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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Oct. 29

Joe Thornton and the Pacific Division-leading Sharks visit Pepsi Center

Wednesday, 10.29.2008 / 9:53 AM MT / News
By Brendan McNicholas
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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Oct. 29

The Avalanche will host a pair of games this week, facing off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night before welcoming Joe Thornton and the Pacific Division-leading San Jose Sharks on Sunday evening (6:00 p.m. puck drop). Sunday’s game will be the first half of a back-to-back set for the Avs, who will travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks on Monday.

The Avalanche saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-0 loss to Calgary on Tuesday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Colorado’s five-game streak was its longest in the month of October since winning nine in a row in October of 2000.

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Date Opponent Time (MT) TV/Radio
Thurs, Oct. 30 COLUMBUS 7:00 p.m. Altitude HD / AM 1510
Sun, Nov. 2 SAN JOSE 6:00 p.m. Altitude HD / AM 1510
Mon, Nov. 3 at Chicago 6:30 p.m. Altitude / AM 1510

The Colorado Springs Jr. Tigers topped the Littleton Hawks by a 3-2 score Monday night in the championship game of the 2008 Colorado Avalanche Quebec Qualifier Tournament at Pepsi Center. The Tigers will have an opportunity to represent the Avalanche in the 50th Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament in February 2009. Read more.


Peter Budaj was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for the period ending October 26. Budaj posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.62 goals-against average and .941 save percentage as the Avalanche recorded three victories for the week. He stopped 26-of-29 shots in a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 20 and made 25 saves in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 23. On Oct. 25, he stopped 29 shots through overtime and three of five shootout attempts as Colorado defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in a shootout.

Don’t miss “Avalanche All-Access” every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. only on Altitude. Join host Kyle Keefe as he takes you inside the Colorado Avalanche hockey team. This week’s show includes a one-on-one interview with Tony Granato, a chat with assistant coach Jacques Cloutier, a story on the Hockey Hall of Fame inductees and out-takes from Ian Laperierre’s promo shoot at the Altitude offices.
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“I don’t know. I don’t count those. I got one (real hat trick). But I have more Gordie Howe (hat tricks) for sure. But I got one, you can’t take that away from me.”
- Avalanche forward Ian Laperriere when asked how many Gordie Howe Hat Tricks he has in his career. For the record, he now has four “Gordies” after notching a goal, assist and fight on Oct. 23 against Edmonton.

Colorado posted a five-game winning streak from Oct. 16-25, its longest in the month of October since winning nine in a row in October of 2000. In fact, that five-game run matched the second-longest October winning streak in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) and third longest in franchise history.

    9    Oct. 10-28, 2000
    7    Oct. 10-21, 1985
    5    Oct. 16-25, 2008
    5    Oct. 18-30, 1995
    5    Oct. 14-22, 1983

University of Minnesota captain Ryan Stoa scored three goals in two games against the Wisconsin Badgers last weekend, including a pair of tallies in the Gophers’ 5-2 win on Saturday night en route to being named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 28-Nov. 3. Stoa, the Avalanche’s first selection (second round, 34th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, is off to a hot start after missing almost the entire 2007-08 season due to a knee injury. He currently leads the team with six points (4g/2a) through four games, helping Minnesota to a No. 5 ranking in the country. Fellow Avs draft pick Mike Carman is tied for second on the Gophers in scoring with four points (2g/2a). Read more about Carman, Stoa and the rest of Avalanche’s prospects in this week’s Farm Report.

The Avalanche posted a 2-1 shootout victory over Buffalo on Saturday night, the club's fifth consecutive shootout victory dating back to last year. Colorado won its last four shootout games of 2007-08 and its only appearance so far this season. The Avs were 7-3 in shootouts last season (.700), the second highest winning percentage in the NHL behind Edmonton (15-4, .789%).  Individually, Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth are all 7-for-21 in career shootout attempts (33.3%).  Wojtek Wolski leads the way, however, as he is now 8-for-15 in his career (53.3%), the seventh highest percentage in shootout history (min 15 attempts).

Avalanche forwards Paul Stastny and Ian Laperriere were joined by 30 young skaters from The Children's Hospital last week as part of the Avalanche's "Break the Ice" program.
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The NHL Trade Deadline has been moved from March 3 to Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm. ET. The Avs are one of only four teams playing on March 4th, as they host the Detroit Red Wings that night at Pepsi Center. Montreal plays at Buffalo in the only other scheduled game.

After allowing a goal in each of its first seven games this season, the Avalanche’s penalty killing unit has now gone two straight contests without yielding a power-play goal. Buffalo was 0-for-2 on Saturday and Calgary went 0-for-2 on Tuesday.

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