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FIRST HALF RECORDS: Mikko Rantanen's 62 points through Colorado's first 41 games set a new Avalanche record for points through the midway point of the season, passing Peter Forsberg's 60 points in 1995-96. Rantanen ranks second in the league in scoring with 65 points and second in assists (46). His 10 power-play tallies are tied for fourth.
BARRIE SETS NEW RECORD: With three assists last Friday night against the Rangers, Tyson Barrie became the highest-scoring defenseman in franchise history with 278 career points, surpassing John-Michael Liles, who recorded 275 points with Colorado. Barrie already passed Liles for the most assists and is two goals shy of tying Liles for second place on the franchise's list of goals by a defenseman.
Tuesday, January 8 at Winnipeg Jets
Bell MTS Place, 6 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950 AM
The Avalanche clashes with the Central Division's second-place team to start a five-game Canadian road trip. It's the second of five matchups between the Avs and the Jets this season.
Wednesday, January 9 at Calgary Flames
Scotiabank Saddledome, 7:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avs wrap up a three-game season series against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. The Flames won the first two matchups, 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 13 in Denver and 6-5 on Nov. 1 in Calgary.
Saturday, January 12 at Montreal Canadiens
Bell Centre, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
Colorado and Montreal meet for the final contest of their two-game season series. The Avs won 2-1 on Dec. 19 at Pepsi Center, backed by two-point nights from Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon.
Monday, January 14 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Scotiabank Arena, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avs' season-long road trip continues against the Maple Leafs, the first of two games between the clubs in 2018-19. Toronto will make its lone trip to the Mile High City on Feb. 12.
Player Spotlight: Gabriel Landeskog
Landeskog could be named to the Central Division roster for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game as part of the league's "Last Men In" ballot. One spot remains on each division's team and will be filled by a fan vote, which is open through 9:59 p.m. MT on Jan. 10. Landeskog shares the team lead with 25 goals this season, tied for fifth in the NHL and just one shy of matching his career high of 26 set during the 2013-14 campaign. He has already set a career high with seven game-winning goals, tied for the league lead, and has matched his personal best with eight power-play tallies.
"It is not something I set out to do, but it has been in striking distance the last couple of weeks. I have been a bit cold so it took a little bit longer than I would have liked, but it is something I will be able to look back and take pride in. There have been some great defensemen that have come through here, Johnny Liles is one of them. He is a great guy too, so I will have to buy him dinner." - Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie after passing John-Michael Liles to become the all-time points leader among defensemen in franchise history