Colorado Avalanche Face Streaking Detroit Red Wings To Finish Off Homestand

Colorado is 4-3 on their current homestand, and will face Detroit before heading back out on the road.

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Avalanche Vs. Red Wings Final Score: Colorado Wins 4-2

The Avalanche took a 3-2 lead into the final period Sunday night, and despite a pair of third-period penalties, they were able to hold on and close out the rival Detroit Red Wings, 4-2. The only scoring in the third period came on an empty-netter in the final minute by Ryan O'Reilly, his second goal of the night.

Unofficially, Colorado finished the game with a 34-29 edge in shots on goal and a 31-9 edge in hits.

The win brought the Avs back to .500 at 13-13-1, and while they're still in fourth place in the Northwest, they're very much in contention there and in the Western Conference playoff race in general.

Colorado will be back in action on Tuesday against Vancouver.

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Avalanche Vs. Red Wings Score Update: Colorado Up 2-1 After 2 Periods

The Colorado Avalanche rallied from a one-goal deficit after the first period to take a 2-1 lead heading into the final period on Sunday night. Ryan O'Reilly scored his fifth goal of the season and tied the game less than 30 seconds into the second period, and Paul Stastny gave Colorado the lead with a power play goal about 90 seconds after that.

Unofficially, the Avalanche have a 26-15 edge in shots on goal through two periods, including a dominant 19-4 effort in the second. The Avs also have won 18 of 35 faceoffs and are out-hitting Detroit, 20-5.

Both teams have converted on the power play tonight. Johan Franzen scored Detroit's lone goal.

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Avalanche Vs. Red Wings: Colorado Looks For Strong Finish To Homestand

It's been a Tale of Two Homestands for the Colorado Avalanche. Entering their season long eight game homestand in the midst of an offensive slump, Colorado needed a strong showing in front of their home crowd to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. It sure didn't start out that way after going 1-2 in their first three home games and appearing like a lost team.

The last four games have been vastly different, as they have gone 3-1 in dominating fashion, including blowout wins against the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils, and a well-earned victory against one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues.

This streak happens to coincide with the debut of blossoming rookie defenseman Stefan Elliott, who scored three points in his first three games and adding plenty of speed and puck handling ability on the Avalanche blue line. He will be joined by the return of defenseman Erik Johnson -- who has missed the past week with a strained groin -- as first reported by Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

In a fitting end to the homestand, the archrival Detroit Red Wings come to town for their second visit to Pepsi Center this season. Detroit has recovered from their early season slump and have returned to their standard domination, having won seven games in a row and catapulting them back towards the top of the Central Division. Pavel Datsyuk has been on fire, scoring six goals and seven assists in the past 10 games. Valtteri Flippula and Johan Franzen have both contributed 10 points a piece in that time frame, and goalie Jimmy Howard (.928 SV% in the past 10 games) has been very good as well.

Detroit is a dangerous team firing on all cylinders. If the Colorado Avalanche have truly turned a corner, they will have to earn this victory to wrap up the homestand. In the tight Western Conference playoff race, a 5-3 homestand can make a difference. A loss tonight, dropping down to a 4-4 homestand, is the definition of team staying afloat.

Puck drops at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Red Wings blog Winging It In Motown.

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Avalanche Vs. Blues Recap: O'Reilly Powers Avs Past Blues

St. Louis Blues defenseman, and ex-first round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, Kevin Shattenkirk got the first laugh in his return to the Pepsi Center on Friday night, but it was the Avs that left the victorious after defeating the Blues 3-2 in an overtime shootout. Shattenkirk, who was traded along with forward Chris Stewart to the Blues last February for two players and a first round pick, scored the game's opening goal on Friday night to put the Blues up 1-0.

That goal was followed up in the first by Milan Hejduk, who pocketed his ninth of the season to tie the game at one. The Blues added a goal in the second to go up a goal, but the Avs tied the game once again in the third on Ryan O'Reilly's fourth goal of the season. And in overtime, it was O'Reilly, who scored the shootout's only goal, who put the Avs on top for good.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Blues blog St. Louis Game Time

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Avalanche Vs. Blues Score Update: Blues Ahead 2-1 After Two

Patrick Berglund's fifth goal of the season gave the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 lead over the Colorado Avalanche in Friday night's match up of recent Western conference trade partners. Berglund's goal, which was assisted by Chris Stewart and Ian Cole, came with just over five and a half minutes gone in the second period.

The Blues had a more active period, outshooting the Avalanche 16-11 in the second, despite starting the period on the power play, and getting two other man advantages in the second. The Avs' inability to convert on power plays is out of character for the team, as their 23% conversion rate on the season is good for third in the NHL. The Blues, meanwhile, upped their league worst power play percentage with their goal in the first period on Friday night.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Blues blog St. Louis Game Time

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Avalanche Vs. Blues Score Update: Teams Tied 1-1 After First Period

In his first game back at the Pepsi Center in Denver after being traded by the Avalanche this February, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the opening goal of the night on Friday to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. The lead would not stand for long though, as the Avalanche tied the game exactly five minutes later on Milan Hejduk's ninth goal of the season, which came on assists from Ryan O'Reilly and Ryan Wilson.

