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MacKinnon Named NHL's Third Star of the Week

The Avalanche forward recorded seven points in three games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was named the NHL's third star for the week ending on Nov. 19, the league announced on Monday.

MacKinnon recorded seven points (two goals and five assists) and helped the Avs to a 2-1-0 record in three games this past week.

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Resiliency Rewarded For Avs In Detroit

Colorado plays well and picks up the comeback win

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

There are no moral victories in the NHL. If no points are earned, the defeat stings, no matter how well a team might have played.

The Colorado Avalanche learned that lesson on Saturday at the Nashville Predators. The club played fairly well for much of the night but couldn't capitalize on many of its scoring chances--especially on any of its seven power plays--and lost 5-2.

Twenty-four hours later in the Avs' second game of a back-to-back set at the Detroit Red Wings, it appeared as if they were going to face the same fate. Colorado was getting opportunities, but the team was still down 3-1 and was scoreless on five man advantages midway through the third period on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.

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MacKinnon lifts Avalanche past Red Wings in overtime

Forward scores at 2:55 after Colorado ties game with 46 seconds left in third period

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Nathan MacKinnon scored at 2:55 of overtime, and the Colorado Avalanche rallied to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday. 

"We had great energy, and we were able to overcome a couple early mistakes," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "I'm very happy with this one."

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Avalanche Makes First Trip To Little Caesars Arena

Colorado faces Detroit in second half of a back-to-back

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche's closes its weekend back-to-back set at the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. It's the first of two meetings between the clubs this season and the only one in Detroit. The Avalanche hosts the Red Wings on March 18 at Pepsi Center.

Colorado has a 50-61-10 all-time record against Detroit and a 29-41-6 mark since moving to Denver in 1995. The Avs and Red Wings split last season's two-game series, with each squad winning at home.

Sunday's matchup is the first-ever for the Avalanche at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, the new home of the Red Wings that opened this season.

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Special Teams The Difference Against Nashville

Toninato made NHL debut; Mironov scored first NHL goal

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche had plenty of opportunities against the Nashville Predators but wasn't able to find a way to capitalize.

The Avalanche had seven power-play chances in its contests against the Predators on Saturday but fell 5-2 as it could not find a way to score with the man advantage.

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Smith propels Predators past Avalanche

Forward gets goal, assist in Nashville win

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Craig Smith had a goal and an assist, and Mattias Ekholm scored his third goal in three games for the Nashville Predators in a 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Pekka Rinne made 29 saves for the Predators (11-6-2), who have won six of their past seven games and eight straight against the Avalanche.

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Colorado Prepares For Nashville

Tyson Barrie returns to the lineup, Dominic Toninato set to make NHL debut

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche will look to take the success the team has had at home this season on the road with them against the Nashville Predators tonight.

Colorado is 6-1-1 at home this campaign and 3-6-0 while on the road. The Predators are 5-1-1 in Nashville this season.

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Avs Begin Back-To-Back In Nashville

Colorado returns to the road after one game at home following the Global Series

by Taylor Hodapp / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After a short stay at home, the Colorado Avalanche hits the road again to take on the Nashville Predators on Saturday. This is first of two road games in as many days for Colorado this weekend.

Since 1995-96, the Avalanche is 31-33-5-6 against the Predators and has a 13-17-3-4 record when the visiting team.

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Dominic Toninato Recalled From San Antonio

The forward is expected to join the Avalanche in Nashville

by Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Center Dominic Toninato will have a chance to play in his first NHL game on Saturday in the Colorado Avalanche's game against the Nashville Predators after the team was affected by another injury.

The Avalanche announced on Friday that the forward was recalled from the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. Toninato is acting as a reinforcement after fellow rookie forward Vladislav Kamenev suffered a broken arm in the contest against the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

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Colorado's Top Line Dominates Against Capitals

MacKinnon, Landeskog and Rantanen combined for 12 points

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

There is a reason why the best players are on the top line. They are usually the game changers that can take over contests and get a goal when the team needs it the most. 

The Colorado Avalanche's first unit has been just that recently and that was especially the case on Thursday in the team's meeting against the Washington Capitals. 

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