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Get your game notes: Red Wings at Avalanche

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Colorado Avalanche hosting the Detroit Red Wings at 9 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

TOP STORYLINES

• Matchup between two teams making a strong push to position themselves for postseason hockey.

• Last game: DET beat NYI 4-1 on Saturday…COL won at DAL 3-2 SO (11th round) on Tuesday.

• Hottest team in the East…Detroit’s 24 points over its last 16 games is the most in the conference.

• The Wings stretch of strong play starts with a 6-3 win over BUF on December 23rd which snapped a 6-game losing streak at the time…since then, DET has won 12 of its last 16 games (12-4-0).

• DET sits 3rd in the Atlantic – tied in points with MTL at 67 but currently loses the tiebreaker to the Habs having lost both meetings against them this season (although they play each other twice more this season).

• DET trails division/conference leading TB by 2 points but has 2 games in hand on the Lightning.

• DET has made the postseason 23 consecutive seasons – the longest active streak in the league.

• DET G Jimmy Howard injured his groin on Jan. 10 and was expected to miss 2-4 weeks from the time of injury. The All-Star selection is still day-to-day and is hoping to return next week…22-year-old Petr Mrazek has started all 8 games in net since Howard’s injury.

• DET: 7-1-0 in last 8 games.

• 3.88 goals/game during this stretch (3+ goals scored in all 7 wins.)

• Mrazek: 6-1-0 record, 3.12 GAA, .897 SV% in last 8 starts.

• Stopped 22 of 23 shots in the Red Wings’ most recent game on Saturday vs. NYI.

• This season: 11-4-1, 2.66 GAA, .907 SV%.

• Started in net in the first meeting vs. COL this season: 22 saves on 23 shots in the 2-1 SO loss back on Dec. 21 in DET.

• Colorado is also a team playing much better than at the start of its season…it took the Avs until Dec. 23 to reach as many wins on the season as regulation losses (13-13-8 at the time) and until Jan. 8 to surpass their regulation loss total with wins (17-16-8 then)…

• Since Jan. 6, the Avs have earned at least a point in 10 of 12 games (7-2-3) and are allowing only 2.00 goals/game during this stretch.

• 4 of those 5 losses have been by 1-goal (including OT/SO games).

• Central Division scope: The Central has 3 of the top 4 teams in the West, and is the only division in the NHL in which every team is above .500 in points percentage.

• The Avs are 9 points back of Chicago for 3rd in the division but only 4 points behind VAN for the 2nd WC. COL is currently 9th – with 55 points – in a crowded race with 10-12th all at 54 points (MIN, DAL, LA).

DETROIT TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• DET ranks first in the league on the power-play (25.6%) & went 2-4 with the man advantage in its last game.

• DET is 7-for-its-last-15 (46.7%) on the PP in its last 6 games.

• Henrik Zetterberg recorded an assist on Saturday vs. NYI and now has 10 points (5G-5A) in his last 6 games.

• Zetterberg leads the team in both assists (31) & points (46) this season.

• Career vs. COL: 28 points (8G-20A) in 36 games.

• Gustav Nyquist leads the team in PPG (12) – 3rd overall in NHL (behind Alex Ovechkin/Joe Pavelski – 14).

• Nyquist scored against NYI & has 15 points (5G-10A) in his last 13 games including 5 goals in his last 8.

• Nyquist led the team in goals last season (28 in 57 GP) – 9 more than Tatar 2nd on the team.

• Nyquist has 43 goals in his last 84 regular-season games.

• Pavel Datsyuk has an assist in back-to-back games and 9 points (2G-7A) in his last 11 games.

• Career vs. COL: 44 points (18G-26A) in 41 games.

• Tomas Tatar scored vs. NYI and has 10 points (7G-3A) in the new year (12 GP). He has already set a new career high in goals with 22 (besting 19 from last season) and is on pace to surpass his career-high 39-point mark from last season with 35 points in 50 GP this season.

COLORADO TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• COL ranks 29th in the league on the PP (13.0%) and is 0-19 in its last 6 games with the man advantage.

• Two of the oldest members of the Avalanche – 35-year-old Alex Tanguay and 37-year-old Jarome Iginla – are the leading scorers on the team this season.