The goal by Shattenkirk came on the power play, where the Blues had only scored 10% of the time on the season. The Avalanche will start the second period on the power play themselves, after Blues winger David Backes was sent to the box for high sticking with only 26 seconds left in the first period.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Blues blog St. Louis Game Time

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Avalanche Vs. Blues: Reunion Night! Shattenkirk And Stewart Return To Pepsi Center

If you're a fan of the Colorado Avalanche, you probably remember February 19, 2011. That night, the Avalanche sent forward Chris Stewart and rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement, and the Blues' 2011 first round selection (used to select top defensive prospect Duncan Siemens).

This trade shook the NHL world, as Johnson was a former first overall selection and Shattenkirk and Stewart were two highly regarded young players. It was the first major step towards Colorado rebuilding their roster from small, fast defense into one that currently ranks as one of the largest in the NHL.

These two teams meet at Pepsi Center for the first time this season, and is the first time that Shattenkirk and Stewart will play in Denver wearing a Blues uniform. Shattenkirk is enjoying a sensational year for St. Louis, as his team-leading 12 assists is a big reason the Blues are only one point out of the Central Division lead. Stewart, on the other hand, has struggled with only three goals in 21 games played for the Blues. He has yet to display the offensive explosiveness that St. Louis thought they were acquiring last spring.

This reunion game has lost some of its luster, as Adrian Dater of the Denver Post confirms that Erik Johnson will not be ready to play on Friday night due to a pulled groin. It does, however, ensure that new rookie sensation defenseman Stefan Elliott will play in this contest. Elliott (2nd round, 2009) has scored two goals and an assist in his first three NHL games and has been a catalyst for the scuffling Avalanche. His imminent arrival in the NHL was a major factor in Colorado's decision to include Shattenkirk in that trade with Johnson and so far he has shown to be a potential impact player on the blue line.

Former Avalanche goalie Brian Elliott has been the best netminder in the game this year - he still has yet to allow more than two goals in a start -- but he gets the night off in favor of Jaroslav Halak. Semyon Varlamov was been very good the past week for Colorado and will get another start in net.

Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. MDT.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and ourBlues blog St. Louis Game Time

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Avalanche Vs. Devils Final Score: Avs Score Three In The Third, Win 6-1

The Colorado Avalanche pushed their record against the Eastern Conference to 6-1 with a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

After a scoreless second period, Colorado's offense went off for three goals in the third period. Ryan O'Reilly scored his third goal of the season off an assist from Milan Hejduk to push Colorado's lead to 4-1 just minutes into the third. Jay McClement would beat Martin Brodeur for a shorthanded goal, his fourth of the year, with 10 minutes remaining. Stefan Elliott netted Colorado's final goal thanks to assists from Kyle Quincey and Ryan O'Reilly. 

Colorado out-shot New Jersey 25-19. The Avalanche also dominated in faceoffs, 30-17.

Milan Hejduk finished with a goal and an assist for Colorado (11-13-1) in the win. O'Reilly added two assists in addition to his third period score.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored New Jersey's lone goal in the second period.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Devils blog In Lou We Trust.

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Avalanche Vs. Devils Score Update: Avs Lead 3-1 After Two Periods

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his fifth goal of the season thanks to assists from Zach Parise and Adam Henrique for the only goal of the second period as the New Jersey Devils cut the Colorado Avalanche's lead to 3-1.

After a four penalty first period, the second period featured just one: the Avs Kyle Quincey was whistled for slashing. New Jersey's power play will carry over to the third period.

The offensive action has been fairly tame thus far. New Jersey out-shot Colorado 9-6 in the second period and holds a 15-14 advantage in shots on game in the game. The Avs have dominated faceoffs, holding a 19-8 edge. Colorado leads in hits 16-15.

For the Avs to finish off the Devils and earn the win, goalie Semyon Varlamov will have to continue to play well. The young Colorado goaltender has lost eight of his last nine starts.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Devils blog In Lou We Trust.

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Avalanche Vs. Devils Score Update: Avs Score Three In The First

The Colorado Avalanche are desperately seeking a win against the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Pepsi Center, having dropped three of their last four. Colorado sure had the look of a team in dire need of a victory during a first period ends with the Avs boasting a 3-0 lead.

Milan Hejduk got the scoring started for Colorado by banging in a wrist shot for his eight goal of the year off assists from Ryan O'Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog. T.J. Galiardi would beat Devils goalie Martin Brodeur seven minuets later for his second score of the season with a back-hand goal. Jan Hejda would score his third goal of the year minutes later off assists from Matt Dechene and Ryan Wilson to bring us to 3-0.

Colorado out-shot the Devils 8-6 in the first period, and won faceoffs by the same number. The Avs also had more hits, finishing with a 10-7 advantage after the first period.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Devils blog In Lou We Trust.

