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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Jan. 19

Colorado Has Four Games Remaining Before NHL All-Star Break

Wednesday, 01.19.2011 / 4:19 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Jan. 19

WEEK OF JAN. 19-26
All Times Mountain

Thu, Jan. 20 vs. Nashville (7:00 p.m.)
Sat, Jan. 22 vs. Boston (1:00 p.m.)
Mon, Jan. 24 vs. St. Louis (7:30 p.m.)
Wed, Jan. 26 vs. Phoenix (7:00 p.m.)



They Said It...

 “Yeah, it happens from time to time. But if it’s something that’s tough to explain in English, I don’t even try; I just use Czech with Milan.”

-Tomas Fleischmann, discussing how he occasionally slips back and forth between speaking Czech and English on the ice


Photo of the Week



Stat Of The Week

David Jones has scored two overtime goals so far in January, the first Avalanche player to score two OT goals in one calendar month since Peter Forsberg in October of 2000.



Avalanche All-Access

This week, on Avalanche All Access, 20-year old sensation Matt Duchene talks about the excitement of making his first NHL All-Star Team and rookie Kevin Shattenkirk also talks about taking part in the festivities during the Honda NHL SuperSkills .  Also, Kyle Keefe heads into the Avalanche locker room for another edition of “Quick Hits,” where he grills players on naming the planets and other off-the-wall questions.  Plus, Joe Sacco talks about the big five-game homestand.
I. THE STORYLINE
Though the League’s schedule will come to a halt next Thursday when the NHL All-Star Break begins, the Avalanche has plenty to keep it occupied until then. Colorado finishes up a five-game homestand by playing four games in the next seven days.

II. WHAT’S ON TAP
The Avalanche’s season is over halfway finished, but Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators will mark the first meeting between the two teams this season. Colorado and Nashville will also meet up on Feb. 12 and March 12 in Tennessee before concluding their season series on March 31 at Pepsi Center.

Saturday’s contest against the Boston Bruins will be Colorado’s second afternoon tilt of the season (and the second in two weeks). These two teams met up once last season, with Colorado earning a 4-3 victory on Oct. 12.

The Avs and St. Louis Blues will face off Monday for the second time this season. In their previous matchup, the Avs defeated the Blues by a 6-3 count on Nov. 15. The Blues saw the return of T.J. Oshie from injury in their 2-1 triumph over Los Angeles on Tuesday. Sidelined 31 games with a broken ankle, the dangerous forward was leading St. Louis with 10 points (1g/9a) in 13 games before his injury.

Looking ahead, Colorado will play its final game prior to the NHL All-Star Break on Wednesday when the Phoenix Coyotes come to town. The two clubs previously met on Jan. 6, which ended in a 2-0 Phoenix victory.

III. NEWS OF THE WEEK
For David Jones, when the goals and points come, they often come in bunches.

Jones posted a two-goal effort in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks, which included the game-winning goal in overtime.

It was the fifth multi-goal game of his career, which is somewhat interesting when you look at his career totals.

In 133 NHL games, Jones has tallied 36 goals and 27 assists for 63 points. That means over 25 percent of his career goals have been scored during those five multi-goal performances.

Maybe even more intriguing is Jones’ pattern of putting up multi-point efforts. As part of his 63 points, 27 have come in multi-point performances (42.9% of his total). The Vancouver native has totaled three-point nights on five different occasions in his career, while also adding six different two-point efforts.

IV. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
-Last Thursday we posted a profile on Avalanche prospect Luke Walker. Walker, a 2010 draftee currently playing with the Lake Erie Monsters, took a unique path to the professional ranks.

- Matt Duchene talks about the signs fans make for him, David Jones breaks down a typical “practice day” and Tomas Fleischmann discusses how he occasionally slips into his native tongue in the latest Avalanche Mailbag.

-Forward Chris Stewart made his long-awaited return Friday night against the Minnesota Wild.

-Ryan O’Reilly will miss only a couple of weeks after a scary injury during that same game against the Wild.

-Finally, this week’s Farm Report features prospect Mike Carman, who is leading not only the Lake Erie Monsters, but the entire American Hockey League in short-handed goals.

V. AROUND THE LEAGUE
-The NHL has announced that Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes will serve as captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

-In this video piece, John Giannone and Bill Clement debate who is the greatest defenseman of all time… and former Avalanche blueliner Ray Bourque is in the discussion.

-Check out last week’s top goals, saves and hits from around the NHL.

VI. ODDS AND ENDS
-Colorado’s game against Nashville on Thursday will be a KeyBank Guys Night Out. Get two tickets, two beers and two Guys Night Out t-shirts for $59.

-The Avalanche will provide a KYGO Puck Pack deal to fans for next Wednesday’s game against Phoenix. Receive two tickets, two Pepsis and a $10 Altitude Authentics gift card for just $98.50.

-There will be another great deal for that same game on Wednesday, as the Avs present a Pepsi Student Rush night. Limited tickets are available for $15 at the box office with a student ID, and Pepsi Student Rush t-shirts can be redeemed at Pepsi Center with Student Rush stickers found on Pepsi products.
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