• Tanguay had his 3-game assist streak snapped at DAL (3A in his last 4 games).

• Career vs. DET: 35 points (12G-23A) in 40 games.

• Iginla leads the team in goals (16) but had his 3-game goal streak snapped at DAL (3G in his last 4 games).

• Career vs. DET: 56 points (22G-34A) in 66 games.

• The Avs have had a top-3 overall pick 3 times in the past 6 seasons. Those 3 players – Matt Duchene (3rd overall in 2009), captain Gabriel Landeskog (2nd overall in 2011), and Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall in 2013) are all performing below their 2013-14 season results but are coming on of late.

• Duchene had 70 pts in 71 games last season.

• He has 31 pts (13G-18A) in 51 games this season but 4 points in his last 5 games.

• Landeskog set career-highs last season in goals (26) and assists (39).

• He has 10 goals and 21 assists in 51 games this season but is riding a 3-game point streak (1G-2A).

• MacKinnon was last season’s Calder Trophy winner (top rookie) with 63 points.

• He had 2 assists vs. NSH two games ago but was held without a point at DAL…and has 29 points (9G-20A) in 51 games overall this season.

• Semyon Varlamov – a Vezina Trophy nominee last season – has started 16 of the 18 Avalanche games since returning from a groin injury; sustained Dec. 8 (missed 6 games).

• 16 gms since return: 10-4-2, 2.03 GAA, .936 SV%, 3 SO.

Get your game notes: Avs at Blues

Colorado Avalanche v St. Louis Blues
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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the St. Louis Blues hosting the Colorado Avalanche at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

TOP STORYLINES

• St. Louis streaking: The Blues have points in 7 straight games (6-0-1 record), outscoring opponents 33-13 in that stretch.

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-0 win vs. TOR.

• Ken Hitchcock earned his 685th regular-season win, passing Pat Quinn for 5th in all-time wins.

• The only loss during this stretch came right before the TOR win – a 3-2 (OT) loss vs. DET last Thursday.

• STL is tied with DAL for the 3rd-best offense in the NHL (3.13 goals/gm), and it owns the league’s top power
play (25.2%).

• Colorado finishing up a road trip: The Avs will conclude a 5-game road trip tonight, and have just 1 win in the first 4 games (1-1-2).

• Last game: Saturday Jan. 17; 3-2 (SO) loss at TB.

• All 3 losses on the road trip have been 1-goal games, with 2 of them coming in a shootout.

• Avs goalies have been under siege, as the team is allowing an average of 36.8 shots/gm on the road trip.

• Central Division scope: The Central has 4 of the top 5 teams in the West, and it is the only division in the NHL in which every team is above .500.

• Brian Elliott (STL) is 4-1-1 since his return from a month-long absence (knee injury – missed 14 gms).

• Elliott is coming off a 27-save shutout against the Maple Leafs on Saturday – his 3rd shutout of the season and 19th overall in a St. Louis uniform.

• He is now 1 shutout away from tying Jaroslav Halak for the most shutouts in franchise history.

• Elliott leads the NHL in GAA (1.90) and ranks 4th in SV% (.929).

• Last Wednesday, Martin Brodeur was granted a 1-week leave of absence from STL. At the time, the Blues made the following statement: “Brodeur will rejoin the club in one week and his future will be addressed at that time.”

• Since then, Darren Dreger has reported that Brodeur might be offered a job in the team’s front office as one possible option once the time off is completed. Dreger also said: “It’s hard to imagine that if he was going to accept a position it wouldn’t be with the New Jersey Devils.”

BLUES TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• Steen/Backes/Oshie on fire: Earlier in the season, St. Louis’ line of Schwartz/Lehtera/Tarasenko drew all the press for its chemistry and offensive prowess, but the current trio of Steen/Backes/Oshie are 3 of the NHL’s top 6 scorers in 2015.

•  Steen had 1 goal, 1 assist vs. TOR to extend his goal streak to 5 games, and his overall point streak to 9 games (7G-9A). His career best was a 13-game point streak early on last season.

• Backes has 2 assists vs. TOR to extend his point streak to 6 games (7G-6A), which ties a career-high.

• Six games ago on Jan. 6, Backes scored 4 goals in a win at AZ – his 2nd career 4-goal game.