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Avalanche Vs. Devils: Landeskog, Larsson Face Off At Pepsi Center

The Colorado Avalanche had many options heading into the 2011 NHL Draft as they held the second overall selection. It was common knowledge that Edmonton would select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, leaving Colorado with forward Gabriel Landeskog or defenseman Adam Larsson as the most likely selection.

Colorado chose Landeskog and Larsson fell to fourth overall, where he was gleefully snatched up by the New Jersey Devils. These two rookies will finally get to face each other on NHL ice, as the Devils pay their only visit to Pepsi Center on Wednesday evening.

Larsson has put up respectable numbers (2 G, 6 A) for the Devils while finding himself earning over 20 minutes of ice time per game. He's currently at -4 for the season, a completely respectable number for a 19 year old defenseman. His Devils are also doing well this season, with a 12-9-1 record in the crowded Atlantic Division (though they currently have a -1 goal differential on the season). Patrik Elias leads the team with eight goals, ahead of their two main stars. Zach Parise has 12 points on the season and superstar Ilya Kovalchuk has 13 points.

Despite the struggles of most of their top talent, New Jersey has succeeded by leaning heavily on the play of goalie Johan Hedberg (2.24 GAA, .920 SV%). Veteran Martin Brodeur is still in the picture, but suffered an injury earlier this season and currently sports a save percentage below .900 this season en route to a 5-5 record.

For Colorado, they are coming off another frustrating loss. Despite outshooting Dallas, the Avalanche fell by a 3-1 margin after failing to capitalize on their chances against the Stars' backup goalie. On this homestand, Colorado is now 2-3 with three remaining games and certainly need to gain some momentum before heading back on the road. Forward Joakim Lindstrom was placed on waivers and, if unclaimed, will be heading to AHL Lake Erie. Rookie defenseman Stefan Elliott appears to have made his case and will stay on the active roster after scoring two points in his first two career NHL games.

Puck drops at 7:30 pm. MDT

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Devils blog In Lou We Trust.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Recap: Colorado Falls 3-1 At Home

Michael Ryder scored twice in the third period to help lift the Dallas Stars to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on Monday. Goalie Andrew Raycroft was the other star for Dallas, locking down the Colorado offense despite facing 36 shots.

Ryder's first goal of the period extended the Dallas lead to 2-0 with five minutes left in the second period. It came off assists from Loui Eriksson and Philip Larsen. Kevin Porter would finally get the Avalanche on the board less than two minutes later, scoring his first goal of the season off feeds from David Jones and Ryan Wilson. Ryder iced the game with a late goal, his ninth of the year, off assists from Eriksson and Adam Pardy.

Colorado ended the game out-shooting Dallas by just one, 36-35. The Avalanche also led in hits (18-14), takeways (9-8) and faceoffs won (32-29).

Colorado ended the night with 23 penalty minutes, with most coming on a first period fight involving Cody McLeod.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Score Update: Colorado Trails By A Goal With One Period Remaining

The Colorado Avalanche appear to have found an extra spark offensively tonight against the Dallas Stars, but it still hasn't been enough to put them on the scoreboard. Despite out-shooting the visiting Stars 27-20 through two periods, Dallas goalie Andrew Raycroft has been strong in net to preserve a shutout. Through two periods, Eric Nystrom's early score has been the only goal of the night as Dallas leads the Avs 1-0.

Two more players joined the developing penalty party in period No. 2. Dallas' Michael Ryder drew two minuets for holding on the Avs' Jan Hejda, while Colorado's Ryan Wilson was whistled for cross-checking on Radek Dvorak.

The Avs have already racked up 21 penalty minutes thus far. The 1-0 score is a testament to how strong the penalty kill unit has been for Colorado this evening. The Avalanche are also leading in hits (14-10) and faceoffs (23-18).

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Stars blog Defending Big D.

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Avalanche Vs. Stars Score Update: Dallas Leads 1-0 After One

Eric Nystrom beat Semyon Varlamov for his eighth goal of the season off assists from Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas to give the Dallas Stars a 1-0 lead over the Colorado Avalanche after one period on Monday at the Pepsi Center.

It was an opening period marred by fighting and penalties. Krys Barch dropped the gloves with Avalanche forward Cody McLeod just three minutes into the game. McLeod would draw an additional two minutes for instigating the fight and then a 10 minute misconduct penalty. That wasn't it: Dallas' Sheldon Souray and Tom Wandell would each take penalties for slashing and hooking (respectively) on the Avs' Daniel Winnik. Colorado's Ryan O'Byrne would also get two minutes for cross-checking.

Colorado out-shot the Stars 11-8 in the first period. Dallas goalie Andrew Raycroft made several highlight reel saves in the first.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Stars blog Defending Big D.

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Avalanche Vs Stars: Colorado Still Searching For Home Traction

Colorado is even on this homestand with a 2-2 record. A victory over reeling Dallas can give them some much-needed momentum.

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