night in Minnesota. Colorado is in the middle of a stretch that finds them playing nine of 12 on the road.



Don’t miss your chance to see Keith Tkachuk and the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday and Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier and No. 1 overall pick Steven Stamkos on Saturday.

UPCOMING GAMES

Date Opponent Time (MT) TV/Radio
Wed, Nov. 26 ST. LOUIS 7:00 p.m. Altitude 2 / 101.5 FM
Fri, Nov. 28 at Phoenix 2:00 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510
Sat, Nov. 29 TAMPA BAY 7:00 p.m. Altitude / 101.5 FM
Mon, Dec. 1 at Minnesota 6:00 p.m. Versus / AM 1510


P. Stastny
Y. Stastny

FAMILY AFFAIR
Brothers Paul and Yan Stastny have yet to face each other in an NHL game, something they are looking to do Wednesday night when the Blues visit the Avalanche. Their father, Peter Stastny, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Paul and Peter have combined for 1,405 points, the fourth most of any father-son combo in NHL history. Yan and Peter rank fifth on that list.

TOT       FATHER                PTS     SON                      PTS
2592     Howe, Gordie     1850     Howe, Mark        742
2561     Hull, Bobby         1170     Hull, Brett          1391
1881     Howe, Gordie     1850     Howe, Marty          31
1405     Stastny, Peter     1239     Stastny, Paul      166
1248     Stastny, Peter     1239     Stastny, Yan            9
1038     Apps, Syl Sr.          432     Apps, Syl Jr.       606


LONDON CALLING
Goaltender Trevor Cann has continued his hot start with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Cann, who was acquired from Peterborough two weeks ago, is 7-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average in seven games since joining the Knights via trade. Read more about Cann, as well as the other Avalanche prospects who competed in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge in this week’s Farm Report.

Stoa

COMING THURSDAY
Check out ColoradoAvalanche.com’s feature on University of Minnesota captain Ryan Stoa coming this Thursday.

“On this Thanksgiving, University of Minnesota forward Ryan Stoa is thankful to be back on the ice with the Gophers and happy that he and the rest of the squad are playing well. Stoa has made a grand return after suffering a season-ending knee injury last year”


AVS STILL RIDING HIGH IN SHOOTOUTS
The Avalanche is a league-best 4-0 in shootouts this season. Through games of Nov. 25, only two other clubs had won at least four tie-breakers, the New York Rangers (4-1) and Montreal Canadiens (4-4). The Avs have won eight consecutive shootouts dating back to last year, tied for the third longest streak in shootout history. Individually, Peter Budaj leads all NHL goaltenders with a 4-0 record in shootouts this year.


AVALANCHE HOLIDAY GIFT PACK
Buy the Avalanche Holiday Gift Pack and get the chance to see not only four great games, but also obtain a FREE authentic Paul Stastny signed puck, FREE Avalanche Team Flag and Avalanche Playoff Ticket Priority.


ALL-STAR FAN BALLOTING
Follow the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal. Real-time results are available exclusively at http://fanballoting.nhl.com/results

Through Jan. 2, NHL fans can vote as often as they like in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports to select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Vote for Milan Hejduk, Paul Stastny and Joe Sakic now.

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