• Shattenkirk has been on a tear in 2015, with 10 points (3G-7A) in 8 games. Among d-men, he is tied for the NHL lead in scoring with Mark Giordano of CGY (39 pts).

• Shattenkirk’s 24 power play points (4G-20A) lead all NHL skaters.

• Colorado drafted Shattenkirk 14th overall in 2007, and in 2011 he was traded in a multi-player deal to STL. The Blues gave up 2006 #1 overall pick D Erik Johnson in the deal.

AVALANCHE TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• Two of the oldest members of the Avalanche – 35-year-old Alex Tanguay and 37-year-old Jarome Iginla – are the leading scorers on the team this season.

• Tanguay was a 1st round pick by COL in 1998, and while he has played for 3 other teams (CGY, MTL, TB), he is in his 8th season overall with the Avs.

• Career vs. STL: 45 points (11G-34A) in 46 career games.

• Iginla, signed to a 3-yr/$16M contract this offseason from Boston, has totaled 30+ goals and 60+ points in each of the last 12 full seasons (excluding 2012-13 lockout season), but he is falling short of that pace this season.

• Iginla scored his 573rd career goal last Thurs. vs. FLA, tying him with Mike Bossy for 20th place all-time.

• Career vs. STL: 73 points (29G-44A) in 68 career games (w/ CGY, BOS, and COL).

• The Avs have had a top-3 overall pick 3 times in the past 6 seasons. Those 3 players – Matt Duchene (3rd overall in 2009), captain Gabriel Landeskog (2nd overall in 2011), and Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall in 2013) are all performing below their 2013-14 season results.

• Duchene had 70 pts in 71 games last season, but has just 27 pts (12G-15A) in 46 games this season.

• Landeskog set career-highs last season in goals (26) and assists (39); he has just 9 goals and 19 assists in 46 games this season.

• MacKinnon was last season’s Calder Trophy winner (top rookie) with 63 points.

• He had a goal and an assist vs. TB, bringing his season total to 27 pts (9G-18A) this season.

• Semyon Varlamov – a Vezina Trophy nominee last season – has started 11 of the 13 Avalanche games since returning from a groin injury; sustained Dec. 8 (missed 6 gms).

• 11 gms since return: 7-3-1, 1.97 GAA, .940 SV%, 2 shutouts.

Five individual stats you may find interesting

Nick Foligno
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21.4% — Nick Foligno’s shooting percentage. Among NHL regulars, only Colorado’s Alex Tanguay (23.5%) has a higher conversion rate. Which is why many questioned the wisdom of giving Foligno — a 27-year-old who’s never scored more than 20 goals in a season, and has a career shooting percentage of 12.3 — a six-year, $33 million contract extension. Not saying he’s a bad player, and not saying he could be replaced for way less money. But he sure picked a good time to get hot.

16:43 — Average ice time for Florida’s Nick Bjugstad. Among Panthers forwards, that’s the most on the team. Which is pretty amazing, considering his ice time ranks tied for 135th (with Minnesota’s Thomas Vanek) among all NHL forwards. Indeed, the Panthers take rolling all four lines to the extreme. Saturday in Edmonton, they didn’t have a single forward who played less than 11:46 (Tomas Fleischmann), while no forward played more than 17:37 (Jussi Jokinen).

53 — Takeaways for Colorado forward Ryan O’Reilly. That’s the most in the NHL. We mostly mention this because O’Reilly’s name continues to come up in trade speculation. O’Reilly is signed through next season for a cap hit of $6 million, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. The Avs are still alive in the playoff race, but it’ll be interesting to see where they are come March 2. O’Reilly could be a huge pick-up for a Stanley Cup contender. Granted, he won’t come cheap, which could make an offseason deal more likely, if he’s traded at all.

93.2 — Nino Niederreiter’s PDO. Among skaters that have logged at least 400 minutes of ice time, that’s the lowest. And it helps explain the fact he’s minus-14, the worst plus-minus on the Wild. Five on five, Minnesota goalies have registered an .874 save percentage when Niederreiter’s been on the ice this season. Not sure that’s all his fault.

107.8 — Mike Hoffman’s PDO. Among skaters that have logged at least 400 minutes of ice time, that’s the highest. Not surprisingly, he has a good plus-minus, at plus-19. Just not sure how much credit the 25-year-old winger deserves for Ottawa’s goalies registering a .952 save percentage when he’s been on the ice.

