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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Oct. 20

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

WEEK OF OCT. 13-19
All Times Mountain

Thu, Oct. 21 vs. San Jose (7:00 p.m.)
Sat, Oct. 23 vs. Los Angeles (7:00 p.m.)
Tue, Oct. 26 @ Vancouver (8:00 p.m.)



They Said It...

“It’s been a while since my last game, but I feel I’m playing better and better with every minute.”

-Rookie defenseman Jonas Holos, while chatting with Avalanche color analyst Peter McNab during the second intermission of his first NHL game


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Stat Of The Week

John-Michael Liles has tallied an assist in all six games (0g/8a), matching the longest assist streak to begin a season in franchise history.  Paul Stastny also had a six-game assist streak to open the 2008-09 campaign.  Liles' six-game point streak ties Sandis Ozolinsh for the longest point streak by an Avalanche/Nordiques defenseman to begin a season.  Ozolinsh opened the 1996-97 campaign with a point in six straight contests



Avalanche All-Access


This week on Avalanche All Access, Kyle Keefe and Julie Browman are hanging out at City Park, where Peter Budaj stops by to play some Frisbee golf with Kyle and to chat about the season.  Also, we catch up with Joe Sakic at his annual golf tournament that benefits Food Bank of the Rockies.  We also take a look back at the highlights of the Avalanche's east coast road trip, and Mike Haynes talks to Head Coach Joe Sacco.

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I. THE STORYLINE
For the second consecutive season, the Avalanche came away from a long early-season road trip with a winning record. After posting a 4-1-2 mark on a seven-game swing a year ago, Colorado finished up a tough five-game trip last week with a 3-2 mark.

Now, it’s up to the young Avalanche squad to maintain that momentum upon returning to Pepsi Center.

II. WHAT’S ON TAP
The Avalanche has three games on the schedule this week, with the first two coming at home. First on tap will be Thursday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks, who eliminated the Avs in the 2010 Western Conference Quarterfinals. The two clubs met up four times during the regular season last year, with Colorado posting a 2-2 record while out-scoring the Sharks, 14-13.

Next up will be a Saturday contest against the Los Angeles Kings, who are proving to be in the same general category as the Avalanche – a young, exciting team on the rise. After qualifying for the postseason last year for the first time since 2002 and tying the franchise record with 46 victories, the Kings are off to a 3-1 start (through Tuesday’s games).

Finally, the Avs will wrap up the week with a road game in Vancouver. The contest against last year’s Northwest Division Champions will be Colorado’s first against a divisional opponent this season.

III. NEWS OF THE WEEK
While the Avalanche was in the New York metropolitan area last week, some of the team’s players visited the NHL’s offices and sat down for various video and print interviews. First, Paul Stastny, T.J. Galiardi and Chris Stewart spent some time with Billy Jaffe to take part in a roundtable discussion.

Biggest Prankster I Cooking
Mature/Immature I College vs. Juniors 
Hockey Idol I Expectations I Favorite Athlete

The NHL.com staff also put together a handful of features on the Avalanche, which included stories about how Chris Stewart’s brother convinced him to start playing hockey again, a rehash of Craig Anderson’s 51-save performance in last year’s playoffs and a long feature on Paul Stastny’s importance to the Avalanche franchise.

IV. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
-One request for Avalanche Mailbag questions last week turned into a pair of interesting reads. First, Timothy from Flint asked the players a question that sparked quite a debate: If the NCAA Champions faced off against the Memorial Cup Champions, who would win? The inquiry caused such a spirited discussion that we decided to turn it into a separate feature.

-Also, ColoradoAvalanche.com hosted its first Avalanche Mailbag of the year on Thursday, with questions being posed to Matt Duchene, David Jones, Ryan O’Reilly, Paul Stastny and Chris Stewart.

-Finally, defenseman Jonas Holos added a small piece to Norway’s hockey history this past week when he made his NHL debut. He became the sixth player from his native country to skate in the NHL, and the second to suit up for the Avs.

V. AROUND THE LEAGUE
-Although the NHL just conducted its 2010 NHL Entry Draft a few months ago, the process is already in motion for the 2011 Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. NHL Central Scouting provided an early glimpse Tuesday with the release of their "Players to Watch" list for U.S. scholastic and Canadian provincial leagues.

-Be sure to take advantage of the free preview of NHL Center Ice, which is quickly winding down. Continuing until Oct. 24, fans will be able to watch up to 40 out-of-market games per week, as well as see the numerous innovations that are part of the 14-channel package.

VI. ODDS AND ENDS
-The first Key Bank Guys Night Out special of the season will take place Thursday against the San Jose Sharks. Get 2 tickets, 2 beers and 2 Guys Night Out t-shirts, all for $59.

-Saturday’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings marks the Avalanche’s first “Family Night” of the season.  Fans can get 4 tickets, 4 Pepsis and 4 Family Meals (Choice of Hot Dog, Pizza, Cheese Steak, Nacho Deluxe, Salad, Bigger Burger or Tender w/Fries) for only $99.

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