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Avalanche Weekly Update - March 20

Colorado is in the stretch run of the season

by Danielle Bernstein / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Notes

BARRIE GOOD STREAK: Tyson Barrie has a career-high 10-game point streak (five goals, eight assists), the longest by a defenseman in Avalanche history (since 1995-96). He joined Quebec's Steve Duchesne (15, 1992-93) as the only blueliners in franchise history to post double-digit point streaks.

MacKINNON CLOSES IN ON CAREER STREAK: Nathan MacKinnon has a 12-game point streak (13 goals, 11 assists), one shy of his career high set as a rookie in 2013-14 and the second-longest active streak in the NHL (Patrik Laine, 15).

RANTANEN ALSO STREAKING: Mikko Rantanen has assists in six straight games (3g/10a), tying his career-long assist streak set earlier this year (Dec. 12-23). With a helper on Tuesday at Chicago, Rantanen would have the longest assist streak by a Colorado player since John-Michael Liles from Oct. 7-26, 2010 (nine games).

Upcoming Games

Tuesday, March 20 at Chicago Blackhawks

United Center, 6:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950AM

The Avalanche makes its last trip to the Windy City for the third of four meetings against its Central Division foe, the Chicago Blackhawks. Three of the four matchups between the clubs are in the month of March, as Chicago will visit Pepsi Center to wrap up the season series on March 30. Colorado is 1-0-1 against the Blackhawks in 2017-18.

Thursday, March 22 vs. Los Angeles Kings

Pepsi Center, 7 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950AM

Los Angeles visits Pepsi Center on Thursday night in a clash of two teams fighting for playoff spots. Both teams have 86 points this season, and the Kings currently sit in third place in the Pacific Division, while Colorado holds the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Saturday, March 24 vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Pepsi Center, 1 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 950AM

The Pacific Division leaders make their only regular-season trip to Denver for a Saturday matinee. It's the last of seven afternoon games at Pepsi Center in 2017-18 and the fourth in the month of March. Colorado is 4-1-1 in home matinee contests this season.

Monday, March 26 at Vegas Golden Knights

T-Mobile Arena, 8 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: 92.5 The Wolf

Colorado and Vegas wrap up a home-and-home set to close out their three-game series in 2017-18. The Golden Knights won the first meeting, 7-0, at T-Mobile Arena when the season was still in its infancy, back on Oct. 27.

Player Spotlight: Nathan MacKinnon

On Monday, MacKinnon was named the NHL's second star for the week ending March 18. It's the fourth time the forward has earned one of the league's stars of the week, making him the first Colorado player to earn four weekly honors since the three stars began in 2006-07. MacKinnon had two three-point performances last week and now has 13 on the season, the most games with three-plus points since Peter Forsberg had 14 in 2002-03.

Quotable

"I was nervous, but I am nervous before every game honestly, and I think if you aren't nervous, you shouldn't be playing. I had butterflies like I do every game, but getting those first couple of hits out of the way early definitely helped, and it was just kind of easy from there after I got a couple good looks in to settle down. I got my feet under me, and I was happy with the way I played for the first game back." - Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson after returning to the lineup Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings

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