Video: Varlamov, Avs blank Blues 5-0

Semyon Varlamov, John Tavares
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Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was playing in his first game since Dec. 5, turned aside 26 shots, including 12 in the third period earning his second shutout of the season and 15th of his career as Colorado blanked the St. Louis Blues 5-0 Tuesday night.

Jarome Iginla led the way offensively with a goal and an assist.

Erik Johnson, Zach Redmond, Alex Tanguay and Ryan O’Reilly had the other Colorado goals.

St. Louis concluded its’ three-game road trip without a win (0-2-1). Colorado meanwhile has now won three straight heading into the Christmas break.

Jake Allen made 26 saves in the loss and was replaced by Martin Brodeur in the third.

Tuesday night was Colorado’s first win over St. Louis this season. The Blues now hold a 2-1-0 edge in the season series with two games remaining.

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Get your game notes: Blues at Avalanche

Calvin Pickard, David Backes
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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Colorado Avalanche hosting the St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Head-to-head: This is the 3rd of 5 meetings this season between these Central Division foes…

• Nov. 1: STL W 3-2 (SO) at home: Blues F Vladimir Tarasenko scored both goals in regulation before teammate F Joakim Lindstrom scored the game’s lone shootout goal.

• Dec. 13: STL W 3-2 (OT) at COL: Avalanche D Erik Johnson scored twice in regulation and G Calvin Pickard made 39 saves, but STL F T.J. Oshie scored in overtime to give the Blues a road win.

• STL and COL will play again on Dec. 29 in St. Louis – their 3rd matchup in a 17-day span.

• Overall, STL has won 6 of the last 7 games vs. COL, including 3 straight in Colorado at Pepsi Center.

• St. Louis finishing a road trip: The Blues are closing a 3-game trip tonight, and are looking for their first win (0-1-1). They have lost two straight after winning 5 in a row from Dec. 6 to Dec. 16…

• The Blues dropped a 6-4 contest in LA on Thurs. before losing 3-2 (OT) Sat. night in San Jose.

• St. Louis squandered a 3-0 lead to the Kings, and allowed the game-tying goal to the Sharks with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.

• The 9 goals given up in the past 2 games by STL are the most in any 2-game stretch this season. The last time the Blues gave up 9 goals in a 2-game span was last December, also in a pair of losses in SJ and LA.

• St. Louis has not lost 3 straight games all season.

• Colorado returns home: The Avs got 5 of a possible 6 points (2-0-1) on their recent 3-game Eastern-Conference road trip…

• Dec. 18: L 1-0 (OT) at PIT

• Dec. 20: W 5-1 at BUF

• Dec. 21: W 2-1 (SO) at DET

• COL is looking for its first 3-game win streak of the season.

• Overall, COL has points in 5 straight games (3-0-2).

• STL enters with the top power play in the NHL (25.4%).

• The Blues are 10-for-22 (45.5%) with the man-advantage over the last 7 games, including 4 games with 2+ power-play goals. The Blues are 5-1-1 in that stretch.

• COL will provide a stout penalty kill unit on the other side, ranking 7th in the NHL (85.8%).

• St. Louis (45 points) trails Central Division-leading Chicago by 3 points with a game in hand. Nashville (46 points) is also just ahead of the Blues in the division race.

• Colorado is the lone Central team without an above-.500 record. The Avs sit last in the division and 12th in the West.

• Through 33 games last season, the Avs were 22-10-1 (45 points) and sat 3rd in the Central Division.
This season, the Avs are well short of that mark with 32 points.

BLUES TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• F Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team in goals (20; T-2nd in NHL), points (37; T-6th in NHL), and plus/minus rating (+18; 3rd in NHL).

• Tarasenko needs one goal to tie his career high of 21, which he set last season in 64 GP.

• Tarasenko saw his 7-game point streak (6G-5A) snapped against SJ on Saturday.

• The Blues are 34-5-0 all-time in the regular season when Tarasenko scores a goal.

• Like Tarasenko, D Kevin Shattenkirk had a point streak snapped against SJ (2G-4A in 4-game streak).

