Back at home for one game before traveling to Arizona Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche club prepares to take on a back-to-back series with the Coyotes. Puck drop takes place at 7 p.m. MT Friday night at Ball Arena.
Friday night's game is the first of four matchups this season between the Colorado and Arizona squads and the first at Ball Arena this season. This will be the first meeting of the teams since April 2021.
Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes
Ball Arena | Denver, Colo.
Arizona's Connor Timmins was selected by the Colorado Avalanche, 32nd overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.… Colorado goalie, Darcy Kuemper was acquired from the Coyotes this past summer and played in Arizona for two seasons…
Colorado owns a 70-51-19 franchise mark against the Coyotes dating back to when Arizona was the Winnipeg Jets and the Avalanche was the Quebec Nordiques. Since the Avs moved to Denver in 1995, the squad has earned a 53-31-11 record against the franchise.
Gabriel Landeskog entered NHL COVID protocol Jan. 10. Avalanche rookie defenseman Bowen Byram remains on personal leave. Darren Helm did not dress for Nashville's game on Tuesday, he is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Mikhail Maltsev was recalled from the taxi squad to fill in.
Jacob MacDonald remains out with an upper-body injury he sustained on Dec. 12. Stefan Matteau is expected to be out for a few more weeks while he rehabs a lower-body injury from October 2021.
SCOUTING THE COYOTES
The Arizona Coyotes are coming off of a 2-1 win at home versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Arizona club currently owns an 8-23-3 record this season and is in eighth place in the Western Division and 31st in the League.
(OPPOSING) PLAYER TO WATCH: Clayton Keller
Arizona forward, Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in goals with 12 and his 14 assists are third on the team. Keller's 0.76 points per game are his highest since the 2017-18 season when he ended the year with 65 points. He has not broken 50 points since that year.
Keller will also be representing the Coyotes in the 2022 All-Star Game next month in Las Vegas.
Nathan MacKinnon was named the Central Division's captain and will be the third consecutive All-Star Game that he will serve as the Central Division's captain, as he also wore the 'C' in 2018-19 and 2019-20 (there was no event last year). He and Joe Sakic (2003-04) are the only Avalanche players to captain an All-Star team
Nazem Kadri is the NHL leader in assists (35), ranks second in points per game (1.60) and fourth in points (48).
Cale Makar is the first Colorado defenseman to be named to the All-Star Game since Erik Johnson in 2014-15. Johnson, however, did not participate in the event due to injury thus Makar is aiming to be the first Colorado blueliner to play in an All-Star Game since Rob Blake in 2003-04.
Cale Makar passes Adam Foote on the franchise PP points leaderboard and is now 35th all time… Fifth consecutive All-Star Game selection for MacKinnon, the fourth-longest streak in franchise history behind Joe Sakic (eight, 1989-90 to 1997-98), Michel Goulet (six, 1982-83 to 1987-88) and Peter Forsberg (six, 1995-96 to 2000-01)... Avs defense prospect Drew Helleson was named to Team USA. The Avalanche's 2nd round pick (47th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft is a junior at Boston College… Jared Bednar becomes the first coach in Avalanche history to serve as a head coach at the NHL All-Star Game. He is the third Avs coach to participate in the All-Star Game, joining Bob Hartley (2000-01) and Marc Crawford (1995-96), who were both selected as assistant coaches