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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Jan. 26

Colorado Plays Phoenix Before The Break, St. Louis After Returning

Wednesday, 01.26.2011 / 1:46 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
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This Week In Avalanche Hockey - Jan. 26

WEEK OF JAN. 26-FEB. 2
All Times Mountain

Wed, Jan. 26 vs. Phoenix (7:00 p.m.)
Tue, Feb. 1 @ St. Louis (6:00 p.m.)



They Said It...

 “I knew it was close, just like the one they disallowed the other night. It was close enough that I didn’t know for sure. I put my hands up because I thought it was in and fortunately it was.”

-Ryan Stoa, on his goal that was initially waved off but later confirmed after a video review during Monday’s win over St. Louis. Stoa also had an apparent goal disallowed during last Thursday’s game against Nashville


Photo of the Week



Stat Of The Week

With Paul Stastny being named to the NHL All-Star Game roster on Wednesday, he and his father, Peter, will become just the eighth father-son tandem in NHL history to play in the All-Star Game. Peter played in six NHL All-Star Games during his 15-year career from 1980-1995.




Avalanche All-Access

This week, on Avalanche All-Access, host Kyle Keefe and Avalanche forward Brandon Yip play a PGA golf simulator at Swingers Sports Lounge.  Kyle and Brandon play a round of golf at Pebble Beach, with the competition coming down to the last hole.  Plus, our cameras were there as Peter Forsberg took to the ice to practice with the team, and we talk to the Avalanche great as he considers a comeback.  Also, co-host Julie Browman tells fans about the push to get Avalanche license plates on the state ballot, and Mike Haynes has his weekly chat with head coach Joe Sacco.
I. THE STORYLINE
The NHL’s regular season schedule will go on a five-day hiatus from Thursday through Monday due to the NHL All-Star Break. Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny have been selected to play in the All-Star Game, while rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will take part in the Honda NHL SuperSkills.

Teams will return to practice on Monday and games will resume Tuesday night.

II. WHAT’S ON TAP
On Wednesday, the Avs will play their final game before the break when the club hosts the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center. It will be the second of four meetings between the teams this year, the first of which ended in a 2-0 Coyotes victory on Jan. 6.

Following the break the Avs return to action with a Tuesday night game in St. Louis. Colorado swept both games against the Blues at Pepsi Center this season, which included a 4-3 triumph this past Monday. Overall, the Avalanche has won six straight games over the Blues, outscoring St. Louis by a 31-14 margin during that stretch.

III. NEWS OF THE WEEK
The biggest news coming out of Denver this week was, without a doubt, the announcement that Peter Forsberg would begin skating with Avalanche players in an effort to gauge where he is at physically. The forward first took the ice Saturday morning prior to Colorado’s contest against Boston and has now gone through two full practices with the team.

See the links below for our complete coverage on the Swedish forward.

Written Content
Forsberg Announcement (Jan. 21)
Feature: Forsberg Back On The Ice (Jan. 22)
Notebook: Forsberg’s Morning Skate (Jan. 24)
Practice Report: Forsberg Fills In For Hejduk (Jan. 25)

Video Content
Forsberg Press Conference (Jan. 22)
GM Greg Sherman on Forsberg (Jan. 22)
Forsberg’s Morning Skate Video (Jan. 22)
Forsberg’s Reaction Following His First Practice (Jan. 23)
Video of Forsberg’s First Full Practice (Jan. 23)
Sacco on Forsberg’s First Practice (Jan. 23)
Forsberg Talks to the Media (Jan. 25)
Forsberg Practice Video (Jan. 25)

IV. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
-Forward Tomas Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the season due to pulmonary emboli

-As part of the Guardian Project, “The Avalanche” has been revealed as the 22nd NHL Guardian

-David Jones’ second overtime goal of the season was named the Avalanche “Play of the Week” for the Jan. 14-20 timeframe

-After serving as a healthy scratch three times within a four-game span, forward Brandon Yip found his scoring touch against St. Louis

-This week’s Farm Report focuses on prospect Brandon Maxwell, a goalie for the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers

V. AROUND THE LEAGUE
-The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, turned 50 years old on Wednesday, and NHL.com has plenty of content celebrating the milestone birthday:
Gretzky Remains Celebrated Figure 
A Look At The Great One By The Numbers

Gretzky’s Amazing Feats May Never Be Topped
NHL.com Gretzky Video Channel

-Here’s a look at how Saturday’s Honda NHL SuperSkills will go down

VI. ODDS AND ENDS
-Colorado Avalanche.com posted three great photo galleries in the past week, starting with a Team Fit event hosted by Cody McLeod and Kevin Porter. Also, Chris Stewart hosted a Street Avalanche clinic in conjunction with Colorado UpLift, while Kyle Cumiskey and T.J. Galiardi teamed up with students from the Denver School of International Studies to help prepare C.U.R.E. Kit for Kids medical relief packages

-The next Colorado Avalanche Mailbag will run on Thursday, so check back to ColoradoAvalanche.com to see if your question was selected
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