• Shattenkirk is 2nd on the Blues in scoring (28 points), and that number is good for second among NHL d-men (Mark Giordano, CGY – 34 points).

• Shattenkirk’s 18 power play points (4G-14A) lead all NHL skaters.

• Colorado drafted Shattenkirk 14th overall in 2007, and in 2011 he was traded in a multi-player deal to
STL. The Blues gave up 2006 #1 overall pick D Erik Johnson in the deal.

• D Alex Pietrangelo, part of Canada’s gold-medal winning team in Sochi, leads STL in TOI/G (25:44 TOI/G).

• Pietrangelo has an active 7-game point streak (1G-6A). He had a career-high 9-gm point streak in Jan. 2012.

• F Jori Lehtera, who turns 27 today, has just 1 goal in his past 16 games. He is 4th on STL with 25 points.

• G Jake Allen and G Martin Brodeur have been sharing time since G Brian Elliott’s injury on Nov. 25.

• Brodeur is 2-2-0 in his 4 games with the Blues, and was in net for the 6-4 loss in LA on Thursday. Brodeur allowed 6 goals in the game, and has posted a 3.59 GAA and .882 SV% this season.

• Brodeur has never faced off against Colorado Head Coach Patrick Roy since Roy became a coach.
Brodeur did not play in either of the two Devils-Avalanche games last season.

• Brodeur (690 wins) and Roy (551 wins) are the two winningest goaltenders in NHL history.

• Allen is 3-0-1 in his past 4 starts, and has posted an overall record of 11-3-2 this season. Allen started in the overtime loss on Saturday vs. San Jose, and has a 2.49 GAA and .907 SV% this season.

AVALANCHE TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

• 35-year-old F Alex Tanguay leads COL in goals (11) and points (22) this season.

• Tanguay has only scored 20 goals in a season once since 2007-08 (22 in 2010-11), and he was limited to just 16 games last season due to a variety of injuries.

• Tanguay was a 1st round pick by COL in 1998, and while he has played for 3 other teams (CGY, MTL, TB), he is in his 8th season overall with the Avs.

• Tanguay has 43 points (10G-33A) in 44 career games vs. STL.

• F Jarome Iginla, signed to a 3-yr/$16M contract this offseason from Boston, ranks T-2nd on the team in points (21).

• Not including the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, the 37-year-old Iginla has totaled 30+ goals and 60+ points in each of the last 12 seasons.

• However, both his 7 goals and 21 points in 33 games are falling short of that pace so far this season.

• Iginla has 71 points (28G-43A) in 66 career games vs. STL (all but 1 point came w/ CGY).

• The Avs have had a top-3 overall pick 3 times in the past 6 seasons. Those 3 players – F Matt Duchene (3rd overall in 2009), captain F Gabriel Landeskog (2nd overall in 2011), and F Nathan MacKinnon (1st overall in 2013) are all tied with 20 points this season.

• Duchene has 10G-10A this season, but has been held without a point in 4 straight games.

• The last time he didn’t register a point in five straight games was a 7-game drought at the end of the 2011-12 season.

• MacKinnon, last season’s Calder Trophy winner (top rookie) with 63 points, has just 2 points in his last 9 games.

• D Tyson Barrie is T-2nd on the team in points (21), but has just 1 point in his last 7 games.

• D Erik Johnson has 8G-10A this season. He has goals in 2 straight games, and 4 goals in his last 4 games overall.

• Competition in the Avs net?

• Rookie G Calvin Pickard has started the past 6 games for Colorado, allowing just 10 goals in those games.

vIn that stretch, Pickard is 3-1-2 with a 1.61 GAA and .955 SV%.

• Pickard has allowed just 1 goal in each of his last 3 games.

• Pickard’s .939 SV% overall ranks 2nd in the NHL (Michael Hutchinson, WPG – .940 SV%).

• Pickard is seeing so much action because of G Semyon Varlamov’s groin injury, sustained Dec. 8 in practice.

• Varlamov has missed the last 6 games, but is expected to return and start tonight vs. STL.

• This season, the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy nominee has a 4-6-5 record with a 3.22 GAA and .909 SV%.

• Pickard (6 W in 13 GP) has played 2 fewer games than Varlamov (4 W in 15 GP) this season, but has 2 more wins.