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MacKINNON NAMED SECOND STAR: Nathan MacKinnon was named the NHL's Second Star for the month of November. He tied for the league lead with 23 points (9g/14a) in 14 games last month, equaling the Avalanche record for scoring in November set by Peter Forsberg in 1995-96. The 23 points were a career high for MacKinnon in a single month.
ROAD WARRIORS: Colorado has won six consecutive road games, tied for the second-longest road winning streak in franchise history and one short of their single-season franchise record of seven straight road wins set in 1998-99. Colorado is 10-4-2 on the road this year and has the most away points in the NHL (22). The club has scored 62 goals on the road this season, the most of any team in the league.
Tuesday, December 4 at Pittsburgh Penguins
PPG Paints Arena, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avalanche continues its four-game, Eastern Conference road trip against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, the second and final meeting between the clubs this season. Colorado won 6-3 in the first matchup last Wednesday in Denver, backed by a four-point night (1g/3a) from Nathan MacKinnon.
Thursday, December 6 at Florida Panthers
BB&T Center, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avs take on the Florida Panthers on Thursday for the first of two matchups between the teams in 2018-19. The Avalanche won both contests last season, outscoring the Panthers by a combined 9-4 margin. Florida will make its annual trip to the Mile High City on Feb. 25.
Saturday, December 8 at Tampa Bay Lightning
Amalie Arena, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
Colorado wraps up its road trip in Tampa Bay, also closing out a two-game series against the Lightning. Tampa Bay won the first matchup 1-0 on Oct. 24 at Pepsi Center. Colorado is presently 9-2-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including a 5-1-1 mark on the road.
Player Spotlight: Semyon Varlamov
Varlamov turned away all 24 shots he faced against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night to pick up his first shutout of the season and the 24th of his career. Varlamov has now registered 20 shutouts as a member of the Avalanche, the second-most in franchise history to Patrick Roy (37). He's 6-0-1 in his last seven starts, which included a five-game winning streak from Nov. 11-27.
"It was a little stressful, it's not like you are leading 5-0 with five minutes left. We knew that Detroit was going to push back in the third period. Like I said, they are a good team and never give up. They are playing all 60 minutes, so we knew that and just tried to stay focused." - Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov following Colorado's 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night