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Avalanche Weekly Update - Oct. 22

Colorado's eight-game point streak to begin the campaign was the second-longest to start a season in franchise history

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STRONG START: Colorado was the last team in the league to fall in regulation, losing to the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Monday night. The Avs' 7-0-1 start to the season was their best through eight games in franchise history, and the eight-game point streak to begin the 2019-20 campaign was the second-longest to start a season in franchise history (11, 9-0-2, 2000-01).

GOALS ON GOALS: Colorado has registered four or more goals in six of its nine games this season and is tied for the league lead (Nashville), averaging four goals per game. The Avs have scored five or more goals on four occasions, tied with the Predators for the most such offensive outings.

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MacKinnon Joins All-Time Greats with Season-Opening Point Streak

Avalanche falls to Blues in first regulation loss of the year

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

ST. LOUIS--If there is one thing that you can say about Nathan MacKinnon, it's that he's consistent. That has especially been the case at the start of the last two regular seasons.

MacKinnon scored Colorado's goal on Monday night at the St. Louis Blues to extend his season-opening point streak to nine games, the second straight year that he has done so. The Avs ended up losing the contest 3-1, which also ended their own eight-game point streak to begin the year (7-0-1).

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Rapid Recap: Blues 3, Avalanche 1

It is Colorado's first regulation loss of the season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

ST. LOUIS--The Colorado Avalanche lost its first game in regulation this season on Monday as the club fell 3-1 to the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center.

Nathan MacKinnon scored the only goal for Colorado to tie the outing at 1-1 at 12:38 of the first period. Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen had assists on MacKinnon's marker, which extended his season-opening point streak to nine outings.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored and had three points (one goal, two assists), while Brayden Schenn and David Perron also tallied for St. Louis.

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Avs Staying Even Keel During Record Start

Colorado continues tough road trip against the defending champion Blues

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

ST. LOUIS--There have been a lot of check marks in the win column for the Colorado Avalanche through this season's first eight games, with several of them coming against opponents considered Stanley Cup contenders.

Outings against the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lighting and Washington Capitals have all ended in victories for the Avs and their 7-0-1 record has propelled them to the top of the standings.

The Avalanche's most recent win against the Lightning might have been its most impressive through the first two-plus weeks of the 2019-20 marathon. On the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday, Colorado won 6-2 against the defending Presidents' Trophy winners that tied a league record with 62 victories last season.

"After doing a little bit of video, it looked like our best game in terms of details to take care of the defensive zone," said Avalanche veteran forward Colin Wilson. "So moving forward, we just want to keep those."

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Blues

Colorado faces the defending Stanley Cup champions

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

ST. LOUIS--The Colorado Avalanche continues its season-long road trip this evening at Enterprise Center versus the division rival St. Louis Blues.

Colorado's stop under the arch is the fifth of the team's six-city tour that concludes on Friday at the Vegas Golden Knights. The Avs are 3-0-1 so far on their first road swing of the year and are off to their best start through eight games in franchise history (7-0-1).

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Colorado Continues Road Trip at St. Louis on Monday

It is the first of five meetings between the Avs and Blues this season

by Kate Reed /

The Colorado Avalanche heads to the St. Louis Blues after a winning weekend in Florida, defeating the Florida Panthers 5-4 in overtime and the Tampa Bay Lighting 6-2. Colorado is the only team still undefeated in regulation this year and its 7-0-1 start this season is the best through eight games in franchise history.

Continuing to lead the team with 11 points each are right wing Mikko Rantanen (five goals, six assists) and Nathan MacKinnon (four goals, seven assists). They are followed by newcomer Andre Burakovsky, who has eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games as an Av.

St. Louis is 3-2-3 to start the year after playing half of its games on the road. The matchup against Colorado is the third of a four-game homestand for the Blues who are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

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Jost's Line Steps Up With Hat Trick

Colorado defeats Tampa Bay to extend point streak to eight games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

TAMPA, Fla.--Tyson Jost owes his linemates big time after the assists they gave him in recording his first career NHL hat trick.

Colin Wilson tied a career high with three assists and J.T. Compher also added two helpers on Jost's three goals in the Colorado Avalanche's 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at Amalie Arena.

"He played really well tonight," Compher said of Jost. "Our line was clicking and creating chances all over the place. Good for him burying them, burying those opportunities. It was a good win."

Jost has scored countless of hat tricks throughout his youth and junior hockey days, but to get one in the NHL was special.

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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 6, Lightning 2

Tyson Jost recorded a hat trick, Pavel Francouz made 44 saves

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

TAMPA, Fla.--Tyson Jost scored three goals for his first career NHL hat trick, and the Colorado Avalanche won 6-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena.

Colin Wilson had assists on each of Jost's three markers, while J.T. Compher had a multi-point performance as well with two helpers. Nazem Kadri, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen also scored goals for Colorado.

Pavel Francouz made 44 saves, including 17 in the third period, to earn his second win in his second NHL start. 

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Lightning: The Avalanche's Next Test

Colorado aims to further prove itself against tough Tampa Bay

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

TAMPA, Fla.--The Colorado Avalanche's season to this point may not seem all that challenging with it currently sporting a 6-0-1 record, but the club's schedule has had its share of tough opponents.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, the defending Presidents' Trophy winners that recorded 128 points--21 more than the league's second-place team--last season is the next tough test for the Avs in the early campaign. Tampa Bay has a 4-2-1 record this season and is coming off two consecutive wins to end a six-game road trip.

"I watched Tampa play all last year and the consistency of their game, playing at home, playing on the road, coming off road trips, after breaks, and they're as consistent as any team in the league," said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Lightning

Colorado completes Florida back-to-back

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

TAMPA, Fla.--Pavel Francouz will make his second career NHL start this evening as the Colorado Avalanche completes a back-to-back set at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Avalanche is coming off a 5-4 overtime victory against the Florida Panthers on Friday to improve to 6-0-1 on the season. Philipp Grubauer made a season-high 40 saves, Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi both had three-point performances and Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winner in OT.

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