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Entered Friday's home game against Carolina as one of the NHL's elite squads after an 8-1-0 start to the season, including a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh on Monday in which J.S. Giguere made 34 saves for the shutout and the Avs' penalty kill unit was a perfect seven for seven.

The Avs will be without forward Cody McLeod, who was suspended five games Monday for an illegal hit Oct. 17 on Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall.

Colorado was a perfect 6-0 when scoring first, heading into Friday's game against the Canes.

With their 8-1-0 October to date the Avs have equaled their best start through nine games in franchise history. The Nordiques also went 8-1-0 in their first nine games of '94-95, while the Avalanche recorded 16 points (7-0-2) through their first nine in 2000-01.

New coach Patrick Roy led the Avalanche to a 6-0-0 start in his first six games behind the bench, tying the NHL record for consecutive wins by ahead coach to begin his career. He equaled the mark set by Mario Tremblay, who won his first six games with the Montreal Canadiens in 1995-96.

WINNIPEG JETS

31 Ondrej Pavelec

35 Al Montoya

2 Adam Pardy

4 Paul Postma

5 Mark Stuart

9 Evander Kane

12 Olli Jokinen

14 Anthony Peluso

15 Matt Halischuk

16 Andrew Ladd

17 James Wright

18 Bryan Little

19 Jim Slater

22 Chris Thorburn

24 Grant Clitsome

26 Blake Wheeler

27 Eric Tangradi

28 Patrice Cormier

33 Dustin Byfuglien

39 Toby Enstrom

40 Devin Setoguchi

44 Zach Bogosian

55 Mark Scheifele

67 Michael Frolik

COLORADO

AVALANCHE

1 Semyon Varlamov

35 Jean-Sebastien Giguere

2 Nick Holden

4 Tyson Barrie

5 Nate Guenin

6 Erik Johnson

7 John Mitchell

8 Jan Hejda

9 Matt Duchene

11 Jamie McGinn

15 PA Parenteau

16 Cory Sarich

17 Steve Downie

24 Marc-Andre Cliche

26 Paul Stastny

29 Nathan MacKinnon

40 Alex Tanguay

44 Ryan Wilson

58 Patrick Bordeleau

61 Andre Benoit

90 Ryan O'Reilly

92 Gabriel Landeskog

-- Ed Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 26, 2013 C4

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