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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 31

Cale Makar looks to join Nathan MacKinnon at 2020 All-Star Weekend

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Avalanche Notes

50-POINT MARK: The Avalanche on Saturday became the second Western Conference team to surpass the 50-point mark, doing so in its 39th game. Colorado reached 50 points before its 40th game for the sixth time since moving to Denver.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Nathan MacKinnon has 458 career points, tied with Paul Stastny for ninth place in franchise history and fifth place in Avalanche history. His next goal will tie him with Matt Duchene (178) for eighth in franchise history (fifth in Colorado history).

Makar Named Avs "Last Man In" Candidate

Nathan MacKinnon was voted the Central Division's captain for the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and rookie defenseman Cale Makar could join him at the mid-season classic. One spot remains on each division's team, and Makar is the Avalanche's candidate for the "Last Men In" ballot. Makar ranks second on the team with 29 points (8g, 21a) through 31 games this season. Despite missing eight contests with an upper-body injury, he ranks second among all rookies in scoring and eighth among all NHL defensemen. 

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, Dec. 31 vs. Winnipeg Jets

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

The Avalanche plays its last game of 2019 against the Winnipeg Jets, the second of four meetings between the Central Division foes. Tuesday's game will include a postgame indoor firework show to ring in the new year.

Thursday, Jan. 2 vs. St. Louis Blues

Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m. MT, TV: NBCSN, Radio: 92.5 FM

Colorado closes out a stretch of four-straight, Central-Division games against the division leader St. Louis Blues. It's the first contest of the season series in Denver, as St. Louis hosted the first two matchups.

Saturday, Jan. 4 at New Jersey Devils

Prudential Center, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude 2, Radio: 92.5 FM

Colorado begins a three-game, Eastern-Conference road trip against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. The Avs won the first contest versus New Jersey, 3-1, on Dec. 13 and are 10-2-2 versus Eastern Conference opponents this season.

Monday, Jan. 6 at New York Islanders

Nassau Coliseum, 5 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 FM

The Avs head to Long Island for the first of two matchups against the Islanders. It will be Colorado's first game at Nassau Coliseum since Nov. 11, 2014. New York will make its lone trip to Denver on Feb. 19 to close out the season series.

Community Spotlight

On Monday, Dec. 30 at Pepsi Center, Avalanche forward Matt Nieto participated in a floor hockey clinic with 100 intellectually disabled athletes from Special Olympics Colorado as part of the Avalanche Street/Floor Hockey program and NHL's Hockey Is For Everyone initiative. Following the clinic, J.T. Compher and Gabriel Landeskog skated with children and their families from past and present Avalanche Charity Brunch events as part of the Avs' Break the Ice program.

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