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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 11

Busy week as Colorado returns home

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Avalanche ranks third in the NHL in total goals (108) and fourth in goals per game (3.60). Colorado has scored six or more goals six different times and five or more goals 11 times, both of which rank second in the NHL behind only Tampa Bay (eight and 13, respectively). The Avs rank second in third-period scoring (44) and are tied with the Lightning for the most combined second and third-period goals (83).

MacKINNON REACHES 20 GOALS: Nathan MacKinnon scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday night in Tampa Bay, matching Joe Sakic's Avalanche record for the fewest team games (30) to reach 20 goals. Sakic tallied his 20th in Colorado's 30th game in 1995-96. MacKinnon's 20 markers are tied for fourth in the NHL.

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, December 11 vs. Edmonton OIlers

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

Colorado returns to Pepsi Center for its first home game in the month of December. Tuesday's outing is just the 12th home contest of the season for the Avs, the fewest in the league, but the Avalanche will play five of its next six games at home.

Friday, December 14 at St. Louis Blues

Enterprise Center, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avalanche heads to St. Louis for the first game of a back-to-back set against Central-Division opponents. Colorado is 3-1-0 in the first game of a back-to-back this season.

Saturday, December 15 vs. Dallas Stars

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avs and Stars clash for the second time this season, and the last meeting between the clubs at Pepsi Center, as both remaining matchups are in Dallas. Colorado won 3-2 in the first game of the season series, which was also the second half of a back-to-back set.

Monday, December 17 vs. New York Islanders

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The New York Islanders make their only visit to Denver on Monday, which is also the second contest of a four-game homestand for the Avalanche. Colorado was 1-1-0 against the Islanders in 2017-18.

Player Spotlight: Mikko Rantanen

Rantanen has registered at least a point in his last 11 games (5g, 14a), tied with Washington's Alexander Ovechkin for the longest active streak in the NHL. He continues to lead the league in scoring with 48 points (12g, 36a) and has held at least a share of the scoring lead since Oct. 23. Rantanen has been the outright leader for 44 of those 50 days. Rantanen's 48 points is the second-highest total through 30 games in Avalanche history behind only Peter Forsberg, who had 53 points through 30 contests in 1995-96.

Quotable

"We have been on the road a lot. It seems like we haven't really slept in our own beds here this last month and a half. It will be nice to go back to the Pepsi Center in front of our own fans." - Avalanche forward Tyson Jost, as Colorado returns to Denver following four-game road trip

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