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SHINING STARS: Cale Makar was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month for November, and Nathan MacKinnon was named the league's Second Star for the month. MacKinnon was also named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Dec. 1.
Makar led all rookies in goals (7), points (16), game-winning goals (3), plus/minus (+10) and average time on ice (21:25) in 14 contests. He became the fifth rookie defenseman in NHL history to record seven or more goals within a single calendar month and the first since Brian Leetch in January 1989. MacKinnon finished the month with 25 points (10g, 15a), the most he has produced in any month of his career and the most by an Avalanche player in a single month since Joe Sakic registered 26 points in March 2000.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Toronto Maple Leafs
Scotiabank Arena, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avs begin a three-game, Eastern Conference road trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, which will also close out the two-game season series between the clubs.
Thursday, Dec. 5 at Montreal Canadiens
Bell Centre, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
Colorado heads to Montreal for the first of two meetings against the Canadiens in 2019-20. It will be the second half of a back-to-back set for the Avalanche, which is 2-2-0 in the second half of such sets so far this season.
Saturday, Dec. 7 at Boston Bruins
TD Garden, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
The Avs wrap up their three-game road trip against the Bruins. The clubs previously met on Oct. 10 in Denver with the Avalanche overcoming a two-goal deficit to win 4-2. Colorado is 10-0-1 over its last 11 games in Boston.
Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. Calgary Flames
Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM
Colorado closes out a three-game season series against the Flames at Pepsi Center Monday night. The Avs are 2-0-0 against Calgary this season, and including playoffs, have won the last six meetings.
The Avalanche made its annual Holiday Hospital Visit on Monday afternoon, visiting with patients at a local pediatric hospital in an effort to lift spirits and bring smiles during the holiday season. The players, along with mascot Bernie and the Ram Trucks Avalanche Ice Patrol visited patient rooms, handed out Bernie plush animals, signed autographs and took pictures with the children and their families.
"Yeah, he's a pretty good player, huh? Easy game, just come out, two periods, four points. No, I mean he's obviously a world-class player, elite player, superstar in this league and we're obviously thrilled to have him back. You know, anytime you can get assets back - which we will here over the next couple of weeks - we're only going to get better. So, if we can keep this team game together and continue to move forward, we'll be in a good spot moving forward." - Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole on Mikko Rantanen's return to the lineup on Saturday night