The Colorado Avalanche continue to boast one of the most erratic schedules in the NHL.
After a five-day break to head to Sweden at the start of November, the Avs played a back-to-back series against the Ottawa Senators overseas, then took another week off to head back home.
From there, they played three games in four days, including yet another weekend back-to-back; now, they’re coming off a two-day rest period before yet another weekend back-to-back.
While it’s been plenty inconsistent for the team, though, they’ve been using their days off for some good:
Alexander and Gabriel are skating with kids from the Denver Children's Home at our Break The Ice event this afternoon!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/L9lJPNjadx— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 21, 2017
The Denver Children’s Home serves as more than just a filming location for American Horror Story.
The almost 150-year-old organization offers full residence and schooling for children who are survivors of trauma and neglect, offering everything from mental health services to second chances at education.
On Tuesday, they partnered up with the Avalanche to provide the residents a chance to get out on the ice, playing some shinny with a handful of the players.
That wasn’t the only team-sanctioned event on Tuesday, either:
The pucks are ready at Pepsi Center.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 22, 2017
Who wins our International PeeWee Qualifier: Arvada or the Jr. Pioneers? #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/COBzCvFcaH
That’s right. Who doesn’t love some PeeWee hockey?
Outside of Colorado, the team’s prospects have been having themselves a pretty great week. Catch up with the Avalanche’s up-and-comers in this weeks’ prospect report. [Mile High Hockey]
Speaking of prospects... on a 17-game winning streak, this 14-year-old goaltender may be the next big thing. To make it all the more impressive, he’s doing so well playing with a prosthetic leg, following in a line of disabled stand-up goaltenders around North America. [Ottawa Sun]
Do the Pittsburgh Penguins just not have luck on their side, by the way? Or are they truly struggling? Here’s a closer look. [Pensburgh]
Finally, it looks like Erik Karlsson is really branching out this year:
Is there anything Erik Karlsson CAN'T do?! pic.twitter.com/kdAFx4GuIF— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 21, 2017